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Founding Fathers" is a fascinating look at the history and evolution of DJ culture, the creation of booming sound systems, the development of music technology and the origins of Hip Hop in New York City.  The documentary’s vintage footage is as compelling as the stories about Grand Master Flowers, Dancemaster Dony Lawrence, Pete DJ Jones and other NY-based DJs and sound architects of the 1960’s through the 1980’s whose names, talents and contributions aren’t as widely known, recognized or remembered as others who are more often credited with creating Hip Hop’s foundation.  Of particular interest to me in the film is the intersection and simultaneous emergence of dance, disco and Hip Hop music genres in New York in the 70’s and 80’s. Narrated by the still golden-voiced, always intelligent Chuck D of Public Enemy and featuring some classic bangers, this is a “must see” documentary for those of us who love early Hip Hop, break beats, dance music, park jams, the art of DJing/Turntablism, and New York urban music culture and history. Salute our music and culture veterans and kudos to those who document and tell their stories.  

I’m feelin’ it … 

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Jesse Boykins III. Love Apparatus is now exclusively streaming on Spotify http://open.spotify.com/album/1ckClJhmRlQKb3htXv8f3Y 

Paul Robeson - Activist, Artist, Athlete, Actor, Attorney, Author

Freedom Fighter

Genius

April 9, 1898 - January 23, 1976

#ArtIsAWeapon

DJ David Morales' beautiful tribute music mix and touching words about the Godfather of House Frankie Knuckles, who was - to him “…beyond an inspiration. He was a brother, a mentor, a friend and my king.   

"I want to thank everyone all over the world for the outpouring of love and support for our loss. I want to apologize to everyone for being quiet and not answering my phone or emails. To say that it’s been a difficult time is an understatement. Thank god for family and friends and having some comfort in knowing that my dear brother has touched so many souls and was loved by many. Although we are all mourning his passing, it’s something that he would not have wanted. He would want us to celebrate his ascension to a better place. Frankie was always a leader, never a follower. I have to admit to say that I wish he had taken me with him, that’s how much it hurts but he would not have agreed. Frankie was many things to me. He was beyond an inspiration. He was a brother, a mentor, a friend and my king. I am very fortunate to have been able to spend so many incredible moments with him. We travelled the world together. We laughed„ we cried and we danced together so many times. I was introduced to Frankie in 1987 by Judy Weinstein at our office. It was the beginning of a brotherly love. He came to Brooklyn to visit and meet my son Brandon when he was just born. We started along with Judy a company which is now considered one of House Music’s brands of our generation DEF MIX. We’ve mixed and produced many records together. Together we created the "DEF MIX" sound. I can only describe Frankie in one word….EPIC…Frankie had class, finesse. He never raised his voice. He never had to. Frankie had a natural death stare lol. He was an amazing cook. I would go visit him after my set at Red Zone when he was playing at Sound Factory. I would bring him reels of my new productions. When we were together in the booth, you felt it. Frankie was the parent and I was the kid on a leash lol. I have so many fond memories of my brother. I will always cherish them. The "TEARS" will never stop flowing but they will be "TEARS" of joy knowing that he is watching over all of us. He would want us to carry on and that is what we all must do. I will always play a song in his name. HAIL THE TRUE KING OF HOUSE. We will once again dance, cry and laugh together. "YOU ARE NOT ALONE"…FRANKIE KNUCKLES….ENCORE!!!…I LOVE YOU!!!" -

David Morales (April 2, 2014)

DJ Sir Charles Dixon's tribute to the Godfather of House Frankie Knuckles. Charles and I became friends in college - we bonded through this thing called “House Music” - at the University of Maryland, College Park.  That’s what good music does … it connects us to people we’d not otherwise know … and to our selves.  Thank you Frankie … for bringing us all closer! *tears*

PART 3 of DJ Spinna's tribute to the Godfather of House Frankie Knuckles - recorded live 4.3.14 at his monthly “No Limits" party in NYC. "Not Everyone Understands House Music … IT’S A SPIRITUAL THING … A BODY THING … A SOUL THING …" 

PART 2 of DJ Spinna's tribute to the Godfather of House Frankie Knuckles - recorded live 4.3.14 at his monthly “No Limits" party in NYC. "Not Everyone Understands House Music … It’s a Spiritual Thing …"  

At his monthly “No Limits" event in New York, DJ Spinna paid tribute to the Godfather of House Frankie Knuckles on April 3, 2014.  One week after his passing and it’s still hard to believe Frankie has transitioned. So grateful for the musical legacy Frankie created and for all the DJs who continue to honor him. 

HAPPY B’EARTHDAY MY DEAR MR. GAYE - APRIL 2, 2014

Marvin Gaye is my favorite artist of any genre of all times!  His voice and songs epitomize SOUL music - romantic, socially-conscious, thought-provoking, smooth, heart-breaking, seductive, sexy, spiritual.  Wherever I am on life’s journey, a Marvin Gaye song exists that reflects that space perfectly - as if it were my own personal music diary.  His music comforts, seduces, inspires, touches, encourages me like no other artist - it is, truly, the soundtrack of my life. Marvin was my Mom’s favorite artist, and one of the last gifts I gave her before she passed on was “The Marvin Gaye Collection" 4-cd set - which I had played at her memorial service. Thirty years after Marvin’s passing and, today - on the 75th Anniversary of his birth - I am still discovering his music.   Some songs I’ve never heard, and the ones I have sound new with each listen.  His body of work is entirely too large to even attempt to do a list of my "favorites" - especially when such a list continues to evolve … just as I do. Today, my Dear Mr. Gaye, I’m listening to:

DJ Spinna's April 2012 and 2011 Marvin Gaye Tributes 

Here My Dear" Deluxe Edition

What’s Going On” Rarities Edition

I Want You" Rarities Edition

Grateful for this rare, beautiful, vulnerable, gifted artist - Marvin lives on!

DJ Donna Edwards' musical tribute to Frankie Knuckles!