5 Observations From The MTV Video Music Awards 


Kinfolk I know I’m a day late and a dollar short, but you’ll deal! MTV’s Video Music Awards show has come and gone so I’m here to give you my top 5 Observations(I have more but won’t keep you too long) from the VMA’s

1. This Was The Blackest VMA’s I Have Seen

I guess MTV decided they wanted to take a page out of BET’s book and prove that #BlackLivesDoMatter. This had to the most black faces I have seen at VMA’s in years. From the red carpet corespondents to the host to the performers. Let’s talk about the hosts for one second. Key & Peele are funny on their show on Comedy Central show, or not! But I could have gone my whole life without them as hosts. Their jokes were corny, tired, and lame. They looked completely out of place DO BETTER MTV!

2. Rihanna VS MTV’s Shady Grove

Rihanna was honored with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at this year’s ceremony. Based upon videos ALONE she is worthy of this honor, but anything else(vocals, choreography, stage presence) and you’re pushing it. So if you’ve watched the VMA’s before then you know the honoree is given the task of performing some of the songs that made them an honoree. For some reason MTV divided this up into three segment that were scattered throughout the show(I’m guessing this was done so RiRi could catch her breath and save her vocals) At any rate RiRi came out for her first segements and did the best she could. She and that microphone aren’t kin, and that was clear by the fact that she kept moving the mic when she was supposed to be singing . The three segment in theory was a good idea until Queen Beyoncé came out and performed the ‘Formation World Tour’ smack dab in the middle of show! MTV y’all petty as f*ck for doing RiRi like that! Y’all know good and hell well she nor anybody(Britney Spears) could follow her. Needless to say Rihanna tried to give y’all her good vocals and “a run” that she had been rationing out  in each segment and it was again the best she could do. I said it once and I’ll say it again MTV is PETTY and AIN’T SHIT for doing her like that! 

3. Teyana Taylor’s Body Is TOGETHER!

So…MTV gave Kanye West-Kardashian 4 minutes to do whatever he wanted to do on stage *side-eye* Now this could have gone very good or very bad. Black people and Taylor Swift(who was noticeably absent from this year’s awards) were sitting on the edge of their seats bracing for what Mr. Kardashian was going to say. Lucky for us he rambled a bit and premiered his new video ‘Fade’ starring Teyana Taylor. In the past I used to give Teyana shit because I didn’t know what she was famous for, but her debut album silenced me because it was amazing! Teyana showed up on the screen in all her GLAWRY! HER BODY IS TOGETHER! DO YOU HEAR ME! TO-GETHER! It also looks natural too! Teyana gave us Let’s Get Physical-Bo-Flex-Thigh Master-Body By Jake-Hip Hop Abs Realness! LA Fitness you have Teyana to thank for the spike in membership! Women and men far and wide ran to the gym on Monday morning to sign up! Hopefully Teyana has music to drop with all the hoopla surrounding this video. 

4. What Happened To Dat Girl(Britney Spears)!?!

MTV pegged Britney Spears performance as her return to glory on the VMA stage. THAT WAS A LIE! No glory to be found here and life ain’t been no crystal stair for Britney Jean either. She came out did half ass choreography and her best impression of a mime. I love Britney, Lord knows I do, but she is LAZY! I guess that’s okay because she has solidified her spot in music history. But I would rather her not perform at all if it’s going to be lazy! Honestly speaking there was really nothing she could have done to save her performance after ‘The Formation Tour’ came through. Britney Jean Do BETTER or retire!

5. That One Time ‘The Formation Tour’ Came to MTV 

So…As I stated previously MTV erected a shady grove over Rihanna’s MJ Video Vanguard Award Honor when they asked Queen Beyoncé to perform, but hey sucks for her! I am ALWAYS HERE for a Beyoncé performance as I am diamond lifetime financial member of the BeyHive(judge me I give no f*cks). Bey always manages to up the ante where her performances are concerned and this night was no different. The opening montage honoring black men slain by the at the hands of  crooked cops was absolutely breathtaking! F*ck You Rudy Guiliani! Beyoncé has 1 job, and that is TO SLAY! She did exactly that, running through an abridged version of ‘The Formation Tour’ with sprinkles of new choreography and new wardrobe. At any rate I was COMPLETELY and UTTERLY WOWED! I’ll be sliding my coins to The Queen for a third go round on Septemeber 26th at Phillips Arena in Atlanta, GA. I don’t give one single solitary f*ck  about all the Beyoncé haters and naysayers with all your “Didn’t you see it already?,” “That’s too much money!,” “She does the same show every concert!” All of y’all can join hands and kiss my ass because I’m going and she will always get my coins! She will always be BETTER than your fav! Because your fav’s could never! 

Welp there you have it kinfolks! Whut say you?

Throwback Tuesday: Sitting Home-Total[VIDEO]


Kinfolk! The Throwback Tuesday song is Sitting Home by Total. The song comes from their second album ‘Kima, Kiesha& Pam’ released in 1998. This was one my favorite songs from that album although the album had many other gems that went overlooked due to the lack of promotion.

