I am in the middle of trying to get my life in order so I have been all about getting organized lately. To that end, my life has been an ever growing accumulation of lists:
Things for the Apartment
Things to Do
Things to Buy
Stuff to get From Mama
Grad School Stuff
Things to be Done before Moving
In honor of these lists, I figured this week we could have a series of lists that are a hell of alot more fun than those up there. Today’s offering…
Reunions and/or Comebacks that I Cannot Wait For (or Just Acts that Deserve far More Popularity than they Got)
Was anyone else obsessed with En Vogue like me? And real extra pissed at Dawn for being ridiculous and leaving the group? And coming back? And leaving again? And squealed when they came out to sing with Alicia Keys at the Busted Errored Trifling Awards? When I was younger, I remember studying En Vogue tapes (cuz CDs wasn’t poppin‘ yet) to learn how to sing complex harmonies (not to be confused with singing in unison in an octave lower or higher which is what you hear from most “singers” today). They are so incredibly talented. I sincerely love these girls. And considering how hard pressed I am for any kind of real talent in the industry right now, I would pay top dollar for a reunion show.
2. Heavy D (and the Boyz)
Yes, I recognize that it was a whole group, but my love was centered completely and totally around one Dwight Errington Myers. Didn’t his music just make you happy? lol “Now that we Found Love”? THAT.WAS.MY.SHIT!!!! I remember a couple of years ago I went to a 30 and up party at H2O (which I LOVE going to. Please somebody take me on the Fantastic Voyage this year) and they played this and I LOST MY MIND. I heart him. AND he’s got the nerve to be a decent actor. Heart!
I recognize whole heartedly that this is never gonna happen. They are all far too ridiculous and cracked out for this to be an option. But could you IMAGINE a Jodeci comeback album? Like, if they got Timbaland and Michael Cox to do the whole thing? And they somehow reversed the years of drug abuse and was looking presentable? And they stopped acting like coons in public? It could be a MASTERPIECE. If only. But you can’t tell me that at least one, if not more, Jodeci song is not a major part of the soundtrack of your life, especially if you’re 35 or under. (I’d tell you what the important Jodeci songs in my history are, but it might share a lil too much with you about my history.) But them boys could SING. Sure they were ridiculous and were collecting cases like baseball cards, but I STILL get goosebumps listening to the harmony at the end of “Love you for Life” once the music goes out.
4. Mint Condition
Ok so Mint Condition ain’t broken up or coming back but they don’t get the credit they deserve. I LOVE them. They are sooooooo dope. The talent in this group is ridiculous. I’m supposed to co-sign foolishness and coonery like Pretty Ricky when there are acts like Mint still touring and thriving? I think not. (P.S. If someone buys me tickets to a Mint Condition show, I swear I’ll have your babies. And yall KNOW I don’t fuck wit babies like that.)
5. Goodie Mob
We have already discussed my strong propensity for all things Cee-Lo and there’s a strong possibility that the only people who will be feeling me on this is Joy and Rashan and anyone else born south of South Carolina and east of Alabama. But I still listen to Soul Food and pick up messages that I have somehow missed despite playing it to death (I believe I am in need of replacing CD #3) and it being over 10 years old. They lost me after Still Standing (quite possibly the closest to genius album ever put out of the south, second to Aquemeni) but I literally screamed out loud when I heard a sound bite talking about them being in the studio recording a new album. Their talent has never been a question for me, but so long as they stick to their style of raw social commentary and clever and different delivery, I will be one of the first to buy it.
6. ATQC/De La Soul
I’m gonna link the two together because of their ties to the Native Tongues Posse. I’d gush about how fantastic they are, but I’m guessing Adei and Rashan will do that for me in the comments, lol. (However, is the Quest website not the dopest thing you’ve ever seen?)
