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Watch: Diana Ross “Ninety-Nine and a Half”

Look at Diana Ross hollering for the Lord!

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I love Diana Ross.

She has hits on hits and I love her singing tone, but she ain’t no sanger and that’s fine! Janet isn’t either and she’s the most-played artist in my collection. I have heard many things about Diana Ross in my years on this Earth and read many more from before I was born, but nobody ever accused her of having any sort of volume in her little body.

So color me surprised stumbling upon that lil bird lady belting her lungs out for Jesus with Little Richard back in 1987!

Clearly, I need to find this entire production because I need to know why Diana Ross is pretending to be 16 and 76 in the same clip. It’s from her TV special from 1987 to promote her album Red Hot Rhythm and Blues but I haven’t found the whole program yet (here’s Part 2, I’ll dig some more later).

What I didn’t realize was just how big Diana Ross was. She had a whole TV special to promote this album, but when you look for it, you find her 1981 special for CBS. And her 1971 special. Diana Ross was like “hey I wanna do a special” and TV networks were like “sure!” over and over. There’s really nobody to compare that to in today’s entertainment climate other than Beyonce, which is absolutely fitting seeing as how they both rose to fame as the lead singer of a girl group and then catapulted to iconic legend status afterward.

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Now I have some homework to do and a Youtube hole down which to descend.

 

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Watch: Megan Thee Stallion “Thot Shit”

Who is doing it like Megan?

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Music videos don’t surprise me anymore…but Megan just surprised me. The Nightmare on Elm Street throwback? These costumes? The political commentary? Cheyenne Escada from Legendary making a cameo?
 
And Megan’s flow is just so smooth. Who is doing it like her?
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90s R&B Girl Groups Playlist

Every song I like from every R&B girl group of the 90s.

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The Xscape / SWV Verzuz prompted me to make a playlist of all the songs I like from R&B girl groups of the 90s. It’s in chronological order, so it’s a good progression of sounds and trends, from En Vogue “Hold On” to En Vogue “Riddle”

If your jam is missing, it might not be on Spotify (Pure Soul “We Must Be In Love” Brownstone “5 Miles to Empty” etc.) but lemme know if I skipped some groups!

(Also, I think I might expand into the 2000s a bit? Cherish and ISYSS and groups like that fit right in, and I want more Destiny’s Child.)

((AlsoAlso, the Spotify embed stops at 100 songs, but there are over twice that many on it. It’s an extensive overview!))

 

 

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Ultimate Christmas Party

Bops ONLY! No ballads!

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I love Christmas music!

No sarcasm either. I worked retail for the better part of a decade and it didn’t make me hate holiday season at all — but it gave me a lot of Christmas Bops! The thing that I don’t like about most Christmas playlists is when you’re at a party and you have a good vibe going and then somebody’s overly ad-libbed version of “Silent Night” or “O Come Emmanuel” comes on and drags the mood down.

So this is a Christmas Party Playlist — bops only, no ballads. I tried to group the songs together by genre so you could skip a section if that’s not your sound, but it roughly goes from Gospel to R&B to Pop to Rock to Country and I feel like you should just put it on shuffle for your Ugly Christmas Party and have a ball.

And! For the heathens who like some secular music sprinkled in, there’s a Deluxe version that has a non-holiday bop for every Christmas song.

Happy Holidays!

(For those who are asking, I didn’t make a Christmas Wishlist this year because I’ll be moving in a few months and I don’t need anything until we see what our space is like. Send good vibes and do something nice for somebody!)

 

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