ECSTASY OF THE RAP GROUP WHODINI DIED

 

 Whodini – “Five Minutes Of Funk”

I’m not going to let reckless events happening in 2021 throw off too much of my orderly list of topics this year like it did in 2020. So I’ll discuss my controversial views on that recent Capitol Hill Insurrection and other political stuff as they play out, AFTER I see whether or not a transition to President Biden happens or not in the coming days because it’s important to see people make their own independent choices sometimes without outside influence. For now, I’ll entertain you with the recent passing of a Rap Icon I felt should have received more mainstream coverage.

I recently learned that John “Ecstasy” Fletcher of the Iconic Rap Trio Whodini, died at age 56 on December 23rd 2020. The cause of death is unknown. Whodini was one of my all-time favorite rap acts. I simply loved their rap and fashion sense. I don’t have much to say because in cases like this, losing yet another musical favorite, I just grieve and enjoy the nostalgic past.


SOME ARTICLES

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/9504425/john-fletcher-dead-whodini-ecstasy-obit/

https://www.tmz.com/2020/12/23/whodini-john-ecstasy-fletcher-dead-dies-56/

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/01/05/whod-j05.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/26/arts/music/john-fletcher-dead.html

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/john-ecstacy-fletcher-whodini-dies_n_5fe4b32ec5b66809cb3090a7

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/whodini-john-fletcher-dead-1107571/


THE MUSIC OF WHODINI
“Big Mouth”
“Funky Beat”
“Echo Scratch”
“One Love”
“Escape”
“Growing Up”
“Be Yourself” Ft. Millie Jackson
“Freaks Come Out At Night”
“Friends”
“Rock You Again”
“Rap Machine”

John “Ecstasy” Fletcher of Whodini Dies At 56yrs Old
Clip Of Black Music Honors, Awarding Whodini
Past Music Award Show Doing A Whodini Tribute
Whodini, John “Ecstasy” Fletcher Interview
Whodini, Grandmaster Dee Interview


Sign,

Lhisa

 

 

Guitar Virtuoso Eddie Van Halen Dies At 65

 “Running With The Devil” – Van Halen

                                                                          In Animam Viventem Ieiunium Vitae  👿  Living The Fast Life

I’m a Rocker too and I actually did a rendition of ‘Running With The Devil’ and although I’ve enjoyed listening to a few of their songs, Van Halen was not one of my favorite hard rock bands. And there were other guitarists I was paying more attention to in The Heavy Metal World at the time, however I didn’t mind seeing them though because I actually liked David Lee Roth’s antics on stage performing. I also loved him as the band’s Front Man at the time before he was replaced by Sammy Hagar, who I liked as well as a Vocalist. But, I have to mention Eddie Van Halen because he does deserve recognition for also making VAN HALEN what it was with that electrifying guitar playing that made him one of the greatest guitarists of all time. It was HIS guitar playing on Michael Jackson’s rock track, “Beat It”. Eddie had a lot to offer. He had a nice look to him and seemed like a cool guy. He had a long battle with cancer and he’ll be very missed by the Rock World.

SOME LINKS

Some Info On His Death

Some More Info On Him As An Artist

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Co-Founder Of Iconic Funk Band Dies At 68

 “Cherish” By Kool & The Gang

                                                                                 Requiesce In Pace Ut Vos 🎷 May You Rest In Peace

Saxophonist Ronald “Khalis” Bell, one of the Founders of Kool & The Gang died September 9th 2020 at age 68. His band Co-Founder brother is Robert “Kool” Bell. From what has not been made known to the public. Well what can I say about this band? They had a lot of popular party jams I liked listening to. I played their music regularly back in the day. It’s nostalgic when I listen to them now. They were one of my favorite bands. They had nine members who played together through the many years as it dwindled down to about 7 or 6 remaining guys on the cover of their albums. Their music endured from them forming and playing in clubs in the mid 1960s, to the 1970s, throughout the 1980s, the 1990s and into the Millennia. They played Funk, Jazz, R&B Soul, Pop, and yes there even some Rock in there. Very talented group! Aside from the dance music, their ballads were exceptional as well. Timeless love songs still being played on the radio. Though we still have the surviving members, Kool has moved on into Heaven to play in the band of Angels.