7. MC Lyte
So I will admit that this is partially due to my long standing and quite obvious crush on her, but no one can deny her talent. I can’t front like I was on it from jump (her first album was release when I was about 2, lol) but after Ain’t no Other she officially had a fan in me. (Don’t you dare judge me for being 10 and sneaking and listening to “Ruffneck” when I was supposed to be doing homework, lol) I think I just miss the days when female MCs were dumb talented and stood for something rather than bending over for anything. To that end…
8. Queen Latifah
Yes Queen, I know, there’s far more money in acting and makeup endorsements and producing and truth be told, I was dangerously in love with both The Dana Owens Album and Trav’lin‘ Light. But don’t yall miss Black Reign Latifah like me? Man. “Just Another Day”? “I Can’t Understand”? “Coochie Bang”? MAN. Granted, it could just be because I am sorely missing female MCs, but you can’t knock her talent.
9. Lil Kim
Aiight, so I’m a hypocrite, lol. As long as I can keep my shoes, I can live with that. But I love me some Lil Kim. I don’t always agree with her choices (Really? That spread ass cover on Hardcore Kim? Really.) But you have to love something about a 4 foot woman that’s big enough to boast on wax about how she can make a Sprite can disappear in her mouth. I need her to get as far away as possible from every needle and scalpel this side of The Promised Land, but despite all that, I can’t deny being a Kim fan and hoping she can get her career back on track. Yeah, yeah, yeah, everybody says Big wrote her rhymes, but shit, does anyone write their own shit nowadays? Besides, I don’t care, so long as it ain’t GARBAGE (Khia). So yeah. Maybe it’s just cuz I feel a dearth of realness and rawness in music considering that every 7 minutes in this country another act becomes infected with the Beyonce-No-Personality-Robot-Talking-Out-of-Their-Ass-Disease. But I miss Kim. Despite of anyone’s disagreement with her choices, you can’t deny that Hardcore was a classic and a game changer, whether we like it or not.
11. Whitney Houston
Am I the only one really rooting for Whit? I love underdog stories more than anything, and this is a fantastic one. I am certainly not pretending that she has not in fact “smoked her kneecaps off” (fast forward to about 5:25) but she
has had a beautiful voice. The bad part is that I bet after 15 years of blow for breakfast, lunch and a sensible dinner, she can still out sing every last dusty hoe in this industry. So I’m rooting for her. If she comes back decent enough, I might even let this Ray J foolishness slide. (but for real though Whit Whit you know you like chicks, stop playin‘)
13. Lauryn Hill
*sigh* This hurts me. I, like I think just about all of the 10 million plus who bought Miseducation…, take her talent very seriously. Who can touch her? Who was (is) more relevant? Who else so perfectly balanced singing star diva and brunch best friend? I still listen to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and I love it just as much as I ever did. Her voice is transcendent. Her rhymes are catchy, funny, and meaningful. Her writing is profound and real. And I miss her. I first fell hard for Lauryn on “Ready or Not”…
I play my enemies like a game of chess, where I rest
If you don’t smoke sess, lest
I must confess, my destiny’s manifest
In some Goretex and sweats I make tracks like I’m homeless
Rap orgies with Porgy and Bess
Capture your bounty like Elliot Ness
YES bless you if you represent the Fu
But I’ll hex you with some witch’s brew if you’re Doo Doo
Voo Doo, I can do what you do, easy
Frontin‘ niggas give me hee-bee-gee-bees
So while you’re imitating Al Capone
I’ll be Nina Simone
And defecating on your microphone
I remember being so floored that this was coming from a chick… and she was singing?! I was immediately enamoured. And continued to be every time she stepped to a mic. When she released Miseducation…, it was like finally, someone had appropriately captured in colorful multidimension what it was like to be a black woman. I craved that, and needed it so much at that time in my life. I could literally gush about this album for many posts to come. Every time I hear her name mentioned anywhere, I hold my breath hoping that it is in relation to her recording some new material. I was even one of very few who loved her Unplugged album (possibly because it seemed as though we were in the same
messy headspace at the time.) We need her out here. To have anyone with talent in the game right now would be a breath of fresh air, but to have the abundant amount of talent that she possesses and for her not to be creating is a serious disservice to music. If and when L-Boogie ever decides to do anything else, even if it’s a hot 16 on someone else’s shit, you had BEST believe I am on it.
And yes, just in case you were wondering, this list does prove that I am in fact about 45 no matter what my license says.