My Thoughts on Business Part 2 – Day 20

These daily posts are often inspired by commentary I’ve been making on a previous day. Yesterday an emcee shared a post about Kendrick Lamar being sued for a “free” mixtape. I’ve written about my opinion on free mixtapes here. I added more to the dialogue yesterday and then this post above was born. Here are Read More …

CBP Music: Spotify vs SoundCloud

Yesterday Brandon Meeks (add his site he’s dope) shared an article from TechCrunch. The article was stating why SoundCloud will be worth more than Spotify. Basically what the article was saying is that SoundCloud currently has an extensive amount of MU. More important, those MUs are creating a community which gives SoundCloud the ability to become Read More …

CBP Music: Live from Shinola/Detroit (Tribeca NYC) ~ José James on Vimeo

Jose James put down a revolutionary set that’s just in time for the holidays. Something to make you feel good, and then something to inspire. Oh and when you get to 31:00 minutes in… ridiculous. Setlist: Come to My Door While You Were Sleeping Anywhere U Go Simply Beautiful (Al Green) Grandma’s Hands (Bill Withers) Read More …

This Day in History

  On August 4…   2005 – Prime Minister Paul Martin announced that Michaëlle Jean will be Canada’s 27th and first black Governor General. 1985 – Dreamgirls closes after 1,522 performances 1984 – Prince’s “Purple Rain” album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 24 weeks Carl Lewis wins gold medal in 100-meter dash at LA Summer     Read More …

Music: Get These Songs and Then Ride Out

I just had a fit of inspiration and decided to drop my “Black radio (Not Robert Glasper, but real black radio) sucks, so listen to these” list. Buy each song, call it your Summer Saturday Playlist. 1. Better (feat. Shana Tucker, Eric Roberson) 2. Frankenstein by Carlitta Durand 3. Gimme All Your Love by Alabama Shakes Read More …

Get To Know: The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster

A mix of Stevie Nicks, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, with a dash of interpretation like Cassandra Wilson ,the Phenomenal Ruthie Foster captures a new rock and soul sound mixed with spirituals, jazz and country in generating her signature sound. I guess it is not quite a signature sound because she floats effortlessly between Read More …

Business: Learning to Help Independent Artists

Everyday, we all wake up with a new idea or we wake up focused on something that we are dreaming about doing. The difficult aspect is actually getting started. A couple of years ago I found myself getting distracted by music. I wanted to do something with it although I don’t play any instruments and Read More …

Change the Station: Death of Love Songs

This will be one of many articles on this subject.  We have a lot of problems in our community.  We blame education, poverty, etc. on our problems.  Some of the real culprits are right there in front of us.  Correcting these problems won’t cost a dime.  Solutions can be as simple as changing the station Read More …

Warning! This CD Contains Recycled Material

Entertainers have been getting away with this for years.   Some songs have been flat out stolen.  Others were sampled to death.  But in our advanced society, technology is being used to cover up music theft.   Robin Thicke and Pharrell learned the hard way that it is unlawful to take someone’s song, chop it Read More …

Estelle… A Dose of Inspiration for Our Youth

It’s a known fact that we learn through repetition. Unfortunately, parents repeating the same thing over and over again tend to go in one ear and out the next. I call this current generation the ear bud generation. They always have ear buds in their ears and listening to God knows what. Music shapes our Read More …

Get To Know: Dwele – What’s Not To Love

Originally posted this in May of 2010, I wrote this because I had been digging Dwele for a while. Although I knew many people wouldn’t see this post I wrote it because I feel that great artists deserve whatever search engine info that can be put out there. A couple of days ago, Jan 2015, I Read More …

Get To Know: Timothy Bloom – A Bud Opening To The World

If I see an artist with Herbie Hancock there is an instant amount of validation. Obviously I expect the artist with him to be a pianist. I also expect that artist to be capable of composing and blending music styles. Since I’m in my office I miss the introduction and I have to sit through Read More …

Get To Know: Jose James – No Beginning No End

There are certain times of year that I get these bursts of creativity. They are usually sparked by something I’ve read or something I’ve heard. Lately my creativity has been somewhat drained due to the release of my new shoes. But this isn’t the place or the time to talk about that… this is about Read More …

Get To Know: Frank Ocean

Sometimes there isn’t a comment that can be made about a musician that is just right. In my daily browsing I ran across this video on www.okayplayer.com. I really don’t care if this video has been featured in other places, because the song is plain and simple… dope. The video is even better when you Read More …