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11 Songs You Can Thank Grammy-Nominated Singer & Producer Kashif For

September 29th, 2016 - By Michelby Whitehead
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Tragically, Brooklyn-born producer and recording artist Kashif Saleem was found dead in his Los Angles home on Sunday. Updated reports state that he was actually 59, not 56, at the time of his death.

Kashif was an artist, producer and composer who played multiple instruments. At 15, he toured internationally as a member of B.T. Express, whose hits include the funky “Do It.” In 1996, he added author to his list of accomplishments with the best-selling book Everything You Better Know About the Record Industry.

As an artist, Kashif had 17 Top 10 hits. As a producer/songwriter, he sold over 70 million records worldwide, earning him six Grammy nominations in multiple categories. Saxophonist Kenny G credits the multifaceted Kashif for launching his career.

A product of eight foster homes, his later years were spent developing educational music programs for children and aspiring artists. He also taught at UCLA.

Although the height of his solo career came during the ’80s, his musical influence and legacy remained relevant decades later. The artist’s music was sampled by artists of all genres. Here are just 11 tracks you probably didn’t know Kashif was responsible for:



“You Give Good Love”

Originally, “You Give Good Love” was written with the incomparable Roberta Flack in mind. But as the producer of the song, Kashif eventually thought it was better suited for Whitney Houston. He convinced Arista Records to let her have it and the song became her third single from her self-titled debut. It also went on to be a pop crossover hit on the Billboard 100.

Why Maxwell, Sade, Lauryn Hill and Missy Elliott Need To Hurry Up And Release New Music Already

April 23rd, 2015 - By Nneka Samuel
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Legend has it that every five minutes, someone somewhere in the world asks R&B crooner Maxwell when his next album will drop.

If you follow the “Pretty Wings” singer on social media, you’ll know this statement isn’t far from the truth. He can’t seem to catch a break from well-meaning, hungry fans itching for that new new.  And while there has been an influx of soul-stirring music in recent months from the likes of D’Angelo (after a 14-year hiatus), Prince, J.Cole, and Kendrick Lamar, to name a few, our hearts and ears still long to hear the latest from not only Maxwell, but these other legendary artists who like to take their precious time making music: Sade, Lauryn Hill, and Missy Elliot.

I’ll be the first to admit I still harbor a school-girl type of crush on Maxwell, so my unrequited love for the man may get in the way of sensibility.  But he did make a few promises he couldn’t quite keep. After the 2009 release of his Grammy award-winning BLACKsummers’night album, Maxwell promised back-to-back albums, a trilogy, in fact.  Six years later, fans are still waiting on pins and needles for the second album to be released.  The only thing we’ve had to tide us over is his 2012 duet with Alicia Keys, “Fire We Make.”  We’re happy for the crumbs but, damn, can we get a full on meal, please?  Maxwell even said a duet album was in the works with Keys, but that too has yet to come to pass. Can you blame me for my thirstiness?  This is the man who brought us classics like “Sumthin’ Sumthin,’” “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder),” “Fortunate,” and “This Woman’s Work.” This is a man who is ever humble and whose gratitude speaks volumes.  I’m getting all verklempt.  Let me move on.

I grew up in a household where three particular songstresses reigned supreme: Anita Baker, Phyllis Hyman, and Sade. And while I love all of them, Sade has always held a special place in my heart. Perhaps that’s because she also has a beautiful African name that people have trouble pronouncing (There’s no “r” in Sade, folks. Quit it already).  The despair, the heartache, the highs, the lows.  Sade sets a mood like no other artist can and understands romantic love in a way I have yet to experience.  But she’s also on that 10-year plan.  Her last album, Soldier of Love, was released in 2010, which means fans have (at least) five more years to wait before hearing another musical gem.  That’s if she even feels like returning.  On the Soldier of Love tour, Sade said on more than one occasion that it may be her last (which is unacceptable because I have yet to see her live).  After releasing an album and touring the world, Sade loves to return to virtual obscurity.  She is the queen of going off the grid and the ease with which she does this is part of her lore and mystique.  Sade doesn’t give many interviews, and you know good and well that she’s not on social media.  It’s clearly not about the fame with her; it’s all about the music. That’s what makes Sade even more respected, treasured and missed when she disappears off of the face of the earth.

