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THROWBACK THURSDAY: QUEEN LATIFAH

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All hail to the Queen! Welcome into her Queendom! Dana Elaine Owens has graced the world with her rapping style, elegance and courageous character. She wears many hats in the industry as a musician, television, film actress and producer, activist, president of a music label and entrepreneur. Might I add she is an CoverGirl brand spokesperson. Her personality alone turned her into an enterprise and a legendary female rapper.

“I was always taught to walk with my head up, to be a Queen”

Queen Latifah came in the rap game raising eyebrows from day one. Why are women not seen as equal to men? Why are women being disrespected in society by being called negative names and seen only as sex symbols? Was this our fault? NO! The Queen not only talked about the discrimination and lack of respect towards women she also rapped about how women need to also get together on their own while continuing to be strong.

In the 80’s and 90’s decade women weren’t to fond to be a companion in rap culture. Queen Latifah image was about strength, she never wore clothes to show off her body, only comfortable African culture apparel, casual clothing and sneakers. As her career evolved she still kept it classy and sensual. Her topics were about sexism, power and independence. This theme led to her hit song (above) “Ladies First” and “U.N.I.T.Y” (below)


Queen Latifah is still diligent in her current career pursuit of excellence. She has received awards for her work in film music plus she donates to worthwhile charitable organizations. Every year, Queen Latifah serves as co-chairman for the Lancelot H. Owens Scholarship Foundation, Inc. (In honor of her late brother who was killed in a motorcycle accident) to provide scholarships to students who excel scholastically, but are limited in financial resources. Queen Latifah has also written a book on self-esteem entitled Ladies First: Revelations of a Strong Woman. In honor of this Queen, let’s all inspire to make a positive difference in this world. #BlackHistoryMonth

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: A TRIBE CALLED QUEST

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Four Guys (Left to Right) Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Q-Tip, Phife Dawg and Jarobi wore hip Afrocentric clothes and rhymed to jazz infused beats, formed a phenomenal hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest in 1985. QUEST was the original name of the group but was later given the prefix A Tribe Called by their high school friends.

ATCQ formed a crew with House music group Jungle Brothers and hip-hop group De La Soul, called The Native Tongues. Because of their live energy during performances, they created a buzz in the city of Brooklyn, New York which led them to get signed with Jive Records in 1989. This began the journey of a rap group prodigy for the 1990’s decade.

A Tribe Called Quest made it popular to talk about social issues that could be related to young African Americans such as sex, politics, relationships, stealing your parents car to joy ride and also the use of the N word. while still having fun encouraging positivity through it all. Unlike other hip-hop groups at the time ATCQ was in their own lane. They greeted jazz with bass-heavy rhythmic vibes and eclectic sampling. They have several memorable songs including Bonita Applebum, Can I Kick It and (above) I Left my Wallet in El Segundo. When you listen to ATCQ music what message do you get from the song? How does the beat make you feel?

At this current time, A Tribe Called Quest is still performing at some events, making appearances with their old school friend’s on stage (Busta Rhymes, De La Soul) and new school artist as well. On November 13, 2015 they released a special 25th anniversary edition collection of the group’s classic debut album People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths of Rhythm.

The album is a cool artsy looking trunk filled with remastered original tapes re-released with exclusive new remixes by a few of today’s biggest hip-hop artists who have credited A Tribe Called Quest as a major creative influence. Unfortunately it has sold out everywhere at this point so you may have to borrow a friends. Until then they are on social media so follow them below. It’s the Tribe Yall! Real Live Yall!

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: MADONNA

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Everyone knows who Madonna is right? Sure you do! If not she is an Pop singer,songwriter, dancer,actress, fashion icon, innovator, business woman, culture shocker and last but not least  a mother of four. Madonna’s career surfaced in 1982 with her debut single “Everybody”  that was a hit in the New York dance Club scene. It shot up to #3 on the Billboard dance charts, after that nothing was ever the same. An ICON was born. Madonna is 58 years old and still showing us what she’s got up her sleeve.

Madonna has had several songs such as “Like A Virgin”, “Material Girl”, “Live to Tell”, “Papa Don’t Preach” even “Vogue” above reach to #1 on the Billboard charts throughout her music career in the 80’s and 90’s. She also has acting in her blood as she has had roles in films, “Desperately seeking Susan”, Sexual documentary “Truth or Dare”,”A League of Their Own” and many more.

Madonna is currently still touring for her latest album, titled Rebel Heart, that was released on March 10, 2015. She is currently in Mexico on this day and the tour will end in March 2016.  Madonna is an Icon because she achieved popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery in her music videos.

Controversy is her middle name, she humped the stage in a wedding dress during the MTV awards while performing “Like A Virgin”. Madonna is known for reinventing both her music and image, and for maintaining her freedom within the music industry. She is a all about Love and a popular figure still in today’s pop culture. To keep up with this lady, follow her on her social media pages below!

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: BEASTIE BOYS

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(Left to Right) Michael “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz  and Adam “MCA” Yauch formed this iconic Hip-Hop/Punk Rock group in 1981 at Yauch’s 17th birthday party. Ad-Rock was actually added to the group later on in 1983 replacing an old member of the group. New York is their home, New York is the city where it all started for these 3 guys.

