Youssou N’Dour Is Undecided

Since I’ve been dedicating a lot of time to my Special Olympics fundraiser (you can donate $10.00 or learn more HERE), I figured I’d use this Youssou N’Dour post to speak about his own activism and fundraising efforts.

In Senegal, Youssou N’Dour became a powerful cultural icon, actively involved in social issues. In 1985, he organized a concert for the release of Nelson Mandela. He was a featured performer in the 1988 worldwide Amnesty International Human Rights Now! Tour and has worked with the United Nations and UNICEF. Giving back to his own country, he started Project Joko to open internet cafés in Africa and to connect Senegalese communities around the world.

In 2009, he released his song “Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling)” under a Creative Commons license to help IntraHealth International in their IntraHealth Open campaign to bring open source health applications to Africa. The song was remixed by a variety of artists to help raise money for the campaign.



Youssou N’Dour

Side One

Undecided (Deep 12″ Dance Mix)
Undecided (12″ Dance Instrumental)

Side Two

Undecided (Album Version)
Undecided (Deep Radio Mix)

Bring Hugh Masekela Back Home

This album cover is pretty simple, but I find it strikingly elegant too. Beautiful (even with the wear)!

Hugh Ramopolo Masekela (born 4 April 1939) is a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer, and singer.


Bring Him Back Home feat. Kalahari

Hugh Masekela

Side One

Bring Him Back Home – Extended Remix

Side Two

Bring Him Back Home – Instrumental

Mr. Richard’s Reviews: Destiny’s Child – No No No (Part II ft. Wyclef Jean)

Destiny’s Child – No No No (Part II ft. Wyclef Jean) (written by V. Herbert, R. Fusari, M. Brown, and C. Gaines and produced by Wyclef Jean)

This maxi-single is an amazing gem from 1997 that is collectible for so many reasons.

First of all, it was the first single from ‘Destiny’s Child’ and released before the album even came out. All four original members, Beyoncé, Kelly, Le Toya, and La Tavia are on this track and of course it was still being executively produced by Mathew Knowles, aka Beyoncé’s dad. Le Toya and La Tavia were quickly replaced by Michelle, but I won’t forget. The second song is the original version and includes instrumentals and an a cappella version for sampling I assume. Wyclef was still trying to project himself as a hard rapper and yet the girls keep up with his tone and delivery fine.

Whenever Erica and I need an amazing 90’s pop flashback, this is the perfect go to. I barely know the hook, but Erica likes to sing the entire song (either version) to me. I think about the music video every time that I hear it, so I usually get distracted from memorizing the lyrics.

– Mr. Richard

Check out the original post HERE.

Joi Is The Original Ghetto Superstar

Since this song came out two years before Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Ghetto Superstar, I’m giving Joi the credit for the being the original superstar. This is a great track and I’m hoping Mr. Richard will be reviewing it for all of you soon.

Joi Elaine Gilliam (born January 25, 1971), better known by her stage name Joi, is an American R&B/rock singer, songwriter and record producer based out of Atlanta, Georgia. She often performs with other acts from the area like OutKast and Goodie Mob.


Ghetto Superstar


Side One

Ghetto Superstar (Album Version)

Side Two

Ghetto Superstar (Instrumental)
Ghetto Superstar (A Cappella)

A Brain, An Athlete, A Basket Case, A Princess And A Criminal

Brian Johnson: Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us… In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain…

Andrew Clark: … and an athlete…

Allison Reynolds: … and a basket case…

Claire Standish: … a princess…

John Bender: … and a criminal…

Brian Johnson: Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.

Can you believe The Breakfast Club is already 30 years old? It has become such a classic movie, it’s really timeless and the plot is still relatable today. I mean, who doesn’t have experience with cliques, whether in school or an office?!

The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by John Hughes. The storyline follows five teenagers, each a member of a different high school clique, who spend a Saturday in detention together and come to realize that they are all more than their respective stereotypes, while facing a villainous principal. Critics consider it one of the greatest high school films, as well as one of Hughes’ most memorable and recognizable works.


The Breakfast Club

Various Artists

Side One

Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds
Waiting – Elizabeth Daily
Fire in the Twilight – Wang Chung
I’m the Dude (Instrumental)
Heart Too Hot to Hold – Jesse Johnson & Stephanie Spruill

Side Two

Dream Montage (Instrumental)
We are Not Alone – Karla DeVito
The Reggae (Instrumental)
Didn’t I Tell You – Joyce Kennedy
Love Theme (Instrumental)

Today makes twelve years since my dad passed away so I’m asking that if you can, please donate $12.00 to my Over the Edge fundraising page. My dad always encouraged me to be a good person and give back when you could, and always pushed me to be a little adventurous so I do this rappel with him in mind.

Why would I want to work with the Special Olympics every year?  Because individuals with intellectual disabilities face their fears every day and Special Olympics has been there helping them do that for over 40 years. They provide year round sports training and competition programs for over 11,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities for free.  Sports is the catalyst for acceptance, inclusion, community engagement and so much more.

