The Return – Nas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTElCXrYdo0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Life’s Good for Nas. He’s back with the new album, got the confessional hit-in-making going with Bye Baby about ex Kelis. Notable, in the end he says he would do it again, only next time it will be better because he will choose better. Also, notable, it’s not bash the ex into the ground music. There’s some sadness to it, reminiscing on the good times that just…ended. Nice.

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Beyonce Does What She Does Best for Others

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i41qWJ6QjPI

Had a conversation last week about what black celebs should or should not be doing for others. My stance is charity begins at home. But Beyonce proves that one doesn’t need to stray far from one’s inherent gifts to contribute to the global conversation on activism.

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Gaga, That Voice

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9ss_pLYmIs

This video is shaky, but just close your eyes and listen. Gaga’s voice is amazing. This songwriting reminds me of the FAME album. Sadly some silly young person will probably use this song’s subject matter as an excuse to do something unfortunate. But knowing Gaga she’s not the least interested in suicide, she’ll be making some commentary on fame, being a celebrity and the death of art in the 21st century. LOL

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Lord, the Vibrato!

I saw a WSJ interview where the interviewer commented that Usher’s voice seemed to have gotten bigger on his new album Looking for Myself. I finally listened to the whole thing, and I have to agree. E’rybody knows I love me some Usher. Not for the looks – though I admit it doesn’t hurt that my man … Continue reading Lord, the Vibrato!

The Big Tease

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IS4GmLQVx2M&feature=youtube_gdata_player

So, I have to view all things Usher, and I finally got around to Scream. Not my favorite on the radio. Too 80s international dance for my taste. And I can’t say the videos was much better. Like his last video, Lemme See, there was too much off camera work, not enough Usher. He’s trying something new – shibari anyone? – but I get the impression the technique has not been perfected. Not to say I didn’t watch. I did. Scream was like an ode to Michael Jackson, Billie Jean, Thriller, Leave Me Alone if I’m not mistaken. but not enough Ursh. One can take the mystery thing too far I think.

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