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…

Tamar Braxton: “Love and War”

Today, December 21, 2012, ‘Love and War’ by Tamar Braxton peaked at no. 13 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song is a DJ Camper production, included on Tamar’s sophomore studio album of the same name.  The following year, on December 20, ‘All the Way Home,’ another single from the album peaked…

Rest in Paradise: Norman Whitfield

Today, September 16, 2008, Grammy Award-winning producer and songwriter Norman Jesse Whitfield passed away in Los Angeles, California. Whitfield co-wrote and produced several Motown hits, including ‘You’re My Everything,’ by The Temptations.  Yesterday, September 15/67, the song peaked at no. 6 on the US Billboard Hot 100. ‘You’re My Everything’ was released as a single…

Music Birthday: KYGO

Today, September 11, 1991, Kygo was born Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll in Singapore. Kygo has a song with Ellie Goulding called ‘First Time,’ and it reached no. 6 on the US Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart. The song was co-produced with Kygo by Hitimpulse – producer of Cher Lloyd’s ‘Lost,’ and remixer of Rihanna’s ‘Bitch Better Have…

Music Birthday: Deitrick Haddon

🔊🥳 Today, May 17, 1973, Deitrick V. Haddon was born in Detroit, Michigan. Haddon has a song called ‘Reppin’ the Kingdom,’ and it’s included on his contemporary gospel album “Church on the Moon.” The song features gospel stars J. Moss, Canton Jones, T. Haddy & Tye Tribbett.

Music Birthday: H-Money

🔊🥳 Today, May 16, 1980, Harmony “H-Money” David Samuels was born Tottenham, London, England. Samuels produced ‘The Way’ in 2013, for Ariana Grande and the late Mac Miller. The song, included on Grande’s debut album “Yours Truly,” samples these three songs: ‘Still Not a Player’ by Big Pun & Joe, ‘A Little Bit of Love’…

Music Birthday: Janet Jackson

🔊🥳 Today, May 16, 1966, Janet Damita Jo Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana. On May 18, 2001, Jackson’s seventh studio album “All for You” was certified double platinum by the RIAA. This is the album that has ‘Son of a Gun’ ft. Carly Simon & Missy Elliot. ‘Son of a Gun’ was produced by…