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Don't Disturb This Groove! Episode 16 Fall Madness

Don't This Disturb Groove! Is hosted by Lady T, she is a lover of all things R&B. Join her on this journey to bring R&B back to the forefront and into the valley. Tune in every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday each month. This show will feature R&B music, from the past present and future.
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Culture At A Price!!!!

Images: thecut.com, Hip-Hop Tees: Junior Mafia, Foxy Brown, Notorious B.I.G, Aaliyah
For a true a music lover, we love to whole experience of music, listening to our favorite artist on the radio. Getting on the music streaming sites looking up entire catalogues and playing them in the background. Going to the concerts and purchasing the merchandise. Typically concert tees are around 30 bucks a pop. Depending on the artist, a typical music lover may shell out the $30.00 for the tee and keep it moving.

When I was youngster coming up on the Eastside of Buffalo NY. I use to frequent the neighborhood corners stores. These were the type of stores where you could buy a honey bun, lotto tickets and heat up a hot pocket and purchase a whole outfit all in one place. The same stores use to sell the concerts tees or some would call them the bootleg concert shirts. Who ever was the popular artist at  the time faces were all over the shirts. 

At this point in time it was artist like, Aaliyah, Brandy, …

Episode 6 - Behind The Groove! The Aaliyah Show

Behind The Groove! Host Lady T and J.Jones will discuss and explore the life and legacy of Aaliyah. This past August 25th was the 16th anniversary of Aaliyah untimely passing. They will also talk about the current state of music labels and how or do they value their artists?

Don't Disturb This Groove EP 15

Don't This Disturb Groove! Is hosted by Lady T, she is a lover of all things R&B. Join her on this journey to bring R&B back to the forefront and into the valley. Tune in every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday each month. This show will feature R&B music, from the past present and future.

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Don't Disturb This Groove Episode 14

Don't This Disturb Groove! Is hosted by Lady T, she is a lover of all things R&B. Join her on this journey to bring R&B back to the forefront and into the valley. Tune in every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday each month. This show will feature R&B music, from the past present and future.
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Next Episode Of Behind The Groove! August 30th

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On the next episode of Behind The Groove! Host Lady T and J.Jones along with Tekei will discuss and explore the life and legacy of Aaliyah. This past August 25th was the 16th anniversary of Aaliyah untimely passing. The crew will also talk about the current state of music labels and how or do they value their artists? And much more stayed for show on August 30th @ 5pm Right here on iamshema.blogspot.com

Behind The Groove! Episode Five - How To Make It In America

Hosts Lady T. J.Jones and Tekei give their take on How To Make It In America. The team discuss the updowns of working a everyday job. Also how more and more Americans are moving more into become freelances and entrepreneurs in this modern day and time. Stay tune as the discuss this and more......
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Don't Disturb This Groove! Episode Feat Interview with Lo Profile

Don't This Disturb Groove! Is hosted by Lady T, she is a lover of all things R&B. Join her on this journey to bring R&B back to the forefront and into the valley. Tune in every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday each month. This show will feature R&B music, from the past present and future.

On This Episode, features an interview Buffalo NY hip hop artist Lo Profile, who will discuss debut album Lo Cut Grass and much more. Check out his latest single "Trust You Like My Tre 8" now on Spotify


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Don't Disturb This Groove! EP 13

Next Episode of Don't Disturb This Groove! airs on Saturday, July 29th 2017 @ 4pm on radiophoenix,org. This episode with feature a interview with Buffalo NY hip-hop artist Lo Profile, He will be letting us know about his upcoming projects and more! Tune in..........

