Thank you to Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, and Michael Jackson.
They were my introduction to Black people doing Rock…they are why i love to hear artists branch out into different genres. They led me to Lenny, Prince, and Jimi.
This is me. I'm inquisitive and unconventional without trying to be a rebel. Perpetual anger is a bore and I think sarcasm is weak. Here's the best summation of what you'll get here:
We won't always agree. I only require one thing: Be real with yourself for a second.
I don't follow back unless i love the blog
TODAY I AM IN LOVE WITH: ...
because i’m absolutely sick of y’all. do you have any clue how many stars have died from overdoses? Whitney is the only one constantly being mocked about it. her official cause of death is accidental drowning…
and yes, Kurt Cobain shot himself, but he was full of heroine at the time.
so you know what? i’m not writing a whole eloquent post about this. i’m not even going to take the time to think about what i want to say. suffice it to say, fuck all of you.
SAMMY DAVIS JR.’s 60th Anniversary Celebration (long version, 1:38)
Sammy would die 6 months later.
Host: Eddie Murphy
Whitney Houston - 6:19
Gregory Hines - 35:00 (SDJ joins him around the 41 minute mark)
Anita Baker - 53:25
Stevie Wonder - 55:54
Diahann Carroll, Nell Carter, Dionne Warwick, Debbie Allen - 1:01:22
Michael Jackson - 1:32:20
Ella Fitzgerald (led out by Eddie Murphy and Michael Jackson…like…) - 1:35:26
You should really watch the video showing a brief history of SDJ’s story as a performer starting at 12:19
Full list of guests (from youtube) Whitney Houston, Clint Eastwood, Goldie Hawn, Mike Tyson, Bill Cosby, Gregory Hines, Richard Pryor, Gregory Peck, Anita Baker, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Diahann Carroll, Nell Carter, Dionne Warwick, Debbie Allen, Lola Falana, Bob Hope, Jack Benny (sketch), Milton Berle (sketch), Frank Sinatra, Tony Danca, Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine, Michael Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald…
Aaliyah - 2001 - plane crash at 22
Left Eye - 2002 - car crash at 30
Luther Vandross - 2005 - heart attack at 53
Gerald Levert - 2006 - accidental drug overdose at 40
Michael Jackson - 2009 - homicide (doctor fed a drug addiction) at 50
Heavy D - 2011 - Pulmonary Embolism (a blood clot in the lungs) at 44
Whitney Houston - 2012 - drowning (drug use and drug use-related coronary disease led to accidental drowning) at 48
These people were who made me love music as a child or who were important to the people around me. They all shaped what music should sound like for me. How dance should look and feel, how a true vocalist should sound and feel, how emotions should be stirred, what a verse should sound like, how i should be able to print your verse and read it like a book and get something from it. They’re all dead and only one made it past 50. My childhood is fucking gone and way too damn soon…and I feel some type of way about that.