I am looking forward to seeing my favorite Bad Girls together on stage Sept 8 at Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia for the Bad Boy Reunion Tour. Until then I’ll watch the video.

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Say Whut Nah!?!:Broadway Dancer Marcus Bellamy Beats Boyfriend To Death And Confesses It On Facebook: ‘I Did It For Love’


Kinfolk! What The Entire Hell!?!

So I’m scrolling my timeline this morning upon waking up and I see a  disturbing story on the NY Daily News about Broadway dancer Marcus Bellamy. Now I used to follow Marcus’s YouTube channel(Walking Waters) a long time ago, but haven’t in many years. 

Apparently he beat and strangled his boyfriend and then posted the following status on Facebook:


via NY Daily News:

“Forgive me,” the 32-year-old wrote Friday after beating and strangling his partner, Bernardo Almonte, to death. “I did it for love. I did it because I love you. He told me love and hate are the same emotion.”

Bellamy is now facing murder and manslaughter charges for killing the 27-year-old freelance IT technician.
“I am God,” he wrote on his Facebook page, which is rife with Scripture verses, as well as pictures of himself shirtless and striking different dance moves. “I give life and can take it away.”
A law enforcement source said Bellamy strangled his lover as they brawled inside the W. 174th St. home in Morris Heights. Police said Almonte was found in the fifth-floor apartment face down, bleeding from a blow to the head.
Bellamy bit both of Almonte’s shoulders during the fatal fight, cops said, though it was not disclosed what they were arguing over.
Then — apparently after posting his confession — he left the apartment and divulged to a neighbor he had just killed his roommate. The neighbor called police, who arrested Bellamy at the scene.

Even before cops arrived, the alleged killer, standing on the sidewalk, raised his hands in the air and stared at the sky, a witness said.

“The way he was standing outside, he looked like he was praying,” said Lisa Turner, 51.
Bellamy identified Almonte as his partner, but refused to say anything more, police sources said.
He was taken to Lincoln Hospital Saturday evening after complaining of chest pains, a source said. His arraignment was pending.
Police said that Bellamy has been arrested four times stretching back to 2007, but not for anything violent.

This is so sad and shocking, prayers up for the families.

Frank Ocean Releases New Album ‘blonde’


Kinfolk! Frank Ocean is back with more stunts and shows! After Thursday night’s antics and the release of “Endless” I knew he had more up his sleeve. Frank has released what is actually his new album titled ‘blonde’

The album has 17 tracks and I am currently listening so I’ll get back to y’all with a review. Frank has his stans going bat shit crazy with these antics, but I am HERE for his new music! Especially after Channel Orange.

Listen HERE

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Frank Ocean Finally Drops New Album “Endless”

Kinfolk after all the stunts and shows Frank Ocean has finally dropped his highly anticipated new album “Endless” last night on his website www.boysdontcry.co. All the stans can breath a sigh of relief because he had y’all  bugging the f*ck out!

Exhibit A:

FRANK OCEAN BETTER DROP IT TODAY

A video posted by JAY VERSACE (@jayversace) on

But I know y’all didn’t expect the stunts and shows to stop with release! That would be too much like right! That wouldn’t be grand enough! Get this Ocean’s fans can’t access individual songs or skip ahead for that matter in the album steam. Fans are subjected to video stream of what looks like Frank doing his best impression of Bob The Builder, while the album plays in the background *side-eye*

Frank *taps shoulder* I know you’re an artist and your sensitive about your sh*t, but please just let us access the songs sans this artsy video. Please and thank you! After listening through the album once I can say I like what I’ve heard, but I need to be able to get to each song and replay if necessary before I write a definitive review

Check It Out HERE & HERE

Whut say you?

[Review] The Definition Of…Fantasia


American Idol Winner Fantasia Barrino has released her 5th studio album, “The Defintion Of…” The album has 11 tracks with appearances from Stacy Barthe, Aloe Blacc, and Tye Tribett. The album was executive produced by veteran A&R/record producer Ron Fair

The album is not like any album I have heard from Fantasia. She has been quoted saying she fought hard for artistic freedom with this album. It’s clear her fight paid off because this album is touching several genres of music, from R&B to Country. This strategy is very smart because it appeals to audiences that maybe would not listen to a Fantaia album. I could see her performing songs from this album on The BET Awards, The Country Music Awards, and The Grammy’s.

My favorite songs from the album are: 

  1. So Blue
  2. When I Met You, 
  3. Sleeping With The One I Love, 
  4. Wait For You, 
  5. Lonely Legend
  6. I Made It(feat Tye Tribbett)

“So Blue” is mid-tempo with a Carribean feel to it where Tasia sings of being Sad about a love lost, I like it.  “When I Met You” is probably the closest song to the Fanatasia that I am used to hearing. On the song she reflects on past relationships preparing her for her current marriage. This one is my favorite songs on the album. “Sleeping With The One I Love” is inspired by James Brown’s It’s A Man’s World and we find Tasia singing about not being satisfied in current relationship, which results her cheating. This song has a Broadway musical(Chicago) feel to it.It’s very dramatic and definitely a different direction.

