Silva Linings Playbook – Greatest R&B singers of all time: R Kelly

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When R Kelly first exploded onto the music scene in the Spring of 1992, he was considered nothing more than a ripoff of Aaron Hall, the lead singer of Guy. With the fancy suits, bald head and sunglasses, he came off as a cheap imitation of Hall. Twenty-two years later, Hall is a washed up R&B singer who can’t get arrested. On the other hand, Kelly has been the single, most successful R&B singer of the last 22 years. Henceforth, his ranking: The ninth greatest R&B male solo artist of all-time. More

Silva Linings Playbook – 2PAC and BIGGIE

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During the summer of 1982, I first heard one of the greatest rap songs ever made over the radio: “The Message,” by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. That song was the first song I ever heard accurately portray life in the inner-cities. That song made me fall in love with hip hop. I first discovered hip hop in the Fall of 79 because of the song “Rapper’s Delight,” by the Sugar Hill Gang. While a great party song, it has never been on the level of “The Message.” During the summer of 1980, I kept playing the records “The Breaks,” by Kurtis Blow and “Super Rhyme,” by Jimmy Spicer. All of these records were party records. “The Message,” was a social conscience song that was ahead of its time. More

Silva Linings Playbook – The Black Athlete

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Hello, Superfriends Universe, this is my first installment of what should be many columns to come. I will take a look at sports, theater, music and movies from many sides of the coin. My views can be, and will be, controversial from time to time. All I can ask is that you read and try to understand where I’m coming from. My first column deals with THE BLACK ATHLETE. More