‘Like Water For Chocolate’ by Common is 20-years-old today

Cover art for Like Water for Chocolate

Today we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Commons fourth studio release Like Water for Chocolate.

Like Water for Chocolate is the introduction of the production team Soulquarians. It consisted of Dilla, ?uestlove, D’Angelo, James Poyser and Pino Palladino. This collective created a canvas for Common to showcase his skill and his soul.

“Funky for You” one of my favorite songs seeps into your spirit. Dilla’s drums are all over it. Bilal and Jill Scott’s voices ring like a mantra singing “As long as it’s funky alright, ok” Common floats over the production and that South Side Chicago sensibility blesses the rhythm.

Funky For You

Like Water for Chocolate ushered in a new sound and created a lane for Common as the consciousness of Hip Hop.The biggest hit and single from the album is “The Light” and the video featuring Erykah Badu helped to launch Common into a different space as he proved that rap can also be romantic and loving. I remember being so moved by that song that it inspired me to propose to my now ex-wife.

“The Light” by Common

The best projects teach you something. Because of this album I know who Fela Kuti is “Time Travelin’ (A Tribute to Fela)” and “A Song for Assata” made me take a real look at freedom and what people have sacrificed for my freedom and theirs.

A Song for Assata

The boldness and spirit of this album is why it has stood the test of time. The tile of the album is inspired by the novel of the same name. Common explains in an interview why he chose it. “Actually the album is named after a movie of the same title. In the movie the main character was a really good cook. She would always be cooking for people. Whenever she would cook, she would really put a lot of emotion into it. So when people would eat her cooking, they were able to feel the same emotions she felt while cooking it. You feel me? So this is the same thing. I put all my heart, my mind and my rawness into these tracks. So I hope that people can feel that when they listen to the album” he said

Congratulations Common for this milestone. Thank you for repping the South Side of Chicago and the culture of Hip Hop the way that you do.

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Rap legend Scarface has tested positive for coronavirus – has message for conspiracy theorists

Scarface at the Promontory in Chicago 2017 (Photo credit: Eddy “Precise” Lamarre)

Houston rap legend Scarface has shared that he has tested positive for coronavirus. The co-founder of the historic rap group The Geto Boys shared this news during Willie D’s livestream on Youtube. Willie D, Scarface and the late Bushwick Bill make up the Geto Boys.

Scarface whose real name is Brad Jordan said he felt an itch in his throat a few weeks ago. That itch developed into a fever. He was treated at the emergency room and after not feeling any better he went back and was tested for coronavirus. Jordan was suprised considering he was taking precautions. “I ain’t been nowhere, I ain’t been on no planes, I ain’t been to no restaurants, you know how I get down Will.” said Jordan

Scarface is back home is is currently under quarantine with his family. After mentioning how he regurgitated what felt like hot sauce he feels like he’s on the mend. “I’m thinking I may be on the back end of it, because I’ve probably had it for so long. It’s been to the point where I’d be laying down and I couldn’t get comfortable because it was like an elephant sitting on my chest, bro. I could not breathe, I couldn’t sit up.”

Jordan’s news comes a day after his fellow Houston rapper Slim Thug also said he tested positive for coronavirus. When asked about people claiming celebrities were being paid to say they have the virus or that it was fake “Let me save your life man, Don’t play no games wit it.” said Jordan

How are you protecting yourself? What are your feelings in this pandemic? Share in the comments below.

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Da Brat COMES OUT!!…..to a brand new Bentley for her Birthday

Da Brat was filled with emotion after receiving a brand new car from her girlfriend Jesseca “Judy” Dupart founder and CEO of Kaleidoscope Hair Products. The Bentley is a early birthday present for the Brat whose birthday is April 14th.

The record breaking recording star posted her feelings and a video to her instagram during the reveal. “I’ve always been a kind of private person until I met my heart’s match who handles some things differently than I do. Thank you baby @darealbbjudy for far more than this incredible birthday gift. I have never experienced this feeling. It’s so overwhelming that often I find myself in a daze hoping to never get pinched to see if it’s real so I can live in this dream forever.” she posted

Jesseca and Da Brat are reportedly engaged. Dupart made the relationship public via Instagram “I’ve never been SOOOO happy and honestly think that it’s not only because of our connection but also because we really been to ourselves. But then all these videos keep popping up like we hiding But WE BE IN PUBLIC why is y’all hiding to get footage. My better half , my forever , my twin flame @sosobrat HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY BABY BIRTHDAY.” posted Dupart

Take a look at the video below.

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Watch Erykah Badu perform a new song during her 'Quarantine Concert Series' .@fatbellybella

Grammy award winning singer and songwriter Erykah Badu opened up her bedroom to the world during her ‘Quarantine Concert Series’ on March 24, 2020. Many artists and creators have been crippled by this coronavirus pandemic. Tours have been postponed and public gatherings have been wiped out as a result of social distancing. This new normal has created a new landscape for creatives. Many have taken to social media as a creative outlet and an opportunity to reach their fans directly.

Erykah Badu picked up where DJ D-Nice left off with his set. Badu performed a live show with her band via a livestream. It was an interactive experience that cost one dollar and allowed her supporters to choose the songs she would sing. She went through her catalogue of hits, answered a few questions and provided some background on few of those songs. During the livestream she premiered a new song written by her music director RC Williams called ‘”Vibrate On” Check it out below.