Now, Lauryn Hill…where to begin? The Fugees hip-hop songstress was on top of the world with her debut solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.  She skillfully balanced love and heartbreak with freeing lyrics that reminded us of our greatness and our potential.  Miseducation garnered Hill five Grammys, or maybe it was a billion (she was holding quite a few at the end of the night), and then she basically disappeared, only to reappear with her poorly received MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 album.  It was followed up by a self-imposed exile fueled by limited engagements, showing up super late to shows, tax woes, and dissing sprees from critics, former group members, and so-called fans who claimed the singer went off the deep end.  While we rightfully want more music from Ms. Hill, we can’t fault the woman for growing or switching up and trying on new styles, musically and creatively.  Isn’t that what artists do best?  Still, we long for her full on return and hope that maybe the best is yet to come.

When Missy Elliott burst onto the music scene, everything about her was bold and unapologetic, from her lyrics to her fashion sense, and her videos.  Aside from her music, Elliott has helped launch and guide the careers of singers like Aaliyah, Nelly Furtado, Keyshia Cole and countless others.  Let’s not forget that her surprise appearance during Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime performance stole the show. Perry fans wanted more from this “new” artist, and that goes to show you how long she has been out of the spotlight.  In recent years, Elliott has been vocal about her autoimmune disorder, Graves’ disease, which at times kept her from even being able to hold a pen to write music.  But Elliott says she’s anxious to return.  I think her fans are more anxious to hear whatever goodness she has in store.

Despite desperately wanting these artists to come out with more music already, fans get it.  We’re not privy to the intricacies of the music industry or the inner workings of these artists’ lives – the personal triumphs and devastating blows.  We’re not there as they raise their children or spend precious time with their families.  Nor do most of us know anything about the pressures of fame.  So when fans get word of canceled concerts, delayed albums, or absolute silence from our favorite artists, we have to remember that they’re human too. They bleed, laugh and love just like we do.  And just like us, they need to live their lives.  (Everyone can’t be like Beyoncé, dropping albums all willy nilly.)  But their music is the soundtrack to our daily lives; their voices timeless, classic and ever-inspiring.  And no matter how many times we’ve heard their hits, once a song of theirs comes on the radio, it’s like coming home.  Not many artists can evoke that sentiment.  So if you’re reading this Maxwell, Sade, Lauryn Hill or Missy Elliott, we’re ready whenever you are.

Real Or Fake: Singer Tweet Is Considering Suing…Twitter?

March 23rd, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Unfortunately, this is real. Very, very real.

First of all, let’s just get this out of the way: you all remember singer Tweet, right? She had the song “Oops  (Oh My)” from her amazing debut album Southern Hummingbird.  Okay good, we’re all on track now. Back to business.

Well, she recently had a little chat with All Hip Hop about where she’s been since the release of her second album and the new music on her latest EP. They then mentioned to her that Twitter has become insanely popular and asked if she considered changing her name. This was her response:

“No. If anything, Twitter would have to change something up. I was here first, and they took everything that I brought to the table. I brought the bird, the name and I will never change. I’ve been Tweet since I was a little girl. It’s not a phase name, that’s who I am. My father gave me that nickname, so no way am I changing that at all.”

They went on to ask her about the rumor of her possibly suing Twitter:

“No, it’s no rumor. I didn’t go that far, yet. Yes, there is a case, and there is room for that. I haven’t really pursued it fully yet.”

There’s just so much confusion here. First, singer Tweet actively uses Twitter to tweet to her fans.  The only reason anyone knows she has a new EP out is because she uses the site to promote her music (I don’t know about you but I don’t think any of my local radio stations have asked her to come promote it). The excitement over her, so to speak, has dwindled – at least from a record label perspective – so Twitter is the easiest and cheapest route for her to get info out to the masses.

Second, whether or not Twitter decided for themselves that the word “tweet” would be used to define what people are doing on the site, a lot of people just decided that’s the word they would use to describe what they were doing anyway.What other word would there eve be? “Twittering?” That just sounds silly.

Third: With all due respect, ma’am, the vast majority of people on Twitter probably don’t know you. The head honchos at Twitter don’t know you. Personally, I’m a fan; back when Southern Hummingbird came out, my friends and I would sing the entire album and actually, we called it “tweeting.” So, while I think it is funny how the two have that connection in my world (and maybe a few of you too), let’s not get too crazy. It’s not like the use of the word on Twitter has caused her to lose money or for people to become insanely confused.

If she actually decides to pursue this, I’d be really interested to hear what she’d like them to change.  I’d also like to know if she would sue them for money because to move forward on something like this and possibly ask for money, the figure would likely be pretty high. Hilarious.

