Master Class: Show ‘Em How To Do This, Sons! Music-Loving Dad Creates Classic LP Cover Remixes Starring His Sons

Classic Album Cover Remixes Created By a Music-Loving Dad, Starring His Adorable Sons

 Lance Underwood, father of two sons uses his tumblr page to share his remixed photoshopped versions of classic lp covers from across musical genres – Rock, Soul, R&B, Country, Jazz, Spoken Word, Comedy, Hip Hop – to amazing results.

Check the technique below:

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His kids also have a few of their own offerings – original music coupled with original visuals  – and there’s also examples of dad’s work for some other folks and the coffee table book he did compiling the work he and his little men have done together.

I don’t know if I’ve seen a better way to actively teach your kids about culture and the proper utilization of tech tools. He’s teaching history, technology and respect for icons and their creations while inspiring them to create their own art and showing them how.

If that’s not providing a living example tell me what is.

Please.

A lot of dads get a bad rap – sometimes deserved, sometimes not.  Nice to see one of the club getting recognized for providing knowledge, culture and Love as his son’s foundation for the future.

Salute, Lance Underwood & sons!

Master Class: Show ‘Em How To Do This, Sons! Music-Loving Dad Creates Classic LP Cover Remixes Starring His Sons

Classic Album Cover Remixes Created By a Music-Loving Dad, Starring His Adorable Sons

 Lance Underwood, father of two sons uses his tumblr page to share his remixed photoshopped versions of classic lp covers from across musical genres – Rock, Soul, R&B, Country, Jazz, Spoken Word, Comedy, Hip Hop – to amazing results.

Check the technique below:

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His kids also have a few of their own offerings – original music coupled with original visuals  – and there’s also examples of dad’s work for some other folks and the coffee table book he did compiling the work he and his little men have done together.

I don’t know if I’ve seen a better way to actively teach your kids about culture and the proper utilization of tech tools. He’s teaching history, technology and respect for icons and their creations while inspiring them to create their own art and showing them how.

If that’s not providing a living example tell me what is.

Please.

A lot of dads get a bad rap – sometimes deserved, sometimes not.  Nice to see one of the club getting recognized for providing knowledge, culture and Love as his son’s foundation for the future.

Salute, Lance Underwood & sons!

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Take heed Lunchbox dads and fathers of cute Internet dogs: classic album cover remixes starring your two adorable sons are the new thing. Dad Lance Underwood recreates famous album covers and casts his sons Taj and Amar in the roles of musicians such as Bob Dylan, Nat King Cole, Marvin Gaye, and more. Judging by the amount of old-school hip hop, jazz, funk, and soul on his Tumblr, we’d say that Underwood’s sons are getting a fine education in music history. See more of Underwood’s fun album cover remakes, starring his extremely photogenic kids, below.

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Master Class – Gil Scott-Heron “Pieces of A Man”

Gil-Scott-Heron-Pieces-of-a-ManThis song was another one that haunted me when I was a kid.

I knew it meant something.

Something deep, something real and resounding.

I knew it was powerful. I just didn’t know why.

The melody is beautiful. Musically it’s just a simple series of piano chords but when coupled with the lyrics it becomes an amazing piece of work.

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You can’t simply call Gil Scott-Heron a poet, or a singer or even the forefather of Rap: he’s all those things but his ability to capture and reflect the pain, the plight and inner turmoil of a people, of a time and to present it in a voice plainfully and not maliciously is the kind of artistic gift that still amazes more than 40 years after first emerging.

The anger and contempt are there but it doesn’t drip, it doesn’t burn; it doesn’t even singe. It pricks, it prods … it begs introspection and reflection

When I was a kid I knew I was listening to something heavy, but I didn’t know why.

But even then I saw the men in my life in the song, felt their struggles were being depicted in the words and played out before me … but I just didn’t know why.

I couldn’t put it into words because I didn’t have them yet. I hadn’t experienced “it” yet.

Life was young and so was I.

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Now that I’m grown and have children of my own, have experienced and continue to experience the rising and falling of life and what it means to be a man, a Black man in this world I more than understand.

Though inevitable, this living, this seeing, this understanding, it still saddens me.

The third verse, “I saw the thunder and heard the lightning!/And felt the burden of his shame/And for some unknown reason/He never turned my way”, so powerfully conveys the powerless feeling of letting your Loved ones, your family, your children down it makes me tear up.

I know that feeling.

I didn’t when I was a child, but as a man, knowing how hard you’re trying and how you can’t seem to get a good grip on life, that the things you want, that your family need are just beyond your grasp … that they seem to slip through your fingers like sand or water, leaving granules in their wake or wetness, their residue confirming that you actually held them – had them! – for a moment however long, however fleeting, is the kind of pain that confirms that you are alive.

I hate that feeling.

Not a lot has changed since Gil Scott made this song.

It makes me sad. But at least I understand the men that were and are in my world, now that I am one.

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I met him once – twice, really. The first time in the living room of one of the men of my life, chilling, smoking, talking with Kwame Toure’. After saying hello and nonchalantly walking through the living room I came back in – awestruck – to greet two men who weren’t yet really my heroes, but magnificent, majestic monoliths all the same.

He was as cool as the shade on a hot southern summer day. With an easy smile, easygoing manner and his gravelly voice he made me feel more at home in the place that I was staying – just passing through, really – than I had my entire freshman year, there in a place I felt anything but at home.

Years later I’d see him in passing, but I don’t really think he remembered me or the time we’d met and he gave an young aspiring artist some encouraging words.

It didn’t matter.

I remembered him. His words. His smile. His warmth.

