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Aloe Blacc

I love the HBO show How to Make It in America whose theme song is “I Need A Dollar” but I thought it was a sample from an old 60’s track I’d never heard before.  That was until my bestie ReneeWoods sent me a youtube link of  Aloe Blacc performing Sam Cooke’s song “A Change Gonna Come” which happens to be in my top 5 favorite songs of all times.  Every version I’ve ever heard, I’ve considered to be blasphemy, but this one actually got my seal of approval.  Aloe’s vintage sounding, soul rooted voice was beyond refreshing.  It was crazy to know a man in our generation was capable of making instant classics.  Since then, we’ve both been fans of Aloe Blacc’s authentic sounding classic 60’s soul music.

Now, NPR First Listen, gives us insight into Aloe Blacc’s, born Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins, upbringing and hip-hop roots.  They are also allowing the public to stream Aloe Blacc’s album Good Things until it is released September 28th.  Be sure to check it out while you still can by clicking HERE! Thanks NPR!

Don’t Miss These Tracks:  “I Need A Dollar” & “Miss Fortune”

Check out www.aloebacc.com and Follow him on Twitter at @AloeBlacc

Throwback Video: Divine-Lately

By Urbansocialight

Today, I’m really feeling in need of a throwback video.   I know you guys remember the girl trio Divine.  Their claim to fame was their 1998 hit “Lately”.  This is back when girls actually had talent and personality not make-up and glittery stripper clothes.  This video doesn’t have one bit of booty shaking, no swimsuits posing as stage outfits, no chains or spikes or leather, just three sweet girls singing their hearts out. 

Big ups to the beautiful black girls with talent that are gone, but not forgotten, CrabzInaBarrel loves you!

Whitney Rebounds, Well Sorta


By Urbansocialight

Ok, you have to admit that although Whitney Houston was a superstar diva, she fell pretty hard and was almost down for the count but she’s back! The haters said she couldn’t do it (sounds like crabz in a barrel behavior to me), but Whitney proved them wrong packing Central Park yesterday with some 5,000 for a Good Morning America performance (which airs this morning on ABC), and looked FAB! That was the good news. The well, not so good news, is that Whitney couldn’t sing. Her voice was nearly completely gone. She told the crowd that it was because she’d just done Oprah and was talking too much, but it may have something to do with the years of vocal neglect.

Her new single and album are called “I Look to You” (listen to the single here). I really don’t like the single, it’s corny and drawn out.  The album would be good for any middle age pop singer, but it’s pretty mediorce for Whitney.  The one thing you cannot mistake is she just doesn’t sound the same!  I find myself thinking, since when does Whitney sound like a fake Patti LaBelle?  The best track is probably the triumphant ballad, “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength”.  So although she looks great, her sound is lacking.     It’s not just me either.  Other reviews are mixed too, check out NPR’s thoughts here. When the first week sales stats are released, we’ll see if Whitney’s new voice matters to her fans.

On a better note,  I was on Twitter yesterday following the the future male version of me, PR superstar, Jonathan Cheban (or Chebs as Kholoe calls him), was front row at the Whitney taping. He was just twitpicing the best pictures of Whit, so I couldn’t help myself. I’m just SO happy to see Whitney looking like her old self again! Fans of Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane, will recognize her right hand man, mister BJ Coleman who was there with Chebs too.




All pics via Jonathan Cheban’s Twitter. Follow Chebs on Twitter at twitter.com/jonathancheban

Follow BJ Coleman on Twitter at twitter.com/abjcoleman

Raheem Devaughn’s “Art of Noise”

Art of Noise

Hey Crabzinabarrel.com world!!!!!!!!!!! It’s your girl ReneeWoods once again and I just finished listening to Raheem Devaughn’s “Art of Noise.” There is a little bit of everything on this project (soul, gospel, rap, etc.).  My favorite songs from “Art of Noise” are ” Club Hop”, “So Amazing”, and “Talk $#@!”. Overall I think it’s good so please support Raheem Devaughn and download “Art of Noise” at http://www.368musicgroup.com.

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