Friday, April 4, 2014

Morning Cup of Soul: Add-2 & Khrysis - Death of Chicago

Who said Hip-Hop can’t be soulful? Add-2, a Chicago based Jamla recording artist proves that Hip-Hop has Soul with release of “Death of Chicago”.  

Friday, March 28, 2014

Morning Cup of Soul: Bernard "Pretty" Purdie - Song for Aretha

Here is a nice mostly instrumental piece from the most recorded drummer in history. Mr. Bernard "Pretty" Purdie has played with Aretha Franklin, King Curtis, Hall & Oats, Donny Hathaway, BB King, Isaac Hayes, and a host of other very famous musicians. Here he is with a "Song For Aretha" and it's the grooviest, funkiest, Gospel inspired groove I've heard.

Exactly how many times have Bernard "Pretty" Purdie been recorded well he has laid the beat down on over 3,000 albums! He's one of my favorite drummers and it's just a plus that this song is a tribute to my favorite singer Aretha.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Morning Cup of Soul: Ashanti - Sweet Thang

Ashanti is no Chaka Khan but she did a good cover of the legendary song "Sweet Thang".  Ashanti is out promoting her newest album "Braveheart" which in stores now.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Morning Cup of Soul: "Today I Sing The Blues" - Celebrating Aretha's Birthday

Aretha Franklin at her 72nd Birthday Celebration
For me everyday is an Aretha Franklin day.  She is sure enough the Queen of Soul and may she forever reign.  Aretha celebrated her 72nd birthday and she’s being slaying singers since the tender age of 14 when she recorded her first album in her father’s church in Detroit.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Morning Cup of Soul: Billy Ray Cyrus feat. Dionne Warwick - "Hope Is Just Ahead"

If someone would have asked me when Billy Ray Cyrus would be featured on the morning cup of soul, I would have laughed at them and said never. Looks like never is actually today. Here is a beautiful song written by Billy Ray Cyrus which features Pop and Soul legend Dionne Warwick. "Hope Is Just Ahead"

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Morning Cup of Soul: Aretha Franklin - U Can't See Me

"U Can't See Me" is from the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin's last album "Aretha: A Woman Falling Out of Love" [2011].  I love this because you find Aretha scatting over a nice modern beat. It's modern with a touch of class. Showing that Aretha can handle all music forms rather it's straight Soul like her classics or modern like "A Rose Is Still A Rose" here she reminds you of her Jazz background.

Frankly Aretha has no competition when it comes to music. I'm not sure if there has ever been a more versatile artist.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Battle of The Best: Alicia Keys VS. Brenda Holloway - Every Little Bit Hurts

It's new school versus old school today for the battle of the best. Brenda Holloway was the first to record this song and make a hit out of it too. It's story that said Brenda hated this song and didn't want to record it and actually cried because she thought it was a bad song. Well, all I know is this was a big hit for her and you can't tell on the recording that she didn't want to sing it.  I regard Brenda Holloway as one of Motown Records lost treasures. She was one of their best female singers along with Gladys Knight, and Kim Weston.

Alicia Keys did this song on her MTV Unplugged album in 2006 roughly 42 years after it's first release. She did a hell of a job with it too.

Personally I'm going with Brenda Holloway. Motown just knew how to craft a song around an artists voice. Alicia Keys did a great job and I give her extra credit because hers is live but come on Alicia just can't stack up against this legend.