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SYTYCD: Case of the Giggles

Hey y’all.  If you may recall, I did a post earlier about some of my favorite routines.  Well today, I wanted to highlight some of the dances that make me smile.  Some are good, some are…not, but either way I chuckle every time I see them.  Let’s get started!

Get It Shawty – Cedric & Faina

Yes!  Faina is a ballroom dancer and her hip hop isn’t as strong.  My favorite part is the when Cedric “takes control of her body” and she just bends her knees.  And then when she pops that thang!

Missin’ You – Jason & Caitlin

CAITLIN’S SOLO!!!!

Ring A Ling – Mollee & Nathan

All of this struggle.

Rocket Man – Allen & Melody

Listen.  Season 1 of this show was a totally different animal.  They actually let a big guy on the show.  And the thing was, he can dance.  But this whole routine was just a fail from start to finish.

Now let’s take a moment for the Dan Karaty Hip Hops of Yore.

Promiscuous – Musa & Natalie

Here I Come – Lacey & Kameron

Let Me – Dmitry & Ashlee

Oh Dan, you were a much better judge than choreographer!

What are some of your favorite struggle routines?  I’m ready for Vegas week y’all!

EDIT: HOLD THE PHONE.  I ALMOST LET THIS POST GO WITHOUT THE MOST TERRIBLE AND HILARIOUS ROUTINE.

What is this? Poor Caitlyn and Mitchell did not deserve this!!!  All of the “emoting”!  The horrible choreography.  The terrible song.  I still remember seeing this and being dumbfounded.

Another Music Challenge Post

So I’m running on E when it comes to a topic today.  And you know what that means!  Arbitrary list of 5 music videos!!!

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So there is a 100-day music challenge which I’m obviously not going to do.  But I used Excel’s Random Number Generator to randomly pick 5 of the questions so I could put this small playlist in your life.  Let’s go!

2) A song from the first album you ever bought. (What was the album?)

Song: Tell Him – Lauryn Hill
Album: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Now I was not rich growing up.  I remember being completely jealous of my classmates and friends who had CD players (Discman’s specifically).  The summer between 7th and 8th grade, my mom bought me my first CD player and I was so freaking excited.  The first two CD’s that I owned were gospel compilations (Do they still make WOW Gospel?).  But the first album I purchased with my own money was The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill proving that my taste has been flawless forever.

But this song.  I get emotional listening to it every single time.  Like I remember every time that I’ve craved someone.  That I’ve loved someone.  I just close my eyes and I’m instantly in that moment.  The moment where I fell.  I don’t know how you could listen to this and not feel something inside.

41) A song you can remember from when you were at school.

Song: Joseph’s Coat (The Coat Of Many Colors)

Umm…this is a stupid question.  To force it to make more sense, I’ve decided to pick a song I remember from middle school.  That’s when I got my Lauryn Hill album so why the hell not.

So back in seventh grade, I had my star-making role of Isaachar in my middle school’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  ::sarcasm:: It was really fun though and this is the song that comes to my head as soon as I think of my musical experience.  Also, getting to be nasty was pretty fun.

71) A song by an artist with the same first/last name as you.

Song: All You Wanted – Michelle Branch

Come on White Cousin!  Listen, Class and I were just talking about how the group of ladies who snatched the early 2000’s with their flawless bops, Michelle included.  I think it was a reaction to the Britney/Christina/Jessica/Mandy vein of sugary sweet pop music.  They made Michelle, Avril, Vanessa, and Fefe come across more edgy and “real” and that resonated with huge part of my generation.  Twas a good time.

Don’t even pretend you don’t like this song.  It’s fabulous.

81) An 80’s pop song by an artist who thinks he’s/she’s really cool.

Song: Naughty Girls (Need Love Too) – Samantha Fox

Who made up this challenge again?  These questions are stupid.  So I’m just going to give us an 80’s pop song because WTF.  Why would I assume they think they are cool?  Wouldn’t that only leave me with Corey Feldman as the only option?

ANTYWAYS! Let’s talk about Samantha Fox and how she is one of my patron saints.  Some people have martyrs and holy people, I have late 80’s pop stars.  Don’t judge me.

But this song is EVERYTHING.  This is a bop in every sense.  The dance beat with the hip hop influence.  The male background singers? Come on!

The gayest gang since the Bad video.

Her dance moves??

NO MORE FUN AND GAMES OF THE MIND!

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91) A song for a romantic dinner.

Title: Kiss Me On My Neck – Erykah Badu

Some of us haven’t been to romantic dinners.  Rude ass questions.

But legit, I don’t give Erykah Badu nearly the props she deserves for the quality music she has brought to my life.  I feel like this is the kind of song you want playing gently as you wrap up the meal where you dance and sway a bit together.  As the dinner turns towards a nightcap.