Friends

Google Images: Top image: Girls Trip, Bottom Image: HBO Insecure
In the past week the box office and television has been grace with the presence of seeing African American female friendship on the big and small screen. Most recently and long overdue female buddy comedy Girls Trip, starring Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett- Smith, Regina Hall & Tiffany Haddish. A tale of four friends who comes together and go down to the Essence fest. Along the way there is a lot of laughter, debauchery and most importantly camaraderie amongst friends.
In the land of TV one of my favorite shows returned back for it's  second season and that is Insecure that airs on HBO. Created by Issa Rae and she is also the star of the show. One of the main draws for many viewers of the show. Is the characters Issa and her best friend Molly played by Yvonne Orji. In the first season we had a chance to see the up and downs of Issa and Molly friendship.
In watching both film and show, it made me reflect on my own l…

Don't Disturb This Groove! Episode 12

Don't This Disturb Groove! Is hosted by Lady T, she is a lover of all things R&B. Join her on this journey to bring R&B back to the forefront and into the valley. Tune in every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday each month. This show will feature R&B music, from the past present and future.

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Behind The Groove! Episode 4 - Jay-Z 4:44 Album & More

Hosts Lady T & J,Jones give their take on the latest album from Jay-Z, 4:44 a project that he just released. Join the hosts as they give their thoughts on the song the influence and many more.


Behind The Groove! Episode 4 - July 8th

On next episode of Behind The Groove! Join Lady T and her crew as they discuss Jay-Z latest album 4:44. Also they will be discussing the album impact on the culture, and the maturity of the rap artist. This Saturday July 8th on iamshema.blogspot.com

Don't Disturb This Groove EP 11: 80s Baby Edition

Don't This Disturb Groove! Is hosted by Lady T, she is a lover of all things R&B. Join her on this journey to bring R&B back to the forefront and into the valley. Tune in every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday each month. This show will feature R&B music, from the past present and future.



Sipping Lemonade at 4:44

 "I would be emotionally available if I invited you over"
-Jay Z "4:44"

Black music month has came to an end, and this year it went out on a good note. Shawn Carter aka Jay-Z released his 13th studio album 4:44. A very introspective album from the celebrated and seasoned MC. At this time I am pretty sure most of you have heard or read about this album. After his retirement he came back with 2006 "Kingdom Come" and that was the album I assumed that would have the same sound as what is now being heard on 4:44

When Beyonce released her album Lemonade a year ago, she gave the listeners a glimpse into the private lives of her and Jay relationship. Created much controversy about Jay-Z cheating on queen bee. Aside from that Lemonade over all was a great body of work.

Visually stunning and deeply poetic album from Beyonce, at this time speculation was will Jay-Z have a follow up to lemonade? Is the warm up to rumored their joint album?  The buzz was going crazy …

Sign Of The Times!

Google Images: Joe Budden and Migos BET Gray Carpet Incident

Sunday June 25th 2017 was the 17th Annual BET awards celebrating the best and the brightest in Music, sports and entertainment. This year was an interesting year for the BET awards, more interesting than past awards shows.

No Gospel Representation During Live Broadcast: Since The incarnation of Black Entertainment Television, long before the award show became a staple on the network. The genre of gospel music has always had it place on BET. From the Bobby Jones Show to Lift Every Voice. Gospel music and the artist has always had a presence. Every year on the award show there has always been performances from Yolanda Adamas, Marvin Sapp, Mary Mary just to name a few.

This year gospel music was a no go during live broadcast and it was the next day when I realized what someone on twitter mentioned and saying the show was missing that element. Others chimed in to point out that gospel artist received their awards earlier in the…

No Such Thing As Half Way Crooks: R.I.P Prodigy

Google Images: Prodigy of Mobb Deep
June is historically known as Black Music Month, A time when music of the African American culture is celebrated. Well it use to be like that, There use to be different music specials that would come on and many album releases would come out during this time.

The music nerd in me still looks forward to this time of year even though things in music has changed greatly I still celebrate Black Music Month. Well this year this month on June 20th. Hip-Hop has lost a very valuable member of the community. Albert Johnson better known as Prodigy, 1/2 of rap duo Mobb Deep passed away at the age of 42 years old.

