Oh Baltimore, Ain’t it hard just to live?   (Demo)

Oh Baltimore, Ain’t it hard just to live?   (Demo)

Oh Baltimore, Ain’t it hard just to live?   The absence of Black musical support for contemporary social movements   Sydney Johnson Last month Jazmine Sullivan’s dynamic cover of Nina Simone’s “Baltimore” hit the web. Slated to appear on the soundtrack of...
“On & On”: Erykah Badu and Neo-soul (Demo)

“On & On”: Erykah Badu and Neo-soul (Demo)

“On & On”: Erykah Badu and Neo-soul Marcus C. Shepard When Erykah Badu first appeared on BET’s Planet Groove in 1997 to promote her then forthcoming debut album Baduizm, it was clear that a shift in the musical landscape had arrived. Through her interview with...
The First Time I Heard…TLC (Demo)

The First Time I Heard…TLC (Demo)

The First Time I Heard…TLC By Toya Haynes Confession: I was a little late to jump on the TLC bandwagon.  I don’t mean I-wasn’t –a-fan-until-“No Scrubs”-came-out late because that would just be criminal.  I mean I wasn’t quite ready for the in your face feminism and...
D’Angelo’s “Second Coming” (Demo)

D’Angelo’s “Second Coming” (Demo)

D’Angelo’s “Second Coming” Marcus C. Shepard Last night, I had the pleasure of witnessing the “second coming” of D’Angelo during The Second Coming Tour when it touched down in Los Angeles at Club Nokia. Fresh off of this leg’s first show in...