*Correction* – Song is not new, was featured on the show Girlfriends.

What do you think about these shows on social media? Would you pay? Share in the comments below.

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Watch DJ D-Nice bring 100k to #ClubQuarantine on Instagram

DJ D-Nice showed us whats possible in the midst of adversity. This pandemic currently has everyone locked down in their homes trying to flatten the curve. Artists from around the globe have taken this as an opportunity to entertain via social media. DJ D-Nice took it one step further and attracted over 100k people to his Instagram Live to party! Michelle Obama, Usher, Oprah and even Joe Biden stopped thru for the party. Check out the moment he hit 100k below.

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Pritzker expected to issue shelter-in-place order in Illinois

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The Governor of Illinois J.B. Pritzker is expected to issue a shelter-in -place order during a 3 pm press conference today with Chicago’s mayor Lori Lightfoot by his side, according to a report by the Sun Times.

This order is coming after weeks of the coronavirus spreading across the world and essentially crippling businesses and the economy.

The reaction in the United States has been slow. The Saint Patrick’s Day festivities were canceled in Chicago but the bars were still full. These large gatherings are hindering progress when it comes to stopping the spread of the virus.

This order appears to be a response to this. The numbers of those infected has been growing exponentially. This stay at home order is a way to get a handle on the pandemic. Social distancing is more than a phrase. It’s the way of the world.

Grocery stores, hospitals and gas stations and other essential businesses will stay open according to sources.

Will you stay in your home? How are you protecting yourself? Share in the comments.

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Joe Budden and Jay Electronica go at it on twitter; Who is right?

Joe Budden and Jay Electronica

The rap wars are back on. Joe Budden a former rapper and and consistent agitator has taken to his new role as a “journalist” like a fish to water. He gave his official hot take on Jay Electronica’s album A Written Testimony and it was not all favorable.

“I hate this album. Fuck y’all talking bout. I hate it.” Budden continues “As a rapper I’m telling you he got smacked around” (by Jay Z) he said

As you know, it doesn’t become a beef until it his twitter. It did and the sparks flew. A fan of Electronica mentioned that Budden had never dropped a classic and that’s where it started.

Joe being the master troll he is responded swiftly, stating he never got mopped around on his own project.

Electronica keep the trolling going basically stating he never heard any of Budden’s albums

Electronica knowing that this will be good for Budden’s next podcast requests to be acknowledged for his contribution.

There is always room for amicable rap beef in Hip-Hop. It would be so much better if the rappers took it to wax. Joe Budden is no longer a rapper so I guess that’s off the table.

Is Joe right about Electronica getting mopped up by Jay-Z? Should Electronica keep responding? Share in the comments below.

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Idris Elba has tested positive for coronavirus

Women around the world are currently up in arms because their collective boyfriend Idris Elba has tested positive for coronavirus.

Elba made his announcement on Monday.

“This morning I tested positive for Covid 19,” he wrote. “I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus.” wrote Elba

Elba is the latest celebrity who has tested positive with coronavirus. The most dominant up until this point being Tom Hanks.

The world is on alert right now. The best thing to do is to get prepared and not panic.

In the meantime to keep your spirits up check out the video for “Boasty” below

-Precise

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IL. Governor Pritzker orders all dine-in establishments and bars to close by end of day Monday

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has ordered that all restaurants and bars be closed to dine in patrons by end of day March 16th thru March 30, 2020. Coronavirus continues to rear it ugly head and if affecting the world. The state of Illinois has been staggering closings during the course of last week and this is the latest announcement. This will affect affect election day this Tuesday. Early voting is still an option and voters are still able to send mail in ballots.

“I cannot let the gravity of the choices prevent us from taking the actions that the science and the experts say will keep people safe,” Pritzker said.

Chicago’s mayor Lori Lightfoot and Governor Prtiztker have been working in concert to assure the safety of their citizens

Mayor Lightfoot said the city would be looking after hospitality workers amid the closure. She also mentioned that these establishments need to follow suit.

“Our restaurants and bars need to comply with this guidance, because we will enforce it at the city level,” Lightfoot said.

Illinois Restaurant Association President and Chief Executive Officer Sam Toia said the safety and health of customers and team members is at top of mind.

“The Illinois Restaurant Association will continue to act on behalf of economic relief for our employees and our small businesses,” Toia said. “It is the number one concern of the restaurateur to make sure his or her team members get their paychecks.”

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Donald Glover blesses us with surprise music while the world is quarantined

Donald Glover at Lollapalooza 2019 (Photo credit: Eddy “Precise” Lamarre)

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Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino aka the guy who acts, sing, writes, and raps just surprised the world with some new music. The 12 song project is untitled with no tracklist. The project was launched at Donald Glover Presents.

“Feels Like Summer” from his film Guava Island featuring Rihanna reappears on this release. Glover also partners up with 21 Savage and Arianna Grande on some solid collaborations. We have yet to see what else come from this. This is perfect quarantine music and we appreciate Donald Glover for breaking the monotony if just for a day or two.

You can listen here

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