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AALIYAH Death Anniversary - 9 Years Later…
It’s been nine years after Aaliyah’s tragic death in the plane crash in the Bahamas. Aaliyah had talent, spirit and grace and she was gone way too soon. Aaliyah will always be remembered!
Ready for it
I start the 8th Grade tomorrow. I’m actually ready to start because this summer was so lame. I’m just ready to get it over with. I’m actually happy for school. Kinda wierd. :)
2Pac’s Greatest Hits
The Cd starts out with two great songs: Keep Ya Head Up and Two of Amerikaz Most Wanted. Keep Ya Head Up is about the troubles that our women suffer today. A slower sad song. Followed by Tupac and Snoop Dogg kicking a$$ in a song with the best beat and best lyrics. The next few songs aren’t the greatest, but good beats and good lyrics. A few point outs for the rest of Disc One: Unconditional Love: A very, very good sad song about hard times and loved ones. Trapped: About livin a thug life. Life Goes On: Helping to understand death and giving dedication to their friend Kato. Hit ‘Em Up: A powerful, vulgar rap portraying the hate against Biggie Smallz and Junior M.A.F.I.A. Disc Two: Troublesome is another powerful, fast song about living a hard life in the ghetto. Good Beat. Brenda’s Got a Baby is a realistic portrayal of teen pregnecies and how life goes wrong for some. I Ain’t Mad at ya is not a great song, but stands it’s ground. Changes is one of Tupacs greatest. It’s fast beat and poetically written lyrics combine to make a moving song about changing society and treating humans right. California love talks about the hustling scene in Cali. Picture Me Rollin, an upbeat boastful fun song about money, cars, and High Rollin. How Long Will They Mourn Me is a slower dedication by Thug life to Kato. Dear Mama is a song for Tupacs struggled stressed mother that did her best to raise Tupac. It’s all About U is about women and sex, fast and fun. To Live and Die in L.A. is a slower song talking about the scene in South Cali. A compilation of 2Pacs best songs.
If 1999 was a warmup for Prince’s stardom, it hit him like a bolt of purple lightning from the heavens, followed by an earthshattering thunderclap, for Purple Rain was Prince’s supreme moment. And Prince introduced a sound that incorporated a snarling guitar that owed a nod to Jimi Hendrix.
The organ and Prince’s monolgue heralds “Let’s Go Crazy”, then comes the drum machine and that snarling guitar. The song goes into full drive here and like “1999”, is a song that brings life to any party. The fiery guitar solo at the end is well worth the song. There’s a stab against psychiatrists who prescribe pills to their patients instead of real solutions. “Instead of asking him how much of your time is left, ask him how much of your mind.”
The lush string-oriented “Take Me With U” is a mid-paced duet between Prince and his Purple Rain co-star Apollonia. Her vocals are really prominent when the two sing “I don’t care if we spend the night at your mansion” and the other four verses of the bridge, as well when they repeat the title line toward the end of the song. Unless one has a copy of Apollonia 6 and her solo album, this is the closest one’ll have of hearing her.
“The Beautiful Ones” about how the most beautiful women aren’t necessarily the happiest, starts out as a slow ballad in Prince’s falsetto, before he raises the power adrenaline several notches when screaming out “Do you want him, or do you want me, ‘cause I want you.” Matt Fink’s piano- and later organ-sounding synthesizers provide a lush backing to this wonder. It comes to a quiet close, with only Fink’s and Bobby Z’s drums. Mariah Carey covers this on her Butterfly album to no avail.
“Computer Blue” starts out with a suggestive conversation between Wendy and Lisa. “Wendy?” “Yes Lisa?” “Is the water warm enough?” “Yes Lisa.” “Shall we begin?” “Yes, Lisa.” What actually takes place is a hard-pounding track featuring the lyrics at first, then fiery guitarwork throughout, climaxing in Prince’s falsetto screams. Bobby Z’s percussion provides a strong backbeat throughout. Love this one!
The grinding “Darling Nikki” has its notoriety about the title character and her house of eroticism, and is also the song that inflamed Tipper Gore. And yes, it has another killer guitar solo and passionate Prince screams. I wonder, are the last lyrics of that song the ones played backward at the end?
“When Doves Cry”, which zoomed up to #1 to the charts in six weeks, punctuated by the percussion and keyboards, is yet further proof of premier songwriting and sound.
“I Would Die 4 U” which has a rippling fuzzy sound throughout, seems to be about God: “I’m not a human/I’m a dove/I am your conscious/I am love.” Then again, it might be Prince, as he’s for love and peace. It segues into “Baby I’m A Star”, which rivals “Let’s Go Crazy” in energy level. It’s simultaneously a declaratory statement by Prince to his audience of what he is and an assertion by the common person that an engaging personality will make him shoot to the stars.
The apocalyptic title track is one of the loveliest compositions Prince has done. To hear it in anything other than its full 8:45 is sacrilege. The lyrics come in up to 3:45, the song then becomes a thundering symphonic rock instrumental with a fusion of guitar, cello, violin, and viola. For the last minute and three-quarters, the strings carry it through to its conclusion.
Every song on this album is so entwined together in Prince’s unifying theme and sound that it’s sometimes jarring to hear any of these songs on anywhere else but this album. Anyone wanting to know why Prince made the impact he did should get this album, which is the first ever piece of music I bought sung by one artist. A personal favourite and all-time classic.