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She Did "Lovin' You"? Oh. My. Goodness.

And it continues.

I decided to see what type of music Minnie Riperton did, and I found that she did the original version of what I have always known as "that song there with that really high note in it (that all the African American comedies have spoofed at least once)".

Minnie Riperton - Lovin' You


Now if I could just figure out who did the version that was so popular on radio for a long while...

Marvin's Room

The song, from Drake's Take Care album, has made quite an impact on many artists in the industry. It seems like everyone from Teyana Taylor, to JoJo, and from Joelle James to Chris Brown, has felt the need to put their own spin on what can be described as "the drunk-dialling song".

The first time I heard the song, it was actually the remix by Teyana called Her Room. Imagine my surprise, then, when months later a friend of mine was listening to her Drake album and Marvin's Room came on. I think I said something along the lines of 'hey, it's Teyana's song...'.

I don't know what it is about this song that sparked this "remix mania". It was apparently recorded in a studio which was once owned by the legendary Marvin Gaye (hence the title), so perhaps everyone just wants to grab onto a bit of that magic?
Whatever it is, I think I like it. Here is the version by Teyana Taylor-


-and JoJo's version actually got a nod from Drake himself:


What…

Detention is A Great Place for Making Music, It Seems

Is it safe for people to openly admit that they like Chris Brown's music now? I mean, has The Incident with RiRi blown over?
If it isn't, and you're still debating whether or not you're a Breezy fan, I suggest Boy In Detention.
The mixtape itself has been available since August last year, but I only discovered it last weekend, and I've been listening to it on repeat since then.

It seems that after going through rehabilitation, and making a few subtle image changes (blonde hair- I blame Dennis Rodman, even now), Chris Brown also decided to take his music in a completely different direction.
Anyone who is attached to the smooth teen crooner of Yo (Excuse Me Miss) and With You fame, and even those who liked the hip-hop twist he added on Wall to Wall and Kiss Kiss, should approach this new Chris Brown with caution.


Boy In Detention has Chris showing off his rap skills, and Popcrush.com called the offering "phenomenal", going on to say that "if it weren&#…

Season 2. Finally.

I have waited, and waited (and waited) for the start of the second season of what is possibly the funniest web series ever.
I can't remember exactly how I discovered Awkward Black Girl, but I know that Jay, Nina and Baby Voice Darius are just hilarious. It's pure genius how Issa Rae and her people have managed to take everyday awkwardness and make it funny. Each episode has me cringing and gasping and shaking my head and exclaiming "eish!" a lot, because it's all so damn true!

Jay speaks to my life, and this is why I am so excited to see her back on my screen tomorrow night.
Here's one of Jay's newest "angry raps". Side-splitting, as usual.


"...working on my anger, though- one day at a time. I hope they all DIE, but I won't commit the crime..."
She's my hero. Especially when she "introduces" Pharrell's I Am Other premium YouTube channel (on which the season 2 pilot episode will premiere)  at 1:32. Wow.

Do yourself…

Delazy and The Soil

Sony Music Africa's two most noted acts of the moment, kasi-soul a capella trio The Soil and the singer who is giving a new, exciting meaning to the term "pop music" Toya Delazy, in the studio:



The video shows the young musicians collaborating on With You, a track off of Delazy's recently released debut, Due Drop.

I love this song. I'm making mental budget adjustments so that I can buy both these CDs next month. South African music is making me so proud this year.



Otelo Burning. (Ster-Kinekor Stunting)

I know I said I was going to be on hiatus due to exams but, in the spirit of true procrastination, I've found so many "amazing things" that I "absolutely have to write about" since the exam period started.

On Thursday afternoon, almost immediately after leaving Hall 29 (also known as "Hell 29" to any true Witsie, although it was so cold in there that morning that almost anything warmer would've been more preferable) I got on a Metro Bus to Gandhi Square.
Giving the names of buses and locations, and even ticket prices (R8, or just a swipe of a card pre-loaded with trips, just so you know) makes it seem like I know what I'm talking about, but really I don't.
A friend and I were just taking our chances, adopting a sort of "we'll see when we get there" approach to the whole thing.

On arrival at Carlton Centre (and yes, every time I think about it I think about Mbongeni Ngema's song) we asked a bored-looking security guard whe…