Long Live The Kane : Big Daddy Kane

Hip Hop originated in particularly the 1970’s in New York City. Credit for the birthplace of hip hop belongs to specifically the Bronx. Hip Hop is simply a culture and a way of life. It began where one of the elements of the genre, called DJ’s, would host parties in the parks and on their […]

Motown The Musical

On April 14, 2013 Motown The Musical officially opened up on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. (Playbill)  Motown The Musical is adapted from the book To Be Loved written by music mogul and founder of Motown, Berry Gordy. Both the book and broadway musical document the inspirational life of legend Berry Gordy from his time […]

Give Up The Funk

                         Funk is “attitude, pocket, memories, expression, pulse, LIFE.” (Funk A Documentary) Funk music as defined by Merriam-Webster is “music that combines elements of rhythm and blues and soul music and that is characterized by a percussive vocal style, static harmonies, and a strong bass […]


Quincy Jones is extremely important to me as he is the creator of some of the most important music in my life. Quincy Jones was the producer of my top two favorite albums of all time, Michael Jackson’s’ “Off the Wall” and “Thriller” and he is responsible for some of the music in my favorite […]

Classical Post

Although Classical describes a preiod of time in music in which artists like Motzart performed, it is usually used to describe music that isn’t traditional like jazz, funk or rock. However  “Classical Music” is serious or conventinal music with long established principals where the symphany, concerto, etude,and opera were formed. Classical “spans over a hundred […]

George Walker

George Walker is simply a man of firsts. Born on June 27, 1922, In Washington DC, Walker started playing piano at age 5. Walker went on to graduate Oberlin College in Ohio and then went on to attend the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Here he began his track record of frats by […]

Call It Stormy Monday – The Blues

Despite the love for music that my family has my personal knowledge of the blues goes back to the movie Cadillac Records. The movie follows the story of Chess Records in Chicago Illinois and its prominent artists Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Little Walter, Chuck Berry, and Etta James. While seemingly truthful needless to say my […]

Heart Break on a Full Moon Tour – Chris Brown

On July 18, 2018 I had the pleasure of seeing my favorite artist, Chris Brown, perform at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey. Brown was performing on his Heartbreak on a Full Moon Tour which followed his eighth studio album of the same name. This particular tour featured not only Brown; but Rich The […]

“Let’s Play A Rag”

During the slowing down of the Jubilee Quartet era came the transition into Ragtime. It is known that before it had a specific name Ragtime “was already in existence.” (African American Music 97) In the 1890’s it was used to describe a style of performance and was commonly defined as having “African American roots.”(African American […]

Jubilee Quartets

Out of the Spiritual/Folk movement and subsequently the “African American University Singing Movement” (African American Music) the Quartet Movement was born. It was “originated in the mid-1800’s as an outgrowth of the previous two movements. These groups were were often male and “developed a unique style of singing.” (African American Music) In European tradition it […]

Negro Spirituals

Who? What ? Why? “A Spiritual is a type of religious folksong that is most closely associated with the enslavement of African people in the American South.” (Library of Congress) They are thought to be “original or divinely inspired” saying that “they’d be sung at one point in the day and then that note carried on into […]

Music Timeline

1980: Kurtis Blow – The Breaks Composed by Kurtis Blow, Robert Ford Jr. James B. Moore, Russell Simmons, and Larry Moore. Hip Hop is a huge part of who I am and my household and “The Breaks” was the first hip-hop hit on a major label, Mercury Records. This was the beginning of making Hip […]

Niya Ray Introduction

My name is Niya Ray. I am a sophomore political science major from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While in school I am studying political science on a pre law track as I plan to be a future attorney. I want to be an attorney in the prosecutors office eventually work my way up through to congress. I […]