Monthly Archives: May 2010

DAY 150 GRAMMY CHASE: BEASTIES

One of my favorite groups, the equivalent of Rolling Stones of Hip Hop, thanks to Rick and Rush!! This is bad video quality but the other version is locked by user, again inhibiting the further spread of great music, another problem with the music industry. Best Rap Performance by a Group or Duo – 1998 – “Intergalactic”


DAY 149 GRAMMY CHASE: CEDRIC…NOT THE ENTERTAINER

Some people just need to stay in their lane and master their niche. Listening to this now, I’m sure that Warren G probably wrote this dudes rap, which doesn’t make it any more acceptable, because this joint was STRAIGHT UP wack!!….Warren G is a Grammy Nominated artist/producer, but that credit alone couldn’t bring success to this disaster.


DAY 148 GRAMMY CHASE: ANCIENT HARP

My mission is to learn and educate myself on various forms of music and worthwhile contributing musicians, which are mostly Grammy nominees and winners. During the process I come across some amazing talents, one of them is artist Mamadou Diabate, a master musician of the kora, a 21 string West African Harp instrument. Winner of the Best Traditional World Music Album Grammy, 2009 – Douga Mansa. His skill is incredible, as I’ve never even heard of a Kora before now, which is the ancient and probably first version of the contemporary harp of today.


DAY 147 GRAMMY CHASE: BIRDS OF A FEATHER

A Flock of Seagulls – “D.N.A.” as the Best Rock Instrumental Performance – 1982. I don’t remember that particular song that won the Grammy, however, I can’t forget how MTV from back in the day, saturated the screen with this video, the hit song that they are probably most recognized for: I RAN


DAY 146 GRAMMY CHASE: BLUES BOY KING

Blues Boy King, formerly The Beale Street Blues Boy was a radio DJ in Memphis who we now know as B.B. King. For years I’ve wondered what the B.B. stood for and never thought to look it up. His real name is Riley King, but as fate would have it, B.B. King is a much more swaggerific name.

The King received his first Grammy in 1971 – Best R&B Performance for “The Thrill is Gone,” but continued to win many more Grammy’s, even nabbing an award as recent as 2008. One of his sweetest accomplishments among many, was winning Best Traditional Blues Album in 2005 for his album entitled 80, celebrating his 80th Birthday. King once played 342 one-night stand gigs in 1956 at the age of 31. My grandmother LOVED B.B. King, especially because his famed-guitar “Lucille” was her namesake.


DAY 145 GRAMMY CHASE: GOO GOO GAGA

The woman that everyone seems to get tired of, yet never get enough of her as she reinvents herself with every appearance. My friends Trevor, Rameer, Jenn and I were talking about how brilliant of an artist and business man Akon is for finding value in her as she is now soaring into the atmosphere with no signs of slowing down.

Lady Gaga – Best Dance Recording – 2009: “Poker Face” and Best Electronic/Album – The Fame.


DAY 144 GRAMMY CHASE: UP!!!

The Composer’s and Engineers names may not be recognizable, but you will SURELY remember their music, as they scored the brilliant soundscape behind the Pixar movie UP. Michael Giacchino (composer) and Dan Wallin (engineer/mixer) won Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or any other Visual Media in 2009. A long title for a Grammy award, but an even longer lasting impression made with their contribution to the Pixar archive or fabulous family movies. The clip below is SOOO sad, and it’s incredible that such emotion can be communicated through a cartoon and musical composition.