“Wait For You” has an electronic feel to it. It sounds like it was pulled from a Disclosure album. It’s different but I like it and it’s a testament to the fact that Fantasia can sing any type of music. On “Lonely Legend” Fantasia sounds like Tina Tuner for 2016,she is definitely giving us Soul/Rock with this horn and bass heavy song, this one is my other favorite song from the album. “I Made It” features gospel artist Tye Tribbett, and sounds more inspirational than gospel, but I still like it. It sounds like something Isreal and New Breed would do, but again Fantasia can sing anything.

If nothing else, The Defintion Of…, is experimental. It’s easy to tell that Fantasia did things the way she wanted with this album. This album may carry some fans too fast, but I am HERE for it! It’s like no other Fantasia album I have heard. After all the trials and tribulations Fantasia has faced publicly and privately she deserves to do it her way! If you’re a Fantasia fan or a music lover in general then you’ll surely find something on this album that resonates with you. This album is most definitely worth a listen.

Whut say you?

The First Lady of the United States of America Michelle Obama Gives An Amazing Speech At The Democractic National Convention[VIDEO]


Kinfolk I must say that I have been somewhat disconnected from the presidential election campaign. This is vastly different from 8 years ago when President Barrack Obama ran, I was fully invested. I don’t know what it is this time around that has me so uninvested, at a time when I should be immersed in each candidates politics. After the fiasco that ensued with the GOP trying to narrow down their long list of unqualified and out of touch candidates, I think I was fatigued. Then to find out that I wasn’t in an episode of Punk’d and the American people did actually chose Donald Trump as the republican candidate for President of the United States. Donald Trump, who can’t properly manage his hair, is actually in the running for commander and chief of the free world. This is absolutely mind boggling and has caused side-eye strain for me. 

Then on the other side we had Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battling it out for democratic nomination. Neither candidate really jumped out at me in the way that Barrack Obama did 8 years ago. It also could be the senseless killing of black men all over the US at the hands of the police with no consequences for these officers, when there is clear video evidence! It also could be the fact that I am having anxiety because the Obama’s are leaving the White House and I wish they could stay another 8 years that has me so disconnected.

But leave it to First Lady Michelle Obama to reinvigorate my interest in the presidential election. On the first night of the Democratic National Convention my First Lady took the stage and gave what has to be one of the most rousing speeches,second only to Jesse Williams’s speech at The BET Awards, that I have heard in years. FLOTUS’s speech single handedly made me sit up and take notice that I need to really reinvest in this presidential campaign, because these crazy folks could put Donald Trump in the White House. It also made me sad because it’s just another reminder that The Obama’s are leaving us. At this point I have no choice but to say, “I’m With Her!” in support of Hillary Clinton because it’s for damn sure I will not be voting for Donald Trump!

Check out FLOTUS’s speech below:

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Will You Be Watching VH1’s Hip Hop Honors?

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Kinfolk The VH1 Hip Hop Honors airs tonight  at 9 p.m. EST, will you all be watching? I know I will be front and center to provide you with commentary. The honorees on tonight show are Salt-N-Pepa, Queen Latifah, Lil Kim, and Missy Elliott. I love all the honorees, but I have a few questions. Continue reading

New Music:Hostage-Maxwell 


Maxwell has dropped another song from his long overdue album SUMMERS’ that is scheduled to be released tomorrow. The song is titled “Hostage”on it Maxwell sings

“I am your hostage / A simple object / Use as you please / And I will remain ignorant and believe you,” 

Over a smooth and mellow beat.

 I am not HERE this song. I liked Lake By The Ocean. It could be because it’s been so long since the last project was released that I feel this way, but I haven’t written the project off completely. I’ll be listening tomorrow to see what Maxwell is talmabout on this new album.

On another note hats off to Maxwell for doing what Madonna could not do with his tribute to late music legend Prince on last Sunday’s BET Awards. Madge NEVER attempt Prince EVER!

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Diddy’s Son/Twin Christian ‘King’ Combs Drops Two New Songs 


Take that! Take that! Take that!

Kinfolk Diddy’s seed Christan ‘King’ Combs is following in his father’s footsteps and stepping into the music industry. If you didn’t know already Christian is signed to Bad Boy Records. He dropped two new song “Party” and “One For Me” 

 “Party,” is a summer-ready jam featuring his SNL and CYN crew members. He samples Queen Pen’s classic “Party Ain’t a Party,” which is guarantees people will be on the dance floor

“One For Me” samples the SWV Classic “You’re The One” which I am HERE for! The song is produced by Tank, and Young Combs reminds me of Bad Boy artist Loon. 

Christian is said to working on his debut album. He is definitely following a formula that worked for his Pops back in the early 90’s and that is sample old hits to make new hits. I am interested to see what this project will sound like and see if Young Combs actually has talent enough to step outside of his Dad’s shadow. That remains to be seen.

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