Day 75, the year was 1989, when hip hop was in its golden era and I was truly loving its transformation, R&B was also churning out some of it’s most memorable artists and recordings, one of them being Luther Vandross. Vandross was referenced in many hip hop lyrics and his first name became a phrase all in itself in thanks for his song “It’s Over Now.” I’m not sure if it was a national or regional thing, but I remember we’d use the phrase “It’s Luther.!” or “He/She’s Luther!!” meaning it was over or they were finished, done, the equivalent of today’s phrase “It’s a wrap!”

Anyhow, the 1989 release of “Here and Now” earned a Grammy for Best R&B Male Vocal Performance at the 33rd Annual. 20-something years later its still one of the most requested songs for weddings. Classic without a doubt.


About by Edreys

Edreys Wajed is a catalyst of inspiration and a walking enterprise of all things creative. The Buffalo native boasts a toolbox chock-full with talents and experiences ranging from a visual artist, jewelry designer and musical entertainer, to an educator and entrepreneur with notable recognitions respectfully in each. His approach in each endeavor is soundly unique, high quality and signature in presentation, having found his course as a creator early in life. As early as 14 years of age, when his mother invested in a pair of hair clippers for him, seeing as she could no longer afford to pay for his haircuts, Edreys taught himself the trade of barbering and soon began making money for himself in the basement of his childhood home. With his artistic ability he also began growing a client base and reputation for customized hats and clothes as well as logo design by hand, long before learning graphics in college. His creativity, craftsmanship and passion to inspire people are what drives his spirit of entrepreneurship. From having run his own stationery boutique and art gallery shared with his wife; touring nationally and internationally as a hip hop artist, Edreys is exceptionally diverse with his avenues of expression, including the fine craft of jewelry making, passed down from his father and master craftsman. Edreys is most recently recognized locally for his contribution as an artist on the Freedom Wall which features 28 civil rights dignitaries, 7 of which he painted with his unique style and use of line. “Creativity is my neighbor, I live by it,” says Edreys. View all posts by by Edreys

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