Currently as of late his death is still being reported that the cause may have been due complications of sickle cell anemia. Prodigy was born with the disease and if anyone is familiar with Mobb Deep music. He has rapped numerous times about dealing with sickle cell anemia. Prodigy and Tboz from TLC who also suffers from the disease. Has to me in my …

Behind The Groove! EP 3 - Michael Jackson Hour

In celebration of black music month, host Lady T and J. Jones with special guest Tekei. Discuss the legacy and impact of Micheal Jackson. On June 25th 2009, the day that music changed when Micheal Jackson passed away. Join the host as they give their thoughts on the King of Pop.

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Don't Disturb This Groove! EP 10 - Easy Breezy Jams

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Is it Too Late? : Aaliyah Music & Legacy

Google Images: Aaliyah, 2001
I was listening to a music podcast earlier in the week and there was a segment where the hosts of the show ask the question would anyone be interested in new music from Aaliyah? The general answer amongst the host was a no. Fears of music sounding dated and the fact there is a whole new generation.

Me personally I would love to hear some unreleased music from Aaliyah's music catalog. Here is the thing I am bias, I am not a casual fan, I am an avid fan. I grew up on her music, I felt a big loss in music when she passed away. But that is just me, so I am always going to want to hear some new music from her catalog.

However it has to have the right production behind it, back in 2012 when Drake and his producer 40 Shebib released an unreleased Aaliyah track "Enough Said" I loved it, I thought it was dope. Then there was talk of a possible full Aaliyah album produced by Drake and his team. Well that came to abrupt end due to conflict with family …

Next Episode: Don't This Groove!

Saturday June 3rd @ 4pm MST on radiophoenix.org is the next episode 9 of Don't Disturb This Groove! Hosted by Lady T. In this songs will be featured from R&B legends that are gone but are not forgotten!


Don't Disturb This Groove! EP 8 - Spring Madness Edition - 5.20.17

Don't This Disturb Groove! Is hosted by Lady T, she is a lover of all things R&B. Join her on this journey to bring R&B back to the forefront and into the valley. Tune in every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday each month. This show will feature R&B music, from the past present and future.
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See it For Your Self!

Photo Source: Tashema's Phone,  The Party Tour, Chris Brown
I love music, and if you read this blog, I am pretty sure you know that. And when I get the chance I love going to concerts. Last Monday May 15th 2017, I took a trip to downtown Phoenix for a night of live music at the arena. Typically the headliner that was performing that night, in past instances I would not even have thought twice about to his concert.

I would have shrugged my shoulders been like meh I'm good. In the beginning of Chris Brown career, he was a sweet and charming young boy with sprit of Michael Jackson in his dance moves. By 2005 I was already in my twenties, and already out of the bubble gum music phase. Don't get me wrong, I would tap my toes to, "Run it, Wall to Wall, Poppin, Kiss, Kiss" to name a few.

But then in early 2009, something that know one expected happened and that was Chris Brown abused singer Rihanna. What a crazy time that was, I remember hearing the news and thinking…

Pop Goes The Weasel

Google Images: Miley during her Bangerz Promo Run
Hip Hop the global phenomenon no one ever expected it to be, I remember at one point in time to be apart of hip hop culture. A person art had to be good to be apart of such an important culture that was booming. We seen all the bumps and bruises that has been experienced in the culture.

Often intimated, and in the last decade or so heavily duplicated by many. Pop acts crossing over to hip-hop music. That has never been nothing new, but when they realize that they never fit in a world they was never cut out for them, it  is now all of sudden a problem.

Pop darling Miley Cyrus recently did a interview with billboard magazine and she shared her thoughts on hip-hop music and why she not longer partake in it. "That’s what pushed me out of the hip-hop scene a little,” she continued. “It was too much ‘Lamborghini, got my Rolex, got a girl on my cock’ — I am so not that.” (Billboard). And twitter was like hell to the no Miley. In 2013 Mi…

1997 Part II

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I was sixteen years old in 1997, music was life back then for me, and in that year I needed it more then ever, My freshmen year of high school was 1996 - 1997 and during that school year I was at a school I did not want to be at. In the city of Buffalo at that time, during 8th grade year students had to pick the top choices of the high school they wanted to go to. It was all based on grades during 7th grade year and first grade quarter of 8th grade.

