Throw Back Thursday: In Memory Of Tupac Amaru Shakur 1971-1996 – The Conscious Poet/Rapper /actor #throwbackthursday #music

 

 

Throwing it back musically as usual on a Thursday! This week I thought a bit about Tupac, after a movie marathon the other night. I was up until 4:00 a.m watching the biopic “All Eyez on Me” recently released in memory of  him. I was impressed with the casting, the actor who portrayed Tupac is not only as drop dead gorgeous as the real man, (sorry no matter what you think of him, this man is a stunner!! 🙂 ), the actor also put over Tupac’s characteristics we know him for well.

One thing that I’ve always felt about Tupac is that no matter how “gangster” some my find him, he was at times a very conscious rapper and a poet.  He was in love with Shakespeare! His lyrical content at times was intelligent. Sometimes this may have been ignored. Or it could have been that sadly he was not “media friendly enough”, as his way of showing his consciousness upset and reminded certain groups of society members, about the struggle they turn a blind eye to… but those from poorer backgrounds facing the struggle could relate, no matter what side of the Atlantic they hail from.

Interestingly,  I have read things that suggest Tupac was a contradiction to himself, conscious on one hand but everything that young black / Hispanic males are stereotyped as, like he lived up to what society expect from young males of this background. Personally, I feel his delivery of consciousness came from a certain place, his environment, and who he was skin deep and may always be seen as due to history. And if you don’t understand  or acknowledge that environment you won’t get his consciousness!  He was associated with the Black Panthers. His mother is a very strong woman and supported the human/civil rights movement in the USA. You can’t get more conscious than that. He was a voice for a certain demographic of people around the world facing oppression, only some understood it while others saw it as aggression. I’ll never forget him, his voice represents the thoughts and feelings my own son, who is just three may feel one day growing up in a harsh world.

Today I’m throwing back two of my favourite hits from this award winning, platinum selling actor, poet and yes rapper… “gangster rapper” if that’s what you want to label him as… whatever… using his own words “middle finger up! Only God can judge him.”

R.I.P Tupac

16th June 1971- 13th September 1996

Died age twenty five!!!

 

 

 

Keep ya’ Head Up: Love this song with its conscious words, I can’t help but two step dance!

 

I ain’t Mad at Ya: Video made just a week before his death… makes you wonder about his death.

 

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Throw Back Thursday, Who Remembers This One? Wow 1996!#spicegirls #throwbackthursday#girlpower @OfficialMelB @MelanieCmusic

I’m British and proud of it, these ladies were the first major girl group from the UK. I LOVED them back in the early 90s. ( I think as a grown woman in her thirties I kind-a still do 🙂 ). As a teenager just leaving school when this came out, they taught me about “girl power,” way before the likes of Destiny’s Child came along. This is my favourite Spice Girl song. A great mix of  British pop and R’nB from the 90s. The video is pretty cool too.

My favourite band members are Mel C Sporty Spice, she was the real voice, and attitude of the group. I also like M B’s outrageous style. Go Mel C and Mel B! Ladies dust off your 90’s dance moves, and get ready to sing out with the Spice Girls. This  Thursday I’m throwing it back with some old school girl power.

Throw Back Thursday! Who Remembers This One -1984?? #music #throwback

It’s Thursday. This week I’m throwing it back to the year after I was born. I was one year old this song came out. But I love my old school 50s-80s music.  I remember hearing this a lot at home growing up. I heard this song twice on the radio in one week, each time I sang, danced and felt good…. Let’s go back with Kool and The Gang! Get ready to boogie for a full four minutes.  She’s fresh, exciting … she’s so exciting to me…

Throwback Thursday, Who Remembers This One? @Sia #music #throwbackthursday

It’s Thursday! New followers you’ll soon see I love to throw it back musically on Thursdays. Music is a big part of my life. This week’s Throwback Thursday tune came to me last Saturday night. I was at home  in the late evening, just about to pick up my e-reader and escape. I tuned into a station I’ve not listened to for a long time, Radio 1 in the UK. They play a variety of music from hip hop, dance and  indie-pop. Sia came on, I said to myself ” I remember this song” I  turned it up and started to sing along. Sia is such a talented lady, who I think is so underrated!! She’s wrote so many of the big songs we hear on the radio. She has made stars like  Rhianna  a huge success. Not to mention her actual singing voice, amazing too. I never would have imagined such a voice could come out of her. A bit like Lady Gaga when she actually sings the woman can sing! No need for auto tune, Gaga.

