The Jambayala Tour 


It’s 11:00 and I am just now rolling out of bed. I’m not a bum and I don’t have a hangover. I woke up in need of a B12 drip with the lyrics of Twentylemhunnidmillion in my head. “ Ain’t no mo free, ain’t no mo free. I paid that fee.” My favorite part of this song is the bridge though. “How many times did I do you dirty but you never left me? Every time I messed around. How many times you should’ve left me but you the only one who gets me and you never let me down? How many times I made the wrong choice and ignored you but you never ever took my crown?”

Earlier this week my 23 yr old daughter came in hype and told me one of her favorite rappers would be in Dallas on Friday. “What you gotta do Friday? Aha Gazelle will be here.” All I knew was that’s the dude who raps, sings, and produces his own music. His singing voice reminded me of Bryson Tiller and his flow and energy is something I’ve never heard.

All week we vibed to all of the mixtapes. My favorites were Trilliam 1 &2. We had the soundbar speakers falling off of the cabinet. In the car we had our heads bobbing waiting on 7/7/17 to arrive. That afternoon we shopped for our fits got cute and waited for 7:30 to arrive. The Prophet Bar had a small gathering when we arrived. We checked each other out so we could see what kinda vibe would fill the club.

We waited a long time but don’t trip, it was worth it. As soon as we found a table my daughter grabbed her T-shirt which sold like hotcakes.There were a lot of fun and high energy opening acts to fill the time. Just when we couldn’t wait any longer this tall, overwhelming, man comes out and The Aha Show dropped. Aha grooved his way out on the stage and gave us that smile. He had us from jump! Folks started coming in from out in the lobby and rushed the floor. There were so many standout parts of this MOVIE!

All White Party was so lit and the crowd rocked back and forth. We helped him out on the high notes. My daughter had given me the background on this song so I knew it had greater meaning. Y’all can look that up on your own time. When the beat dropped on Supreme he made a face like okay it’s time for me to stunt a little. My favorite lyrics are, “Im feeling supreme, I know they mad at me.They told me not to mention God or say that I believe. They placing limitations tryna tell me what to be. They must forgot I’m from the same place as Master P.”

He stopped to talk to us a little and let us know he was single. Also to give the guys some game to holla at the nearest cutie. Glow Girl is where he speaks directly to the women and let’s us know how special we are and how we should shine and be confident. I fell in love with him again here. He again flashed that smile at the end and then it was party time.

Elevator, All Gold Party and Momma’s House feat Fiji turned everything way the heck up. I’m so glad Aha reminded us to be ourselves. I don’t know what everyone else was doing but my daughter and I were having a PARTY! We went through a bottle of water and a Sprite. Her aha. shirt was soaked. Then my absolute favorite joint dropped. Keep it in the Family. That one just makes me feel good and the whole crowed danced together. We all had the arm in the air on “Shoot my shot like Jordan.”

There were a few disappointments. You know how it is when you just want a few more of your personal faves? They had to end the show to start the meet & greet. So while I sit and write this review I am blasting Carpool, Unbothered and The Price is Always Right. It’s cool though because I’m a new fan and I plan to rep Dallas anytime Aha is in town.

There seems to be some controversy about what this kind of music is called. Is it hip hop? Rap? Is it Christian Hip Hop? Should we be twerking or jumping up and down? For me this is music that makes me feel good. The lyrical content contains bars that make you think and want to learn more. The party music is fun and energizing and you are literally worshipping. This music doesn’t need a box or a title. It’s Aha.

Bruno Mars: 24K Magic 

If you have not heard the not so new Bruno Mars album that came out November 16, 2016 where the hell have you been? My children were here in Dallas during the holidays and when I heard the first release 24K Magic I was hooked. It’s not as if Bruno has ever disappointed us, EVER! Doo Wops & Hooligans was a great body of work. Big Hits were Just the Way You Are and Grenade. His second album, Unorthodox Jukebox, gave us Locked out of Heaven and If I Was Your Man. He also provided vocals on Uptown Funk a mega hit and karaoke night classic. This album is no different. 

24K Magic is the songs lead track and album title. The beginning of the track will take you back to Roger & Zapp if your old enough or Teddy Riley and Guy… Still too young I can’t help you. Ask your mom and dad.My favorite lyric is Ima dangerous man with some money in my pocket, keep up, so many pretty girls around me and they waking up the rocket. This song is fun, cool, and will get any party started. 


Calling All My Lovelies
is so much fun. The harmonies blend like the spices in a New Orleans Gumbo. Mars makes me laugh by telling us he has all the Isha’s waiting on him. The track is smooth and has a space aged vibe. The high note is beautiful and effortless.  

Finesse is another A1 hit. The track reminds you of the New Jack Swing days when we all wore overalls and airbrushed shirts. It also has that BBD feel. I promise I am 16 again and grooving at a teen club. Thank you Sir Mars. 

Versace on the Floor starts so slow and pretty; what a love song. Then he starts digging in about getting busy. This one sounds like something Michael Jackson would have killed. For me it’s Target panties on the floor but hey we all have to live within our means. 


Straight Up & Down
is a mid tempo hit that makes me wanna ride to the drive in with my man with the sunroof open and a nice breeze. The background vocals on the song again are 3 part harmonies that make you think a barbershop quartet is backing him. This is another one that brings me back to the 90s. A real groove that showcases the music and his voice. It has a hip hop break down that will have everyone doing the wop. My favorite lyric on this one is fellas grab yo lady if yo lady fine. Makes me think if she is ugly walk away from her.  