 

SOME LINKS

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Bell_(musician) Ronald Bell

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_%22Kool%22_Bell Robert Bell

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_%22J.T.%22_Taylor James “JT” Taylor

https://news.amomama.com/103560-remember-dennis-kool-the-gang-his-daught.html
Dennis “DT” Thomas

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kool_%26_the_Gang

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kool_%26_the_Gang_discography

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpVtaE5Mi6M Performing Live, Their Best Hits

 

Michael Jackson And Kool & The Gang

More Info On Ronald Bell’s Death

Sign,
Lhisa

 

 

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Queen Movie Review

PLAYLIST ~ Music By Queen
Ne Cede Malis, Sed Contra Audientior  🚲   Do Not Yield To Misfortunes, But Go Forth More Boldly To Meet Them (Virgil)

Ofcourse somebody would want to make a film about the late great Freddie Mercury. I had mixed feelings over it. ALOT of the info in the movie and timeline is false. It’s a piece of fictional work designed to convey what they wanted you to know about him and the band and there experiences. Well, for something more factual, go look at the many documentaries and interviews online. For the film, they tried very hard to make the Egyptian actor Rami Malek, look, sound and act like him. The real Freddie was a physically bigger man and his striking actions and majestic persona are hard capture. I wasn’t entirely convinced of the performance and I don’t know why Rami Malek was chosen, I was more impressed at the actor’s work at the end of the film when he really came alive on stage as Freddie Mercury at the Live Aid concert. Yes, I expected it to win ALOT of awards, because of some elements in the film, even though critics like myself didn’t fancy it much. At the time when I saw the movie, I wasn’t really happy with it to go write a rave review, but as I continue to think about this man and his work, I have to say something. Prior to the film, the music of Queen for years were in movies, TV shows & commercials, and now AFTER the film, it’s still everywhere arguably as the band with the most hits heard in ads. Now this is a testament to their greatness, the mass commercial appeal as of late. There was a time in my development where Queen was one of the rock bands, I designated a moment of my life consistently listening to. The man was a musical genius. I felt the film focused too much on the gay shit. Some of the dialogue consisted of cheesy faggot comments that made Freddie looked like he was some Rupaul Drag person, when in reality, he carried himself more like a man. He was never out there in the public eye talking like that, seeming like that, or carrying himself like that. In reality, he was masculine, that was why when he died at age 45 in the early 1990s, it shocked people when we heard he lost his life due to complications with AIDs. I remember, it saddened me as a teenager back then the way the news of it was suddenly delivered over the airwaves. I missed him. He died too early. And now, so many years later in the current heyday of the flamboyant gay rights movement, they go and make a movie using HIM & his life to be a part of the gay agenda. If you study Queen, you’d know that Freddie himself when he lived, had no interest in being a point person for the gay movement or a Spokesperson on AIDs. He was a private man who was more mindful about HIS MUSIC. I’d think if you were going to do a movie about him, you’d more concentrate on his musical genius and things that really mattered to him. His lyrics hold philosophical content. He’s a Composer, right up there with Mozart, Bach, etc. Looking at the first half of the film was making me visibly upset with them focusing on homosexuality as if that was the main thing about his life, when other people around him at the time, can account for aspects of his personality being non-gay. In reality, heterosexuality was something he valued that the movie could not deny and had to show in some way since there was a woman he was romantically involved with, that he still loved till the end of his life and he left a great deal of his fortune to her even though she married and moved on. Something happened to Freddie as a young Indian boy born in Zanzibar/Tanzania when his family moved there to flee the Uprising in India. Then he developed as a person in England. We may never know the missing info, but there might be clues out there in cyberspace and alternative media. The movie could have been done better without the gay politics. Now we have content Millennials misunderstanding some things about his life and art as we go on as a society. He’s now a Gay Icon. Oh God! He was never seen as that before though. Nor decades before now, was he dug up and embraced as one of them, even at the time he lived. Some people say he was openly gay at the time, but there is evidence suggesting otherwise. Also, homosexuality (Buggery) was still seen as a crime in Britain in the 1960s. To many Americans & others around the globe, it was either a mental problem, or a vice you engaged in and some of us still think so. And for some, cross-dressing was a look you adopted or played around with, but it didn’t mean you were actually gay or lesbian, or something. And people eventually realized if you were or not. If he was privately exploring or finding himself because of some personal issue and I saw that, I wouldn’t make a film depicting that as the central theme of his life. It was more a gay movie, than an real biopic. There was so much more beyond that and what he never got to do in life. I don’t know how he himself would feel about this film they made about his life. I know though, he would have composed a better film about his story.

Lhisa Mrklon,

 

 

 

SOME LINKS ON FREDDIE

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freddie_Mercury

http://www.freddiemercury.com/

http://www.mercuryphoenixtrust.com/

https://ultimateclassicrock.com/freddie-mercury-teeth/

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0006198/

I, Tonya (2017 Film)

