An Ode To DJ Rashad

The news of the passing of Rashad Harden, better known as, DJ Rashad, has been hard to inhale.  It really messes me up.  He was such an icon, blazing a trail of music worldwide that was birthed in the heart of America.  A true Ambassador of the Footwork culture and incomparable deejay and producer, it just really hurts that the Midwest has suffered another great lost, such as this man.

Chicago, Illinois is such an important city, here in America.  They have birthed some of the most creative people and brought forth so much to the culture of the Midwest and that of America, as a whole.  I feel like with all of the things that the media pushes out there about Chicago, the positive gets lost, intentionally.  The TRUE and WHOLE culture of Chicago and the Midwest is never revealed and exposed.  Because DJ Rashad has been doing positive things with his music for years, carrying on the legacy of DJ Frankie Knuckles, Curtis Mayfield, Kanye West and others who have put on for this city of Soul and Passion.  A city of immense flavor, history and victorious tribulations.  And DJ Rashad has been the pilot of a musical movement that has told it’s story to the world.

His music was amazing.  The way he could chop a song up and flip it into a track, whether it be old school or new, that cats can just footwork and dance to all night long is a gift; he had his own sound.  A sound that painted a unique picture left for the listener to interpret and feel.  And he had MUCH MORE to give.

This is an ode to DJ Rashad, The Ghetto Tekz and Teklife crew, Chicago, the Footwork culture and the Midwest.  I send my condolences to his family, friends and all of those touched and invigorated by his music.  May his spirit live on through his music.

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MusicalYouth- Colorz

Currently back into my REGGAE bag…..  Strictly ROOTS & CULTURE, SEEN????
Definitely becoming more grounded for the next level and phase of my life.

Meanwhile, on this journey, I’ve been digging into Musical Youth’s catalog, IMMENSELY.  Never even realizing how extremely heavy these cats were and still are.  They were TRUE musicians.  Actual CREATORS.  And it is absolutely necessary to praise innovative artists that brought a new and different energy to the eyes, ears and hearts of world.  How rare is it to see new groups and bands on T.V. in this day and age?  How often do you actually see music videos?  How often do you see a group of young Black boys playing instruments in pure bliss?

This is why I am totally enthralled by Musical Youth’s story and how courageous they were then, knowing the tribulations they overcame to be a band still standing strong today.  And you don’t have to take my word for it, just listen to the music for yourself.  Because it is there that you will hear the real story.

Michael, Kelvin, Dennis, Patrick & Junior…  Absolutely BRILLIANT!  So happy to be RE-introduced to their music in a totally new light.  Also, Rest in Peace to Patrick and much love and blessings to Junior.  May Jah lift his spirit and renew his strength.

@MusicalYouth30 on Twitter 

Understanding and Overstanding The Cosmos

We are a+part of some-thing vast and wondrous. ~ We are a-part of some-thing IN+timate & true.
~ Something BOTH + modern -n- ancient.  Sum+thing of this AGE and fore all AGEs. ~

Codex Tor, Part II

Count Contessa REIGNS in The Ratchet

Count Contessa is my latest muse.  Hailing from Long Island, New York, by the way of Brooklyn…  This Italian bombshell is heating up the internet and catching the attention of people worldwide with her latest video, “Reign in Ratchet”.

Contessa Stuto is a legendary performer and personality from the underground party scene/movement of NYC and has been for the past decade.  Although she has been known for this and her Cunt Mafia movement, she recently gained global notoriety through Harlem rapstress, Azealia Banks’s song entitled, “Count Contessa”, a song paying homage to this crowned diva.  Talk about influence and rank.

And with the spotlight shining on her, she has released a new video to a song that condemns the rich and famous for their swift and unapologetic theft of urban and underground culture and music within recent years.  The video for “Reign in Ratchet” is a beautiful, yet wild representation of an already bubbling and creative community of people that are having fun and just being THEMSELVES.  Thus, being the reason why Count Contessa is the unique and visionary artist that people love.  And even love to steal from…  I’m just saying.

Look out for more from the Cunt Queen, and be sure to follow her on Twitter…
She is a Kiiiiiii on there!

@CuntMafia on Twitter
CuntMafia on SoundCloud