Perm is a fast track that reminds me of a James Brown cut. His energy is off the hook. When that JB bass line comes in you can’t help but move your body. My favorite lyric is Don’t be stingy with your big ole butt. Cause I can’t stand stingy big booty people. This is another fun one that tells you to get your attitude together by throwing some perm on that mess. Bruno knows all about activating that perm because he has a relaxer most times. Activate your attitude like that perm activates those naps in your head. I agree Mr. Mars. 

Chunky is another fun upbeat joint. As soon as it comes on I am snapping and moving back and forth. Shaking my thang or lack thereof. Even though it’s a fun song he sings the crap on the hook and uses those pipes to hit a stellar high note. The ad libs or licks as vocalist call them on this are perfection. I could only wish all artists would sing the mess out of a party song. This only happens with a Bruno hit.

Too Good to say Goodbye feels like an ode to my hometown native Babyface. So to find out he worked on this song was no surprise. I can see him sitting on a stool wearing all black with one pin curl in the front of his hair. On the first verse even his inflection on I pray it’s never too late is vintage Kenneth Edmonds. The track is captivating and draws you in throughout the song. It also reminds me of the New Edition sound.

That’s What I Like is my absolute favorite on the project. This one is upbeat and one to snap too. He is telling the girl that everything he provides her with are things that he likes.This one also is a throwback 90s with the lyrics I will never make a promise that I can’t keep. Again those ad libs, Lawd Have Mercy. 

This album is pure perfection. Not since Usher’s Confessions album in 2004 have I heard a solid R&B/Pop album. Why did it take me so long to do the album review? I have been listening to this album non stop for a month and it deserves one. From December to January I only listened to 24K but then I started listening to the full album and couldn’t stop. Again the only full album I have listened to and never skipped any cuts was Confessions. It has been 13 years since we’ve had music this good! We have Peter Gene Hernandez to thank.  

This came right on time. I’m celebrating my 40th bday in a month and the party has a 90’s theme. I am all things 90’s, the shows, the music and the clothes. My DJ already knows 24K Magic will be on top of the crates.  I already have my tickets for the 24K Magic Tour October 27,2017. 

  

I Just Hit My Rhythm Boy: Tempo Tour 2016

Last weekend my daughter invited me to a Christian Hip Hop concert. I didn’t know what to expect, it was my first time. I had heard one of the artists because my daughter blasts his music on every car ride. I tease her that people probably think she is a thug since the music sounds like heavy rap even tho it’s Christian.

We arrived at The Ridglea Theatre in Ft. Worth before the doors opened and waited in line 20 minutes. Once the concert started the place filled up fast. The opener was Joseph Solomon  a guitarist who not only sang gospel but also blessed us with a poem. He had a calming tenor and was very funny.  We waited in anticipation for the next act.

The next act was Tauren Wells. He was like a gospel Pitbull. He had high energy, stage presence and got the crowd pumped. He sang, rapped and danced. He was  very charismatic and did a mini sermon on the goodness of God.

Then there was a brief intermission then the screen came on with positive words and lyrics . The spotlight came on, the floor vibrated and we yelled. Kevin Burgess the headliner stood on a table wearing camo pants and a hoodie, hair wild and free. We yelled and my daughter screamed louder than anyone in the crowd. The beat dropped and then “I just hit my rhythm boy, this is not your tempo boy.”  The energy that filled that theatre was so powerful. Every hand was in the air. I can’t remember the last time I jumped at a concert; maybe The 1998 No Way Out Tour.

KB introduced himself and welcomed us. He gave us the instructions. ” Turn Up!” He then went into exhilarating performances of “Sideways”, “Church Clap”, “100” and ” Undefeated”. As I was dancing I felt the sweat running down my back. I grabbed a bottle of water. Then as Kevin slowed things down there was a disruption in the crowd. A lady with diabetes was hurt and ill. The music stopped and the lights came on.

KB began to pray. We were told to move so paramedics could get through. People scrambled to find candy for the sister to bring her blood sugar up. Then all over the theatre people began to pray. A young man began to pray. Amen. Then a young woman. Amen. The lady was able to get up and walk on her own and was taken out on a stretcher.

When the music resumed he went into “Oceans (Crowns & Thorns)”. Then Kevin talked to us about his struggle with losing a friend. We all worshipped to “Save  Me ” and “Drowning”. The lyrics and passion in his deliverytouched my soul. He closed the show with a fun chant of “Nah Nah Nah Nah, Hey Hey Hey goodbye.”  We waited and didn’t move a muscle. We started the cadence “One more song, One more song.”

He ran back out and jumped in the air. He swung his hoodie and when it hit the ground we lost it. He went right into “Ima Just Do It.” My daughter moved me out of her way, found her own row and got crunk for Jesus. She danced and gave all of her praise to God. Folks in the crowd even started recording her! It was powerful watching this child worship. A child who overcame cancer, poverty, seeing domestic violence, and having me as a mother. Lol.

I’ve attended great concerts from Janet Jackson, to Diddy and Kanye West. But concert was by far the livest. I enjoyed spending time with my oldest kiddo. I’ve been blasting KB all day today and Tauren and Joseph have a new fan. Today I am completely beat down tired. KB is right this is not my tempo.I’m a bit slow…and old.