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 All the stans can breath a sigh of relief because he had y’all  bugging the f*ck out!

Exhibit A:


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:

Whut say you?

Will You Be Watching VH1’s Hip Hop Honors?


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!

Whut say you?

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.

Whut say you?


Lauryn Hill Wants You To Know: “I Don’t Show Up Late To Shows Because I Don’t Care”

So…Kinfolk if you haven’t heard already Lauryn Hill reportedly showed up to her Atlanta show 3 hours late. BIG SUPRISE! This is her normal MO and precisely why I didn’t spend my hard earned coins to go see her. Apparently she wanted you to hear her side of the story so she posted the following essay on her Facebook page

I don’t show up late to shows because I don’t care. And I have nothing but Love and respect for my fans. The challenge is aligning my energy with the time, taking something that isn’t easily classified or contained, and trying to make it available for others. I don’t have an on/off switch. I am at my best when I am open, rested, sensitive and liberated to express myself as truthfully as possible. For every performance that I’ve arrived to late, there have been countless others where I’ve performed in excess of two hours, beyond what I am contracted to do, pouring everything out on the stage. 

Because I care so deeply about the artistic process, I scrutinize, have perfectionist tendencies, and want space made for spontaneity, which is not an easy process, with the many moving parts on the road. Some days we are more successful than others re time. However, the vitality that is infused into the performances is always appreciated by the audiences, who may not know exactly what it took to accomplish. What hasn’t been touched upon by the media, I’m sure, are the hundreds of people who rushed the stage and stayed in excess of an hour after the show ended last night, just to connect. 

Our challenge is to figure out the best way to accommodate the vitality, spontaneity, and spirit that make the performances worthwhile and special to begin with, while also making that experience available and accessible to others. If I didn’t Love and respect the art, I wouldn’t be doing this. The audience and I should have that in common. 

My true audience knows emphatically that I care. It isn’t possible to affect people in any deep and meaningful way without putting sacrificial time in.

I have nothing but Love and appreciation for the fans in Atlanta, and regret not being able to give you a full show. We are figuring out a plan to make it up to you, and will announce details as soon as we have them. 


*yawns and stretches* (notice there is no mention of refunds) Ms. Lauryn Hill(I want to put some respeck on your name, before I go in!) while I am keeping in mind that you’re an artist and your sensitive about your shit! The fact remains that concert tickets are not free and last I checked money does not grow on trees! I and countless others are sensitive about their coins! This whole excuse about going over at other shows is to the left of the GOTDAMN point! The fact remains you showed up late to your Atlanta show and countless other shows and gave your fans your ass to kiss. There is a simple to solution to all of this, like to hear it here it go: STOP TOURING! If you can’t show up on time! PERIOD POINT BLANK! The video below conveys my sentiment about your antics Ms. Lauryn

While I appreciated your essay, you really could have saved that bullshit. I am so glad I went with my first mind and didn’t purchase a ticket to your Atlanta show because I would be reciting the lyrics to Kash Doll’s song “BITCH RUN ME MY MONEY!” To you, LiveNation, and Ticketmaster! Sad to say I probably will never see Lauryn Hill live unless it’s free because I refuse to have my coins wasted! Ask yourself Ms. Lauryn Hill what would Beyoncé do? 

Whut say you?