Music Birthday: D’Angelo

Today, February 11, 1974, D’Angelo was born Michael Eugene Archer in Richmond, Virginia. At the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards, D’Angelo’s “Voodoo” won Best R&B Album. “Voodoo,” released in January 2000, shared the category with incredible albums from Jill Scott, Sisqo, Toni Braxton, Joe, and Boyz II Men.  On the US Billboard 200, “Voodoo” peaked at…

Rest in Paradise: Big Pun

Today, February 7, 2000, Christopher “Big Punisher” Rios passed away in NYC, New York. Big Pun proves eternal with the constant sampling of his music making many of today’s songs. For example, Eminem sampled Big Pun’s ‘Pakinamac Pt. II’ in his chart-topping single, ‘Rap God.’ ‘Pakinamac Pt. II’ comes from Big Pun’s solo debut studio…

Music Birthday: Natalie Cole

Today, February 6, 1950, Natalie Marie Cole was born in Los Angeles, California. On February 12, 2016, Cole’s “Unforgettable… with Love” album peaked at no. 25 on the American iTunes Chart.  Originally released in 1991, “Unforgettable… with Love” earned Natalie Cole a Grammy Award for Album of the Year, at the 34th Annual Grammy Awards….