My childhood sounds like books on tape during my mother’s sorority meetings, the Tom Joyner Morning Show on the way to school, and a cassette tape collection that, looking back, just don't make no sense. So I made The TJones Tapes, a list of songs inspired by the music my mother listens to, the movies she watches, and the cassette tape collection that never failed us.
Being independent doesn’t mean you can’t have reach. Not being an artist doesn't mean there is less room in the industry for you. But when you make the most of what you can do, and commit to learning the game, you just might find that what is meant for you, won’t miss you. Just ask Vince Valholla.
Lemonade was a popular drink and it still is.
Lady Saw’s “Sycamore Tree” and Tanya Stephens’ “You Nuh Ready For Dis Yet” were the staples on my father’s Joy Ride Riddim cassette tape. He would play it in our 1996 Mazda MPV while my siblings and I helped him wash the car. I considered her the Lil Kim of Dancehall because her lyrics were vulgar, raunchy and direct (but it’s worth mentioning that she has since been baptized and now goes by Minister Marion Hall if you want to look her up).
It’s been 23 years since Andre 3000 stepped to the microphone at the Source Awards and let the world know that “the South got something to say”, and the pop-up party series #ANDWINGZ is sending a reminder that the South ain’t done speaking yet.
If you don't like Brazilian music, it's probably because you haven't heard it before. Just like the culture, it's vibrant, it's creative, it's Black AF.
I haven’t been able to listen to the opening line of my favorite Prince song the same way since he passed on. I guess I should’ve known, by the way you parked your car sideways, that it wouldn’t last . . .
Whether your introduction to Black music was Andre Crouch on the way to church on Sundays, your grandmother’s Etta James record collection, or learning to play the bassline of Mr. Pookie’s Crook for Life on the piano of your elementary school music room, celebrate #BlackMusicMonth with us. For the Culture.