Tuesday, March 31, 2009

"STAY" with Brian Conley!!!

With all of the talk about Steve Harvey's new book, people have definitely overlooked the up-and-coming authors that traverse these same United States. One that comes to mind is my childhood friend by the name of Brian C. Conley. Brian, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana has been writing since he was a kid and over the years has perfected his craft. His latest masterpiece is entitled "Stay". 


“I thought you said this was a love story.”
“No, I said it was a story about love. There’s a difference.”
For most of his life, Anthony Bryant has been able to elude any kind of emotional attachments with the deftness of a running back avoiding tackle. But when he meets Natalie, the alluring friend of the woman he is currently seeing, it’s a struggle to resist the magnetic pull she has on him. She’s sexy, funny, and shares his love ’em and leave ’em philosophy. She also brings about feelings in him he hasn’t known since he was a child when jealousy, betrayal, insanity, and murder tore his family apart. Will Anthony be able to overcome his long-buried demons and experience love for the first time in his life or will it destroy him the way he has seen it happen to loved ones before?

Told in Anthony’s words to the new woman in his life, follow the story of a young man trying to do what few men attempt: To explain to his woman why he is the way he is.

Brian's novel is available at amazon, target and other major bookstores. Please support Brian in his endeavor to provide great reading material. Brian is currently working on several other novels including one that will be a tag-team effort with me, J-Finesse!!!


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Connect - 808's & Bette Midler

You love him...sometimes.  You hate...sometimes.  But no matter what, you're usually talking about him, and that makes him a very happy man.  I'm talking about THE Musical Genius, Kanye West.  Since we all know that 'Ye loves to use samples, I thought he'd be the perfect choice for this week's column.  Today we take a look at "College Dropout."  

All Falls Down


Lauryn Hill - "Mystery Of Iniquity"


Marvin Gaye - "Distant Lover"

Never Let You Down

Blackjack - "Maybe It's The Power Of Love"

Slow Jamz

Luther Vandross - "A House Is Not A Home"

School Spirit (Instrumental)

Aretha Franklin - "Spirit In The Dark"

Last Call

Bette Midler - "Mr. Rockefeller"

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Connect - Primo Hov

We've all been put into a trance by the hypnotic masterpieces created by DJ Premiere. The first thing out of your mouth is usually, "Damn that was dope." The second thing is usually, "Where did he get that sample?" Well gosh darn it, that's where I come in. But this week, we're gonna make it a little more special. This week we're looking at beats that Primo concocted for Jay-Z. Ahh yeah, I can see your head nodding already. On to the records.



Allen Toussaint - "Go Back Home"

Friend Or Foe


Wood, Brass & Steel - "Hey What's That You Say"

So Ghetto


Ennio Morricone - "Sporca Ma Distinto"
Steve Cropper -
"Crop Dustin"

A Million and One Questions (Remix)

Dorothy Ashby - "Cause I Need It"
Latimore -
"Let Me Go"
The Main Ingredient -
"Car Of Love"

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Connect - The Debut

One of the more creative aspects of music is reinvention.  A skilled artisan can take something old, an eight bar loop, and turn it into something new to be loved by a different audience.  The last part of that statement is an interesting one.  How many times have we heard a song and went "What a great sample.  Who is that?"  Only, the answer is usually a shoulder shrug and an "I don't know."  That's a shame.  Here at THE MUSIQUARIUM, we're trying to bridge that gap.  So every week, I'm going to highlight a few old school artists whose music yo've probably heard time and time again, but just couldn't put a name to the beat.  Hope you enjoy.

The Nite Liters - Damn

Sampled By:
Dr. Dre’s “Lyrical Gangbang”

Debarge - Stay With Me

Sampled By:

Ashanti’s “Foolish”
Big L’s “MVP”
Funkmaster Flex’s “Safe Sex, No Freaks”
Musiq Soulchild’s “Ifiwouldaknew”
Notorious BIG’s “One More Chance”

Ohio Players - Exstasy

Sampled By:

A Tribe Called Quest’s “Scenario”
Jay-Z ft Notorious BIG’s “Brooklyn's Finest”

Minnie Riperton - Baby, This Love I Have

Sampled By:

A Tribe Called Quest’s “Check the Rhyme”
Black Star’s “KOS Determination”
Pete Rock’s “Play Dis Only at Night”
Soul IV Real’s “Candy Rain”
Xzibit’s “Rimz and Tirez”

The JB's - Pass The Peas

Eric B and Rakim’s “I Ain't No Joke”
Eric B and Rakim’s “Move the Crowd”
Souls of Mischief’s “What a Way to Go Out”
Stop the Violence Movement’s “Self-Destruction”