And who doesn’t want a kiss on their neck? Amiright???

Now it’s on you people. Are these questions as dumb as I think they are?  What song would have picked for that 80’s question?  Leave us a comment below!

Quickie Post: Blood Orange

Not the fruit, y’all.

But I’ve been recently listening to Cupid Deluxe album by Blood Orange.  He was one of the primary producers on Solange’s EP True, which I adore.  It’s very late 80’s synth pop interpreted for the current age.  If you like minimalism in your music, sparse harmonies, funky bass grooves and metaphors in your music, I think that you will enjoy the album.  It is a full experience where hooks and choruses are referenced in multiple songs to fit the theme of love, heartbreak, and dealing with self worth.

I’m embedding the full album for you all to enjoy before I talk about my favorite song.

So I absolutely adore all of the songs with the exception of High Street, but Chamakay is the stand out track for me.  I think that the production of the track conveys the separation and melancholy perfectly.  The uses of echos and having both the male and female voice personalizes the song in a way I’m not sure could be captured another way.

The song is direct but there is just enough mystery to the lyrics.  Absolutely adore this.  Here are the lyrics and take a listen.

Let me know what your favorite track is.

Chamakay

If giving left me lonely
If giving was my friend
I’m keeping all the old themes
I’m keeping my loose ends

But now you’re feeling empty
I tried my best last time
I’ll leave you with your feelings
I’ll leave you in your lies

I’m nothing without subtle
Heartache at its best
Are you the one who breaks my
Heart out of my chest

[Chorus x2]

I’ll never leave you if you’re think that it’s all the same
I’ll never trust you if you’re think that it’s just a game
I see you waiting for a guy/girl like me to come along
Baby girl you’re wrong

If giving left me lonely
If giving was my friend
I’m keeping all the old themes
I’m keeping my loose ends

But now you’re feeling empty
I tried my best last time
I’ll leave you with your feelings
I’ll leave you in your lies

[Chorus x2]

Trashy Thursday: Mexican Rappers

What time is it? It’s Trashy Time!

What time is it? Trashy Thursday time!

So we’ve been neglecting that some of the greatest and most hilarious hoodrat tunes come from our friends down south!  I have to rectify this as we can not live in a world where you are not leaning like a cholo.

1) Lean Like  A Cholo – Down AKA Kilo

Elbows up, side to side!

Now this song was a hit for several reasons.  We were all about leaning in the last decade.  We leaned back and we leaned and rocked with it.  Down AKA Kilo capitalized on that trend with his iconic bop.  He gives you the dance moves, reminds of you Big Pun if you squint and don’t listen to his rapping.  He is pretty much perfect.

2) Cyclone – Baby Bash

Now, who remembers the Baby and the Bash??  His first hit was “Suga Suga” but I absolutely hate that song with all that is within me.  Pretty much any song with him and Frankie J was a flop for me.  But then he hooked up with human voicebox T-Pain and created something that we can all bodyroll to!

3) Bring Out The Freak In You – L’il Rob

Another song that I found via B.Scott back in the days where he was still battling with his Ethiopian neighbors.  I love this song. It’s complete filth and makes no bones about it.  L’il Rob is trying to get it in and we just have to deal!  He’s probably my favorite of all the rappers on this list.  He even has a pleasant love song to counteract the trashy goodness of this one.

4) I’m In Love With Your Sister – Chingo Bling

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaass!!! While this is a parody of I’m In Love With A Stripper by the legendary T-Pain, it still stands as a hilarious and trashy piece of music.

5) Bass Down Low – Dev

YES! So I didn’t know Dev was Mexican, but now that I do, it’s time to pay homage.  I remember jamming to Booty Bounce while Dev stood around in an array of hideous outfits.  I remember being pissed that “Like A G6” was a hit because I liked the original song better.

But this is my jiggety jam!  It’s such a simple, dumb song, but I can’t resist bopping to it.

So who are some of your favorite Mexican or Mexican-American rappers?? Did I miss any iconic bops?  Let us know in the comments!

Music Monday: Original or Cover?

Hey girl hey!

Let’s have some fun today.  I thought it would be fun to listen to some covers of original songs and decide which is your favorite.  We are nothing, if not the authorities of taste, beauty, class, and elegance.

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So let’s get started!

Nobody Knows – Tony Rich Project or Kevin Sharp

Original:

Remake:

A Night To Remember – Shalamar or Liberty X

Original:

Remake:

Too Close – Next or Blue

Original:

Remake:

Hope this was a fun distraction for you.  I’m going to go laugh at Blue’s cover some more!  Let us know which you prefer in the comments below.  P.S. Class LOOOOVES Blue.

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