Milwaukee Charter School-Excellence First!

This is a great video.    It’s by a pair of 11 year old 6th graders from Milwaukee Excellence Charter school.  They borrowed a beat from Tee Grizley’s song,First Day Out.  The two young girls are students of teacher Terrance Sims.  He uses music to connect better with his students. “I wrote this song to get kids excited for the new school year and it picked up steam and turned into a full video,” Terrance explained. “It was a great experience as it kicked off our performing arts club.”  I personally think young black children need more rap songs like this.  They need more positive lyrics that express black pride and to inspire them to achieve greatness.  Too much of rap music today is filled with sex,violence and anti-blackness.  I salute these young black children!  They are already ahead of the game.  This is black genius. This is great to see!  We more hip hop culture to represent like this.

Maimouna Youseef-Shine Your Light

Whats up party people
This is ya girl
Sherry Duveaux
On WTLC rocking for the hard working folks
Just getting off of one gig and heading to another.
But in this crazy Friday rush hour traffic
I gotta jam that will smooth you out and get you right for the night
Imma about to split but before I do
An instant classic by none other than Maimouna Youssef
Dig the lyrics jack, she’s dropping some knowledge and making you feel good too
A little inspiration from your favorite station, a groove to get you in the mood,
Some Sounds for your get down
I know its rough out there yall, the Man’s foot always on ya neck
but don’t worry about that sucka, just shine your light and I’ll catch you on the flip side…

 

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Keep on Walking with your head held high (shine your light 2x)
Keep on talking like you heard it from the sky (shine your light 2x)
We aint gonna let ‘em bring us down (shine your light 2x)
You know we come too far to give up now (shine your light 2x)
The chosen people bare the hardest load (shine your light 2x)
Heavy is the head that wears the crown you know (shine your light 2x)
Give Him thanks cuz we got Soul (shine your light 2x)
Baby shake it off and let the good times roll (shine your light 2x)
And lets party, everybody come together if only for one night (shine your light 2x)
Forget the troubles of the world (shine your light 2x)

 

Hook:
Lead: Oh and let the good times roll BGV: Shine your light (Repeat)
Lead: its good to be a light
Hey Let the good times roll, it feels so good to be alive
Child is born with no state of mind
Raised up in this ghetto life
Three strikes got daddy doing time
Feel like he was born under a bad sign
Crooked cops shoot your kids right in the back
They raided my grandmamma house, she had a heart attack
And when black girls go missing they never look for that
This ain’t nowhere to live but sh*t its where we’re at

Always seeming like we falling on some bad times
But we find a way to smile and keep our heads up high
Oh party Just forget about the troubles of the world HeyToo much hard times will hurt your pride (shine your light 2x)
And the ones that you love don’t ever do you right (shine your light 2x)
So I keep on living with my head up high (shine your light 2x)
Everywhere I go Im going to shine my light (shine your light 2x)
Im going to stand on my feet if I have to die (shine your light 2x)
I’ll never live on my knees just to pacify (shine your light 2x)
People don’t you have no fear tonight (shine your light 2x)
God Children were promised ever lasting life (shine your light 2x)

 

Hook:
People come together, forget about the troubles of the world,
shake it off and let the good times roll,
shake it off and let the good times roll baby,
feels good to let the good times roll

Oshun-Sango

No pressure, you don’t have to love me
Just give me some time, just make me feel lucky
When you lay with me night
And when the sun comes up to meet the light
You say that you don’t care
I’m big enough to handle it
Just play in my hair and kiss me while the candles lit
Your secrets safe with me and I won’t tell
I don’t mind if you hurt me it’s my own fault that I fell
And I tell myself I need you, but you don’t feel the same
And double standards taught me I should let you play the game
But I’m not ashamed of playing the fool
Just call me beautiful
You tell me things like you’ll leave her when we both know that’s not true
And make promises of the things we both know you won’t do
Boy it’s cool, I’ll crumble alone
And you gone live your life and only fuck when in the zone
And yeah you make me moan
I put you on a throne; you won’t pick up your phone
But baby you make me feel grown
So I persist to give you everything you want
Even though you kept it real with me and you been blunt
Saying that we won’t be together and this is only lust
And never equals never
I’m on the same page as you
There’s nothing that I can explain to you
To show you why

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I just keep on giving
I cannot keep living for you
Got my mind spinning round
You gon’ let me drown
But I’m sick of falling
I wanna rise to love
Rise to love
Rise

(Verse 2)
A weak woman goes where she is smiled at
But I’ve never seen a smile quite like yours
Said he loves me, he loves me not
Well he’s not sure but he knows he wants me
Yeah he said I’m making him hot hot hot
And so I let him take my top off
I don’t know thinking maybe things will pop off
Or sparks from the physical signals to his mental for a certain type of spiritual relationship
But, he just want the rhythm of my hips
Placing seldom kisses upon my lips
You know that quick fix satisfaction
Bridging to nowhere, a fatal attraction
Like whoa there, why did we go there so fast?
We knew that purely matter never ever last
Now morning glass outside looking in
While your bragging bout my ass to your friends
And I know this all begins with my issues with men
That’s why

(Chorus 2)
I keep on defending
The fact that I’m depending on you
I know it’s true that
A weak woman goes where she is smiled at
But I’ve never seen a smile quite like yours
Whether you love me or love me not
I’ll adore you forever more

(Chorus 1)
And I’ll just keep on giving
I cannot keep living for you
Got my mind spinning round
You gon’ let me drown
But I’m sick of falling
I wanna rise to love
Rise to love
Rise

Secrett- Melanin

A friend told me about this female rapper Secrett. He told me about this catchy song she had called Melanin.  I must admit it is pretty catchy.  And of course on this blog we support all things that are pro-melanin.  Here’s a little biography from her website:

Whether she is lyrically lashing out on society and politics over soulful hip hop instrumentals, or keeping it simple and carefree over a hard hitting trap beat – Secrett is sure to move the mind and the crowd.  Though she was born in Chicago, she was raised all over the world due to her father serving in the U.S. Army.  This “military brat” represents the unique community that struggles to call one place “home” – essentially from everywhere… and no where.  Hence, her brand, “BraTT Rap”.