This song here is the original of “little Man”, I read her Wiki page and learned she was in a jazz band in her early days.  Listening to the throwback tune it makes sense. This song here it reminds me of a jazzy Amy Winehouse, or I should say Amy may have been influenced by Sia back in the day, if you listen to Amy’s first album Frank you can see the relation between the two singers. I like the jazzy, soulful feel.

I’m throwing it back to about 2000 with some old school Sia, when we could see her face. Which I don’t think she should hide. I love the original and the remix UK Garage version too.  One of the UK’s well know underground DJ’s called Wookie remixed this tune. OMG the beat is so so so out of this world! I remember dancing in the clubs in my early twenties to the remixed dance version. Great nights! Some very tipsy nights too! Thanks Sia (and Wookie) for your great music, these lyrics highlight the relationship between a mother and son, I can relate. And the UK remix is such a great  tune to dance to :).

 

It’s A Man’s Man’s World… Why I love When Music Inspires Writing. #newrelease #amwriting #music

I ‘m up late tonight doing what us writers do! This song came on Jazz FM radio, here in London just now.  I felt so proud, this song was a writing prompt for Didi and I when we created one of the bonus stories, It’s A Man’s Man’s World, for The Suspenseful Collection Volume One. As soon as the dun dun duuunnnn! Kicked in on the beat, I did a wicked cackle of laughter, smiled and shook my head. When the song finished I headed straight to You Tube, to listen again to his voice.

What a song, what a legend he was… and what a story we have for you :).  Thank you for the inspiration Mr. Brown, your legacy lives on  fifty one whole years after you performed this! You inspired us in 2017.

Let’s go back to 1966 y’all! Give it up for James!

Blurb:

 

Contemporary Fiction: It’s A Man’s Man’s World:

A beautiful modern tale showing the love and appreciation of a woman. James Brown said it right when he said, “it’s a man’s man’s world, but it would mean nothing without a woman or a girl.”

Random: You’ve Gotta To Love Her! #music #inspiration #love #random

Okay so I did a throwback Thursday post with Beyonce. I LOVE THIS SONG!! YOU HAVE TO PLAY IT LOUD! The lyrics toward her husband ( Jay-Z)  are …. well, what made me look at Beyonce, a little differently. I guess I had a new level of respect for her, and her spunk.

You tell ’em B!

One of my favs on the Lemonade album, I listen to this track over and over the beat is sick, I love the rifts.  I love her style, the “Jackie Brown” 70’s retro with the fur coat  vs urban fashion with her braids, and those killer heels. Work it B!

Have a great day! I better get to work I am procrastinating.

Throwback Thursday!! #music #writerslife #throwbackthursday #oldskool

Goooooood Mornin’ to ya!

It’s a grey cloudy one in London. I’m sitting here about to crack on with the final touches on my first, of two published books this July. You know me by now right? The music is going, coffee is being made, I’m in the zone. This song came on the radio as I was in the kitchen waiting for the kettle to boil, giving it so much attitude as I sang along, doing my best Beyonce impression.  (Not a very good one, but plenty of attitude though).

This song came out in 1999… Woah  I was sixteen years old ! How old were you in 1999? Do you remember singing along to this song?

 It set me in a good mood to work. I like Beyonce’s work ethic too. Eighteen years she has been a successful woman since this first song came out. Inspirational being the same age too.

Music will always be my saviour in life! And what I write to.

#throwbackthursday