Rest in Paradise: Gil-Scott Heron

🔊🙏🏾 Today, May 27, 2011, Gil Scott-Heron passed away in New York City, NY. Scott-Heron has a song called ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,’ and Travis Scott sampled it in his ‘Apple Pie.’ ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised‘ is included on Gil’s debut live album “Small Talk at 125th and Lenox,” and then…

Music Birthday: Jill Scott

🔊🥳Today, April 4, 1972, Jill Scott was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Scott has a song with BJ the Chicago Kid called ‘Beautiful Love.’ The song, a production by 9th Wonder, is the final track on Scott’s fifth studio album, “Woman.” The album peaked at no. 1 on the US Billboard 200. Three songs from “Woman”…

Music Birthday: Common

🔊🥳Today, March 13, 1972, Common was born Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn in Chicago, Illinois. Common’s ‘Communism’ sampled James Taylor and the Original Flying Machine’s ‘Knockin ‘Round the Zoo.’ Also sampled in Nicki Minaj’s ‘Freedom,’ Common’s creative usage of the sample is included on his second studio album “Resurrection.” This album was primarily produced…

HomageCollage: Ludacris, “Battle of the Sexes”

🔊💜Today, March 9, 2010, Ludacris released his eighth studio album, “Battle of the Sexes.” This album marked Luda’s fourth no. 1 on the US Billboard 200. ‘How Low’ is the best performing single on the Hot 100, it peaked at no. 1. “Battle of the Sexes” has an additional single that was critically acclaimed: ‘My…

HomageCollage: Common, “Electric Circus”

🔊💜Today, December 10, 2002, Common released “Electric Circus,” his fifth studio album. “Electric Circus” is one of the two final albums released by MCA Records. Album peaked at no. 47 on the US Billboard 200, enjoying a 13-week chart run. Common released ‘Come Close’ ft. Mary J Blige as the lead single, which peaked at…

HomageCollage: Jill Scott, ‘Blessed’

🔊❤️Today 2012 – ‘Blessed’ by Jill Scott peaked at no. 21 on the US #RnBHipHopAirplay chart – This Dre & Vidal production was released in support of Scott’s fourth studio album, “The Light oh the Sun,” which went to no. 1 on the Billboard 200.