You can click HERE to learn all about the event and donate.


Are You Caught Up?

I’m not sure where I picked this up right now since I’m a bit behind cataloging and I’m feeling lazy so I didn’t look up if it was mentioned in a weekly wrap up, but it’s such a great album. Lost Boyz, Snoop, KRS-One, Shaggy?!?! It’s a joint you really need to pick up if you come across it.


Caught Up (The Soundtrack)

Various Artists

Side One

Ride On (Caught Up!) – Snoop Doggy Dogg & Kurupt
Work – Gang Starr
Work (Instrumental) – Gang Starr
You Don’t Want None – Mack 10 & Road Dawgs
Ordinary Guy – The Lost Boyz

Side Two

Ey-Yo (The Reggae Virus) – KRS-One, Mad Lion & Shaggy
Ey-Yo (The Reggae Virus (Instrumental)) – KRS-One, Mad Lion & Shaggy
Rock Me – AZ feat. Jermaine Dupri
All in the Club – Do or Die feat. Danny Boy & Johnny P.

That’s What I’m Looking For

Da Brat (born Shawntae Harris; April 14, 1974) is an American Grammy-nominated rapper and actress. Her debut album, Funkdafied, sold one million copies, making her the first female solo rap act to have a platinum-selling album, and the second overall female rap act (solo or group) after Salt N Pepa.


That’s What I’m Looking For feat. Missy Elliott and Jermaine Dupri

Da Brat

Side One

Mr. Dupri’s Remix
Mr. Dupri’s Remix Short
Mr. Dupri’s Remix Instrumental
Mr. Dupri’s Remix A Cappella

Side Two

Mr. Dupri’s Remix Clean
Mr. Dupri’s Remix Clean A Cappella
Clean Version

Oh, No No No, You Do Not Have This Single!

You’ll be sayin’ no, no, no, no, no
When it’s really yes, yes, yes, yes, yes
You’ll be sayin’ no, no, no, no, no
When it’s really yes, yes, yes, yes, yes
You’ll be sayin’ no, no, no, no, no
When it’s really yes, yes, yes, yes, yes
You’ll be sayin’ no, no, no, no, no
When it’s really yes, yes, yes, yes, yes

Lately, Mr. Richard has been going on little excursions to the record store without me. He tries to pick up albums that he knows I’ll scream over. This was definitely one of those. I about lost my mind. The original Destiny’s Child line up?!

Destiny’s Child was an American R&B girl group whose final, and perhaps most recognizable, line-up comprised Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams.

Formed in 1990 in Houston, Texas, Destiny’s Child members began their musical endeavors as Girl’s Tyme comprising, among others, Knowles, Rowland, LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett. After years of limited success, they were signed in 1996 to Columbia Records as Destiny’s Child. Destiny’s Child was launched into mainstream recognition following the 1999 release of their best-selling second album, The Writing’s on the Wall. Despite critical and commercial success, the group was plagued by internal conflict and legal turmoil, as Roberson and Luckett attempted to split from the group’s manager Mathew Knowles, citing favoritism of Knowles and Rowland.

Both Roberson and Luckett were soon replaced with Williams and Farrah Franklin; however, in 2000, Franklin left, leaving the group as a trio. Their third album, Survivor, contains the worldwide hits “Independent Women”, “Survivor” and “Bootylicious”. In 2002, they announced a hiatus and re-united two years later for the release of their fourth and final studio album, Destiny Fulfilled.


No No No

Destiny’s Child

Side One

Part II feat. Wyclef Jean
Part I
Part II (without rap)

Side Two

Part II feat. Wyclef Jean (A Capella)
Part II (Instrumental)
Part I (Instrumental)

Slick Rick

This was a fantastic find while I was out digging recently. Not only does the A side of this Slick Rick 12″ single feature Doug E. Fresh but the B side features Raekwon!

Richard Walters (born 14 January 1965), better known by his stage name Slick Rick, is a Grammy-nominated English rapper. He has also been known as Rick the Ruler , MC Ricky D and Ricky Dee. He began his career in late 1983, in the hip hop genre, where he recorded a series of acclaimed recordings such as “La Di Da Di” and “Children’s Story”. He is known for the use of narrative in his raps and has been called “hip hop’s greatest storyteller”.

Slick Rick rose to stardom in an era known to fans as the Golden age of hip hop. His music has been frequently sampled and interpolated by other artists such as TLC, Black Star, The Notorious B.I.G., Snoop Dogg, and Color Me Badd, with many of these songs later becoming hit singles.


We Turn It On

Slick Rick

Side One

We Turn It On feat. Doug E. Fresh – Radio
We Turn It On feat. Doug E. Fresh – LP Version
We Turn It On Instrumental

Side Two

Frozen feat. Raekwon – Radio
Frozen feat. Raekwon – LP Version
Frozen – Instrumental