Thursday, January 14, 2010


Legendary soul/r&b singer, Teddy Pendergrass passed away Wednesday at the age of 59, after a long battle with colon cancer. It's no question that Teddy leaves behind a myriad of classics that both myself and generations before me have enjoyed for years.

Here are a few of my sampled favorites...

Jay-Z feat. Beanie Seagal and Scarface "This Can't Be Life" ...

...sampled from Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes "I Miss You"

Ahmad "Back in the Day" ...

sampled from...Teddy Pendergrass "Love TKO"

Mary J. Blige "Mary Jane (All Night Long) ...

...sampled from Teddy Pendergrass "Close the Door"

**Thirty-one years ago, the late great Donny Hathaway suffered an untimely death at the age of 33 on the exact same day.**


Wednesday, January 13, 2010


As I'm quite sure everyone knows by now, Haiti was hit by a 7.0 earthquake this Tuesday. It was reported last night that the death toll was just over 3,000, however, I'm reading today that it has now risen to over 100,000.

If you're interested in making donations to the people of Haiti who are desperately in need long before the quake please contact the following:

• International Medical Corps
• Direct Relief International
• World Vision
• International Relief Teams
• YĆ©le Haiti
• American Red Cross
• Operation USA
• Catholic Relief Services
• World Food Programme
• World Concern
• Save the Children
• Mercy Corps
• Operation Blessing International
• Shelterbox
• Americares
• Operation USA
• Doctors Without Borders
• Medical Teams International
• The International Committee of the Red Cross
• The Salvation Army

Muhsinah "Always"

Per Muhsinah's Official Webpage:

"This video depicts the American housing market spiraling out of control. The words in the song reminds us that we "might not know where the week might go", - be it "wall to wall paint and bank to bank" - but if we keep a positive "action and thought (that smile)" we will surely earn the things we've worked towards, "Always". "