Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Melvin Van Peebles


Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, James Brown is dead - 'nuff said.

I found this copy of Melvin Van Peebles's "What the **** You Mean I Can't Sing?" during my little trip through downtown Fresno that I mentioned a while ago. I think this album could best be described as the evil stepbrother to Bill Cosby's "Hooray for the Salvation Army". Like Cosby, Melvin really can't sing but attempts to. Unlike Cosby, Melvin throws down some serious commentary on American culture. Much has been said about Melvin and I'm not going to even attempt to give any background on the guy. Although I'd read about his films and seen "New Jack City", which starred is son Mario, I didn't really start getting into Melvin after hearing Quasimoto's album "The Unseen" which sampled heavily from his albums. I'm also including a few songs from Melvin's album "Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death" which you 'll most surely recognize if you're familiar with "The Unseen".

A Birth by Melvin Van Peebles from What the **** You Mean I Can't Sing?
Come On Write Me by Melvin Van Peebles from What the **** You Mean I Can't Sing?
Come On Feet by Melvin Van Peebles from Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death
Put a Curse by Melvin Van Peebles from Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death

2 Comments:

Blogger Conscious said...

Good stuff as usual!

5:19 AM  
Blogger DJ Kool JB said...

Is there a download link??

9:44 AM  

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