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I’ve been listening to GIl Scott, to this album and this song in particular a lot lately. I guess I’m just trying to put the pieces (back?) together again.

“I saw him go to pieces …
He was always such a good man
… always such a strong man
Yeah, I saw him go to pieces
I saw him go to pieces

Thanks, Gil.

“Pieces Of A Man”

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Jagged jigsaw pieces
Tossed about the room
I saw my grandma sweeping
With her old straw broom
She didn’t know what she was doing
She could hardly understand
That she was really sweeping up..
Pieces of a man

I saw my daddy greet the mailman
And I heard the mailman say
“Now don’t you take this letter to heart now Jimmy
Cause they’ve laid off nine others today”
He didn’t know what he was saying
He could hardly understand
That he was only talking to
Pieces of a man

I saw the thunder and heard the lightning!
And felt the burden of his shame
And for some unknown reason
He never turned my way

Pieces of that letter
Were tossed about that room
And now I hear the sound of sirens
Come knifing through the gloom
They don’t know what they are doing
They could hardly understand
That they’re only arresting
Pieces of a man

I saw him go to pieces
I saw him go to pieces
He was always such a good man
He was always such a strong man
Yeah, I saw him go to pieces
I saw him go to pieces

Master Class: The Jackson 5, “Lookin’ Through The Window”

One of my favorite J5 joints … short, simple, melodic, crazy vocal performances by both young Mike and his brothers with the backgrounds.

That youthful exuberance and hope despite not knowing what love is about? The essence of Michael and The J5.

“Lookin’ through the windows, the window to your heart, oh baby, yeah
I can see it’s cloudy, the rain’s about to start
Lookin’ through the windows it seems I caused your fears, yeah, yeah, yeah
And that little doubt girl. and now it’s bringing tears …”

The Jackson 5 – “Lookin’ Through The Window”

Black Music Month/Commercial Wrap – Jay-Z Gives Samsung The Business

Get it straight: this has been a banner season for Jay-Z.

Remember, it all began with two moves the public – and the industry to an extent – wasn’t so sure about:

“Suit & Tie” with Justin Timberlake …

and the divestment of ownership in the NBA/Nets to set up the Roc Nation Sports shingle. He’s signed Skylar Diggins, Geno Smith, Victor Cruz (reportedly), Robinson Cano and in somewhat of a coup, NBA All Star baller Kevin Durant. 

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 He also has the tour set up with JT for the Summer.

In March, Universal Music Group did a deal two year to develop a music subscription service and app with – who else? – Samsung.

A month later Jay’s Roc Nation did a $150 milli deal with UMG & Live Nation to serve as the major label launchpad for his independent starship. Universal isn’t some middling record label trying to catch up in these digital times; they’re King Kong in this piece, the worlds largest and most dominant.

But this move with Samsung? The. Bumrush.

So this deal, a give-away of the album, Magna Carta Holy Grail available to a million Samsung subscribers, is good for all of Mr. Carter’s corporate partners, but it also gives Samsung some major cool cache to battle Apple (in their spots they regularly diss the iJuggernaut). What better way to get service branded and a presence than with a strategy that all but guarantees instant gravitas and delivers a million copies of the project from one of the most effective cultural connoisseurs to consumers directly?

That Jay is unleashing a multi-tentacled media plan shouldn’t be a surprise. It should in fact, be old hat by now: he makes moves.

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Brooklyn keeps on takin’ it.

But the fact that he has a three minute clip showing him hanging out-slash-working with some of the most influential sound sculptors over parts of the past four decades and                                   tumblr_moj5xdsoka1qhsk14o1_1280                                                         decides to drop an album out of nowhere is certifiably crazy and characteristically calculated and bold. He’ll probably win. Big.

It’s all probably a set-up for something even bigger.

But, this album from nowhere? The hints were there:

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Aubrey …

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and the Rat Pack Redux shot with JT, Nas & Timbo.

Hov managed to keep the album quiet by flying under the radar with an able assist from his lil’ bro Kanye, who, with the birth of his first baby and the release of his new album kept the spotlight squarely and blindingly on himself.

Talk about good lookin’ out.

Rick Rubin stretched out nappin’ on the couch is worth the budget by itself.

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Reportedly the deal is for $20 million with Jay having already received $5 milli just for delivering the project. Trust that Mr. Carter and his people checked with Billboard and Soundscan before making the deal: Jay has a record 11 #1 albums. Barring some unforeseen glitch, this should be his twelfth.

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He’s showing you how to do this, son. Take Notes.

Magna Carta Holy Grail is scheduled to be released on July 4th.

UPDATE: 2nd Jay-Z Samsung spot for Magna Carta Holy Grail

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Black Music Month: theGrio’s top 10 best male soul singers of the past 10 years

Not sure if I agree with Frank Ocean & Miguel being so high seeing that they’re relative newcomers but overall I ain’t mad …

Pictures of Prince Doing Normal Stuff

Nice Prince post-B’Earthday blog of His Royal Funky Purpleness doing normal stuff (Kinda. Sorta.). From the folks @ Flavorwire.com.

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Today, the artist formerly known as the Artist Formerly Known as Prince celebrates his 55th glorious year on this planet (just imagine how many times that cherry moon has spun around him). While he’s one of the beautiful ones — untouchable, seemingly extraterrestrial — the purple paisley god is, at times, just like the rest of us (only more fabulous, and with a penchant for wearing frilly shirts). To celebrate his time with us, we’ve curated a gallery of Prince doing everyday activities — bike-riding, sports-watching, Batman-loving — with his trademark purple-hued flair. 

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