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Secrett currently resides in New York City, where she began recording, and continues to earn respect as a serious up and coming independent artist.  In June 2014 she released her first project – My S.T.U.P.I.D. Mixtape.   Hot 97’s Dj Enuff and Thisis50’s funnyman, Jack Thriller, hosted the tape and release event respectively.  With co-signs from two of NYC’s most respected entertainers under her belt, Secrett gained momentum as a new artist and hasn’t turned back.

Since her debut, Secrett has remained consistent through releasing singles & remixes, self-directed music videos, and mixtapes – Picture Day (2015), Clock Out (2016), and Verbal Warning (2016) – on hubs such as Spinrilla.com. Social media power blogs BallerAlert (@balleralert) and The Shade Room (@theshaderoominc), as well as Vlad TV, are among several media outlets that have featured Secrett’s work.  You may catch Secrett performing live at local open mics, or bigger venues such as NYC’s legendary S.O.B.’s and BlackThorn 51.  Stream & download Secrett’s top singles on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, & Tidal.  Secrett is currently working on her EP, set to release in 2017.

http://www.secrettisout.com/

Suzann Christine- Fly

I love this new song by Suzann Christine.  She is one of my favorite singer/songwriters at the moment. I like the video and she has her own unique fashion style.  Here’s her short biography:

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Class, creativity, and raw talent is what the 2012 Philly Hip Hop Award winner for “Best Female R&B Artist“ Suzann Christine offers her many fans and followers with the fun yet relatable R&B/Pop music she is known for. Within the past year, this singer/songwriter has been introduced to the airwaves and social networks, winning the hearts and ears of thousands within her hometown of Philadelphia and throughout the country. Opening for artists such as Keyshia Cole, Raheem Devaughn, Ryan Leslie, and Philly’s own Musiq Soulchild, being chosen as one of the top 10 artist to make it in the Andre Harrell “2010 Superstar Soul Search” for Philly, launching the Philadelphia Phillies Official Playoff Anthem with Philly’s hit station Wired 96.5, being the Grand Prize winner of Citi Trends “The Big Break Talent Search” with her single Closed Casket, performing as a featured artist for BB Kings R&B spotlight, opening for Melanie Fiona, Wale, TI, Waka Flocka Flame and other notable artists at the popular RadioOne Fest; consistently releasing new music and gaining features on multiple websites/blogs and spins on popular radio stations such as Philly’s Hot 107.9. Suzann Christine has proven to her fans that she will provide nothing shy of greatness. Suzann Christine has built her following through collabs with local artists, YouTube covers with 30,000+ views and performances throughout Philadelphia, New York City, Baltimore, Miami and more. When this well-rounded artist is not performing and making new music, she’s giving back to her community through her performing arts nonprofit she founded in 2010, SCH Creative & Performing Arts, volunteer work and participation in charity events. Suzann Christine prides herself on having an “outside of the box” mentality when it comes to music and creativity, but still focusing on positivity while bringing back real music with a new age twist.

Jamila Woods- VRY BLK

Happy New Year family!  I hope everyone has a prosperous 2017.  I thought some good music would be a great way to start off the new year.  I like this new artist Jamila Woods.  She’s been creating a lot of buzz since last year.  I love this song VRY BLK.  It’s very catchy and a great theme for this blog.  Here’s a little back story on Jamila.

Poet and vocalist Jamila Woods was raised in Chicago, IL and graduated from Brown University, where she earned a BA in Africana Studies and Theatre & Performance Studies. Influenced by Lucille Clifton and Gwendolyn Brooks, much of her writing explores blackness, womanhood & the city of Chicago. Her first chapbook, The Truth About Dolls (2012), was inspired by a Toni Morisson quote & features a Pushcart-nominated poem about Frida Kahlo. Her poetry is included in the anthologies The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (2015), Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls (2014), and The UnCommon Core: Contemporary Poems for Learning & Living (2013).

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Jamila is also a vocalist & songwriter, focusing primarily on soul/hip-hop centered music. Her musical lineage includes Erykah Badu, Imogen Heap, Kirk Franklin, and Kendrick Lamar. Raised in her church choir, Jamila’s musical aesthetic involves choral layering in addition to the hip-hop tradition of sampling & allusions. Her work with her band, M&O (fka Milo & Otis) has been featured by Okayplayer, Spin, JET and Ebony Magazine.

Jamila is currently the Associate Artistic Director of non-profit youth organization Young Chicago Authors, where she helps organize Louder Than A Bomb (the largest poetry festival in the world), designs curriculum for Chicago Public Schools, and teaches poetry to young people throughout the city.