“While the name Frankie Knuckles may not mean much to some people, it means a whole lot more to a multitude of others around the world. He was a DJ, music producer/remixer, Grammy Award-winner and house music pioneer, but more than that, he was a genuinely nice man and it is not every day that you meet a man like him.
He did not simply play records; he was an evangelist, preaching the virtues of house music to the assembled masses from his DJ console pulpit. He was the DJ that other DJs aspired to be; a man with hits such as Your Love and Tears, who helped to make house music the dominant music of his time.
We first met in the Nineties, in Ibiza I think, at a time when the house music scene was once again in its ascendancy. He was the “Godfather of House”, the man who had worked with the pop royalty that is Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson. Yet he was extrememly down to earth; there was no Don Corleone-style presence, no big entourage, just Frankie Knuckles.
And over the years nothing really changed. No matter where we saw each other, whether it was in Ibiza or a fleeting meeting at the Winter Music Conference in Miami, Frankie always greeted you with a big smile. And his infectiously warm demeanour spread to everyone he met or was listening to his music.” -personal tribute from
This is one of my favorite rap songs of all time. Another Favorite is Big Jaz and Jay-Z The Originators.
Hip Hop is a apart of my life because in this song it is so catchy because they are describing a detrimental situation.
I don’t snitch…Listen for yourself.
If you are not paying attention you think they are just bigging up their crew DUCKDOWN.
However, it is an open opportunity for a certain act of…
Love the vocals in the background that are easily missed until you analyze the vocal pattern in the background.
Change is the move, but as we know the most clever MC’s do not always get Grammy nominations and open invitations to the MTV Awards if they keep it street. This song is one of the reasons I am ***messymandella***
I give men a hard time, but I know we are worth more than what we are given the world. Tough love, makes tough little boys become tough men that take care of their family,community and a pass on a positive legacy. Hip Hop is all some young men think they have, at all cost never replace loyalty over money. The money will come, if they remember the women are not their enemies and also have a mind and opinion that is worth more than Gold.
The drug epidemic broke us completely down, and even if everyone stopped slinging crack now the damage has caused prisons to be flooded, and caskets to be lowered.
Dreams were deterred and the families lost daddy, and the family structure to the game.
Now, we can attempt to bring our communities back, but the force and the poison tested on us will not go away, and once again it was not administered by us,but we suffer.
Who wanted to ruin our society?
In 1984 Government officials could not segregate us legally.
They used the crack epidemic to segregate us chemically and mentally,and their mission was a success.
Can the black families comprehend that it is not weak to be home with their babies.
I guess it us easier said than done. In our culture people can be together for 8 years with no wedding in site. Meaning they are unconsiously not committed to their loved one.
When it is so easy to walk away, our children receive less. Don’t stay JUST BECAUSE OF THE CHILDREN. However,If you look into our history after the Crack Epidemic moms and dad’s were pitted against each other.
In some instances the boyfriend supplied the girlfriend or wife with the crack.
Our sons took note and realized that any reason to leave, is better than any reason to stay.
The fathers that sacrificed for their seeds, are raising grateful children that admire their effort and unconditional love.
Check out the statistics on our men,and how many are currently incarcerated that never had fathers in their life.
Some are currently in prison with their fathers.I understand that some of these men want better when they are released, their felony records will not get them a salary and a 401 K. The Crack Epidemic instrumented in the death of the black families.
That is another generation of boys watching and learning from the downfall of the 80’s and they are being borned 5 years later. We marched in the 60’s and 70’s and our people had a sense of pride.
We must bring unity and respect back to our culture.
It is embarrassing when men and women with no means of support have 13 children that they can not take care of, and the babies are loosing in the progress.
Dad and mom need to stand together and motivate our children to be better. This video is from 1994, and look around and tell me how far we have truly come?