By the way, Tweet does have an EP out called Simpy Tweet and she says her new album will be out during the summer or in September. Now, that’s something to be [cautiously] excited about.

What do you think about this? Would Tweet have a leg to stand on?

We Need A Resolution: Timbaland Suing Insurance Company Over Missing Watch

January 27th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Producer and “rapper” Timbaland has had enough and he’s not taking it anymore.

According to TMZ, Tim filed a lawsuit last month against American Home Assurance Company for $1.8 million dollars because they have refused to cover the claim of a watch that went missing in 2010.

Timbaland says he paid more than $50,000 in May 2010 to take out an insurance policy that would cover quite a bit of expensive items, including a watch from Jacob the Jeweler. The watch was 18k white gold and draped in over 30 carats of diamonds.

Some kind of way, the watch went missing in August 2010.  At that time, Tim was allegedly so upset about it being gone he got his family worked up and they called the police saying they thought he might commit suicide.  While Tim told police once they arrived that he was never going to do that, he did tell them that he thought someone he knew stole the watch.

The police started an investigation but it never went anywhere.

But now in the lawsuit against AHA, Timbaland says he thinks his young daughter picked it up and “played with it until she got bored and discarded it somewhere.”

While the value of the watch has not been revealed, the $1.8 million covers the cost of the watch, interest  and Tim’s lawyer fees.

There’s been no word from the insurance company as to why they won’t cover the claim.

Oh, the problems of the one percent nation.  All I have is a little Michael Kors watch and I guard it as though the plans to change the world are sitting under the face.

Hopefully, all of this will be settled soon.

You Were On That Song!? 9 Celebs Who Showed Up On Some Of Our Favorite Tracks And We Didn’t Even Know It

December 18th, 2012 - By IndigoBlack
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Whether these artists were huge names or little known artists at the time, they’ve been featured on some of our favorite songs over the years, producing, singing, writing, and more. While many of their voices and talents were ignored since all the attention was on the major artist of that time they were working with, they all went on to have a great deal of success in their own right, even passing up the people they once had to go through hell and high water to get on a track with. Interested in finding who sang on what? You know what to do–get to clickin’. (Sorry, but you knew that was coming…)

Rest In Peace…Or Not: 9 Posthumous Albums We Loved, And Some We Could Have Lived Without

August 7th, 2012 - By IndigoBlack
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When it comes to posthumous albums, for recently deceased and iconic deceased artists, the release of one can bring in big dollars for their estate and more fans to their musical catalog. Over the years, some artists have had their unreleased tracks flipped and released posthumously, with good and bad results. With the news that Drake is hoping to produce a posthumous album for the late Aaliyah (his imaginary girlfriend), the release of the first single, “Enough Said,” and the recent news that Missy and Timbaland will contribute to the project, we’re wondering if the upcoming album will be a huge hit, or a hot mess of a miss. We’re also thinking about past posthumous projects and the marks they’ve made, or the missteps made in releasing them to the world. Shall we discuss? Let’s take a look at a few…


Notorious BIG – Life After Death  (Loved)

To be clear up front, posthumous refers to a work published after someone’s death. Though BIG worked on this double album himself and it was actually supposed to be released on Halloween of ’96, it was released two weeks after his death in ’97. Not only was it a commercial success (diamond status) and considered one of the best selling hip-hop albums of all time, it was also a huge success with critics and fans alike. There was a little bit of something for everybody, including the mainstream cats (“Hypnotize”), the ladies (“F*** You Tonight”), the hardcore fans (“Notorious Thugs” and “What’s Beef?”), and…Diddy, of course (“Mo Money Mo Problems”).

Ooo That’s Nasty! 7 Dirty Songs That Topped the Charts

May 18th, 2012 - By madamenoire
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By Justin Ray

Some of the biggest hit songs contain lyrics we wouldn’t repeat to our mothers. Many of our favorite joints can be raunchy and even misogynistic, but sometimes a good beat is, well, a good beat. Take a look at this list of nasty songs that killed it on the charts


Missy Elliot “Work it”

Misdemeanor should have been fined for this dirty anthem. In 2002, Missy Elliot hit number two in the country with the lead single from her fourth album “Under Construction.” The video for the song also was a success: it gave Missy the 2003 MTV Music Award for Best Video.

Not on the bed, lay me on your sofa

Phone before you come, I need to shave my chocha

You do or you don’t or you will or won’t you

Go downtown and eat it like a vulture