Math was my weakest subject, and the schools that I chose at the time a student had to excel well in the area of math. And me not being on my A game it caused me to loose out on all of my choices of the schools I wanted to attend. So in fall of 1996 I was at my district school. While all my Jr. high friends was at the school of their choices living the high life.

I had to make a daily trip to south Buffalo, a place I did not want to be, what kept me calm to and from schoo…

1997 - Part I

Google Images: Mary J Blige, Share My World 1997
Above you see the picture of Mary J Blige, this is her third album that will be 20 years old this month a week prior to her the release of her 13th studio album "Strength Of A Woman".  Now many would argue this was Mary best album out of her collection. I love this album, however I am a big fan of her My Life 1994  sophomore album.

Not only am I a fan of her 1994 second album, I am a fan of the year 1994 in black music. Without a doubt I am a 90s music fan all day, every day. I love that entire decade of music,  but the stand out year for me in music was 1994. That is the year I became a teenager and at that time some albums that came during year I still love very much to this day.

Aaliyah - Age Ain't Nothing But A Number
Nas - Illmatic
Brandy - Brandy
Notorious B.I.G - Ready To Die
Boyz II Men - II
Above The Rim Soundtrack
Immature - Playtime Is Over (That was a cool album at 13)
Usher - Usher
Warren G- Regulate G Funk Era

Just to n…

Where Are They Now?:The Curious Case of The Missing 14 Girls in Washington D.C.

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No I am not talking about a one hit wonder from yesterday, it has been reported that during the end of this week in a twenty four hour time period. Fourteen girls all teenage, black and latina disappeared in the Washington DC area. Posts started showing up on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram about the missing girls.

Causing concern about these girls and why the major media outlets are not making reports on these girls being missing.  Posts on social media and blog think pieces has been the news source for this current situation. When it come to young black and brown female lives in typically fashion it goes unnoticed especially when one becomes missing, now add several to bunch and we now here crickets.

Just like when the girls went missing in Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria that didn't bring much media news to the masses like it should have.  A village of young school girls was kid napped and there was no devastation or outage in…

Life After Death 20: Where Would Biggie Last Album fit In 2017?

Google Images: Life After Death March 25th 1997

Notorious B.I.G final album is my mind is a classic and not because it was released after he died. After Tupac All Eyez On Me was released in 1996, it was the first time in Hip-Hop music a double album came out. And when Tupac dropped that project it was well received and spread like wild fire. So when the word got out that his rival was releasing a double album the following year.
Given the time period, many believed Biggie was copying Pac, so some folks was not feeling that at all. So no one knew what to expect from this upcoming Biggie project. "Ready To Die" brought the ball back to the East Coast as far as Hip Hop was concerned.  Nas had already dropped his sophomore album "It was written" and new comer and friend of B.I.G, Jay-Z released an unknown classic at the time "Reasonable Doubt" in 1996.
Many of us was eager to here the next Biggie project, In early 1997 Life After Death was ready to be listen…

Spread Love.....It's The Brooklyn Way: Remembering Notorious B.I.G

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I am late I know, hectic work schedule has been happening and  also I have been getting my show up and running, so I took a break from the blog. I am back and promise to bring more content to this very page. Anyways another birthday has passed and with a reminder of getting older. Also comes reminders of the past.  Two days before my birthday on March 9th 1997, once again the hip hop world was struck with saddeness.

Still healing from the lost of Tupac six months earlier, from the ongoing "East/West Coast Beef" had taken another life and that was Christopher "Notorious B.I.G" Wallace was killed after an Vibe magazine after party in Los Angeles. Biggie died Sunday March 9th 1997, two days before my birthday.

I was a freshman in high school at the time, another weekend day typical Sunday, getting up that morning. A time before twitter and Facebook, the rest of the world found out Biggie past later that Sunday. My brother comes flying upstairs like yo t…