When their first EP, Cooky Puss, was released it quickly became a hit in New York underground dance clubs and night clubs upon its delivery. It was first their first piece of work that fused together the underground rap phenomenon and the use of samples of prank calls.

Due to their success with Cooky Puss they hired a  college student as their DJ (Rick Rubin) and started performing at venues all over the New York scene. Rubin produced their next records under Def Jam and Capitol Records, the rest was history in the making as they continued to record and tour around the world. Their success led to 3 Grammy awards, MTV video music awards, and also features in films. Not only did they inspire the hip-hop community with their music they also were  activist by added their voice to the growing protest against the U.S. war on Iraq in 2003.

In April 2012, the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The following month, MCA died of cancer at the age of 47. In Brooklyn there is a children’s playground renamed for Adam Yauch in his memory. In June 2014, Mike D stated that the Beastie Boys would not continue their careers as a group, as a promise to Adam Yauch. Look out for their autobiography that has been postponed for a 2017 release. Purchase memorabilia on their social media pages below and continue to “Fight…. for your right…to partyyyy!” Rest in peace MCA.

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: U2

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U2 is a group rock band that formed in Dublin, Ireland in the late 1970’s, a time before  most of us reading this were even thought of. U2 formed in 1978 when drummer Larry Mullen posted a note on a bulletin board looking to form a band. The members are Bono (Lead vocals and guitar), The Edge (Guitar), Adam Clayton (Bass guitar)  and Larry Mullen Jr. (Drums). This Irish rock band started out with a  post-punk sound then exalted to many other genres of popular music.  U2 has many different elements in music that target spirituality, philosophy, human rights, inspiration,sociopolitical themes and personal subjects.

A “Song for Someone” is the third single from U2’s latest album, Songs of InnocenceA tender song of awkward first love that is about Bono’s wife Ali; the couple first met when they were teenagers. “If there is a kiss I stole from your mouth,” he sings. “And there is a light, don’t let it go out.” They are still married to this day.

In their many of years of success, U2 has sold millions of albums with #1 albums in the U.S. and in the United Kingdom. They have earned Grammy awards, collaborated/wrote for many other musicians and joined soundtracks for major films (Batman Forever). They are also activist in many organizations for different countries all over the world.

U2 just finished their Innocence and Experience 2015 Tour . It opened in Vancouver, Canada in May and came to an end in Paris, France on December 7th just in time for the Holidays! U2 is still alive and kicking, listen to their lyrics to understand who they are. Still don’t know who they are? Follow them on all their social media pages or Ask your parents!

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ThrowBack Thursday: Tupac Shakur

 

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“You know what? Last time you said that, I was kinda trippin’, right? But now, you’re right. I am crazy. And you know what else? I don’t give a fuck”. – Bishop

This is a quote from Tupac’s character  Bishop from the 1992 movie “Juice” which starred this legendary Rap/Hip-Hop Artist. It has currently been slated that music video and film director Benny Boom will be the new director of the biopic “TUPAC” that is said to be released in Theaters in 2016. Before we all see the movie next year, here’s some facts on 2Pac before and after his death.

Recording Artist 2Pac was born on June 16, 1971 in New York City. Shakur’s parents were both members of the Black Panther Party. His parents militant style and influential beliefs for civil rights eventually stuck within Pac which also nursed his inspiring music. At the age of 13 and Tupac enrolled in the Baltimore School of the Arts before dropping out at 17. Shakur broke into the music business with rap group Digital Underground as a back-up dancer, rapper and roadie. At the 2:20 mark, 2Pac shares his verse in the “Same Song” tune.  Eventually Shakur released his first solo album in ’91, 2pacalypse Now,which faced social issues in America such as, racism, police brutality, poverty, black on black crime, and teenage pregnancy.

While he was most famous for his rap career, 2Pac was also a gifted actor, poet and a thoughtful outspoken advocate for the poor and the overlooked people in America. 2Pac’s unapologetic lyrics were relevant, important, and reflective of the hard lives led by many. His music earned attention and respect through a poetic style that embraced street vocabulary while being innovative. Tupac leaves a legacy of honest passion in his songs despite his run in’s with the law, East-Coast West- coast beef with another famed Rapper Notorious B.I.G. and his untimely death on September 13, 1996. He is respected by many and has become an inspiration for artists and a standard in rap music history.

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THROWBACK THURSDAY!

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Ever Evolved writers Will, Shelley and Lizzethe will now be kicking off our Throwback Thursday journey. We will be posting Throwback’s that will definitely bring nostalgia to Everyone. First up is Me  Shelley and my Throwback is Blur “Song 2”

I got my head checked… By a jumbo jet…. It wasn’t easy… But nothing is…

Song 2” is a song by England rock band Blur, The hook starts with lead singer Damon Albarn yelling “woo-hoo!” as the distorted bass comes in. It was Released in April 1997, “Song 2” and climbed all the way to #6 on US Billboard Alternative Songs.

At the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards, “Song 2” was nominated for Best Group Video, and Best Alternative Video. Blur wanted the theme of the song to be Grunge which was very popular in the 90’s. In 2002 one of the members left the band and all the members decided to work on other projects. Blur reunited in 2009 releasing several singles, retrospective compilations, and toured internationally. To this day “Song 2”  was nonetheless their biggest hit in the United States. The song has often been featured in pop culture.

Hope you guys enjoy our post WHOO HOO!

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