I, Tonya……..now on Dancing With The Stars (DWTS). The 2017 Movie, ‘I Tonya’ was great & the subject matter is relatable played by award-winning actresses Margot Robbie (Tonya) & Allison Janney (The Mother). Looking back at the time period of this story, I was in my graduating year in High School & Nancy Kerrigan was the skater almost everyone was rooting for….., but side opinions count. Some people liked Tonya & her hardship all the way to The Olympics representing America as well. It was fucked up what happened to her career. There are people that can relate to her story. Not everyone fits a mold for certain industries. Does this mean that you CAN’T compete? She was breaking a lot of rules. She didn’t let poverty get in the way, nor having the standard Ice Princess look or breeding hamper her chance at success & fame. And for THAT, she was punished. She was a victim of prejudice amongst HER OWN people. They loved Nancy Kerrigan. The dark-haired beauty could do no wrong. She had the judges in her favor even if she made a mistake on the ice, as long as it was not too bad, her marks were still high. Oh well…..you poor blond bitch, we don’t care about your scrapper way of getting here to our ivy league sport, you don’t belong & we don’t like you, so we’re gonna score you a little bit lower even though you were the ONLY American Woman to land the Triple Axel in 1991 in our International sport. THAT was the general attitude that poor child had to deal with even though she had A RIGHT to be there representing not only The U.S.A, but the downtrodden & disenfranchised rest of us. THEN IT ALL WENT WRONG ONE FATEFUL DAY. The asshole/loser she married to get away from her loud-mouth & funny, but abusive mother, couldn’t leave the skating politics alone & conspired with his friend to have a cohort go to where Nancy Kerrigan was practicing & whack her on the knee, where she famously screamed out, “WHY!” It injured her ability to do well in general, in an effort for Tonya to win Olympic gold ofcourse. There are those despite the old news reports & trial in the mid to late 90s, & now the current movie 23 years later partly told from Tonya’s perspective, who still doubt her innocence. The case was federally investigated & Tonya got banned professionally from the sport & competing nationally & internationally. So now for the first time ever in public, we’re seeing her at 47 years old (still able to land a triple axel while ice-skating privately) on the TV show ‘Dancing With The Stars’ competing for the Mirabal trophy along other respected athletes. But going back to that tragic event from the past, arguably the attack on Nancy Kerrigan was not necessary at all, since Tonya WAS the better skater if you look back at the old footage. The real problem here was the skating committee/judges who discriminated against her for being poor & rock n’ roll. She liked skating to heavy metal music, she looked like a hard rock chic in her outfits & I was into that stuff too & thought at the time watching her on TV, how refreshing to see someone different out there on the ice. Nancy Kerrigan was nice skating to the classical/contemporary themes, but she looked too much like the cookie-cut standard model with how she was carefully packaged. And the people in charge of the whole thing who could have made a difference, were too ignorant & blind to that. THEY are the real ones responsible, because had Tonya been treated more fairly,…..none of it would have happened.

More on the film……..
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I,_Tonya
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/06/movies/i-tonya-review-margot-robbie.html
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5580036/awards

~ Lhisa Mrklon

Christmas 2017

HAPPY HOLIDAY’S Y’ALL

Highlighting special performances this year from both Steve Harvey’s Apollo Christmas Special & Taraji P Henson’s White Hot Holidays.

Here’s DMX’s Performance…………….

And 5th Harmony…………………………

CIARA…………………………………………………

 

FERGIE………………………………………….

 

FERGIE & JUSSIE SMOLLET……………..

The Melisizwe Brothers at the Apollo………

Las Vegas Shooting 2017

Another Infamous Shooting, The Media plays around the tube for answers, asking
‘When Will It Stop?’
Well, it won’t really. Whether it be some conspiracy terror tactic,
or a madman shooting, we live in a
Country where this sort of thing is becoming the norm now.
Why? It’s the culture. You may be the
‘Greatest Country In The World’ as you put it,
but your society needs serious help. Some of the other
countries around the world
are better governed where in their newspapers, you are reading about
normal levels of crime
in a big city, not some privileged weirdo with a massive gun collection that goes
to a
music festival for target practice. Where were the cops & secret agents the government employs to

protect us? Probably busy watching some normal colored person living his or her life,
scrutinizing everything,
desperately trying to criminalize the poor man or woman,
when there was someone ELSE obviously more dangerous
who was able to
FINANCE & ORGANIZE a domestic terror attack, but ‘The Powers That Be’ won’t call it that
or treat the crime like that,
BECAUSE they say, he was a privileged White Man who was simply ‘deranged.’

MORE INFO ON THE CASE BELOW
Fox 5 News
ABC News
CNN
Washington Post
Chicago Tribune
The Atlantic

 

2017 Grammy Highlights & Winners

This past 2017 Grammy awards turned out great with the performances,
but was not without a glitch. At the end, it was nice that a big winner, Adele
complimented Beyoncé’ album ‘Lemonade’ & how it inspired her & that
she should have won best album of the year.
https://www.grammy.com/

Ofcourse, you may not agree with the winning recipient & one would have
to wonder if it is really based on politics or sales.
You can catch a list of all the winners & nominees here……
https://www.grammy.com/nominees