Thursday, October 15, 2009

Living Without My Radio: What's Spinning On The (Kid-Friendly) MyBrownBaby iTouch

If you've read my post about MY BEEF WITH BLACK RADIO, you know I don't get in the car without my special home made mix of kid-friendly/mom-approved music. I mean, I'd much prefer the babies groove to Chrisette Michelle's "Be Okay," De La Soul's "Me, Myself & I," or Michael Jackson's "Can't Help It," than the hot mess they're pumping into out stereos these days. I mean, Lil Boosie's "Better Believe It"? Pleasure P's "Under"? Jeremih's "Imma Star"?

I. Can't.

And. I. Won't.

(Lest blood gush out of my and my children's ears.)

Nick hooked me up with a new iPod connection in my ride a few months ago, so I don't have to make my own mix CDs. But I have to admit, even with the thousands of songs I have in my iTouch, I've grown a little bored with my playlist. A couple weeks ago, I copped albums by a few of my favorite '90s R&B bands, including Intro, Brownstone, and Mint Condition. I also bought Jay-Z's latest, "The Blueprint 3," because his "Welcome to New York" and "Run this Town" put me in a New York state of mind (Go Brooklyn! Strong Island!) But dude, I need some new music—seriously.

Can you guys help me out? What's on your playlist these days? Let's swap some of our favorites so we can all up our music game (and keep the kids' ears pimp-free). Here's what's been in constant rotation on my iTouch:

• Melodies (feat. Leon Ware) — Liquid Spirits
::The architect of Marvin Gaye's "I Want You" pairs with a very cool hip hop/neo-soul group out of Europe::

• So Cold (feat. D’Angelo on Rhodes) — Don-E
::If you, like I, still stan hard for D’Angelo, you’ll love this smooth neo-soul singer, also from the U.K.::

• I’m Done — Tweet
::The most beautiful “beat it, Negro,” song I’ve ever heard::

• So Beautiful — Musiq
::This man knows his way to put a smile on a girl’s face::

• I Know You — Esperanza Spalding
::Thoughtful, fresh music!::

• Stop the World — Maxwell
::Um, Maxwell. Need I say more? I didn’t think so::

• Chains — Kirk Franklin
::A brilliant song that reminds us to curb the self-pity and drama::

• Secret (Live) — Maroon 5
::Adam Levine? Please believe it.::

• Hidden Charms (Acoustic E.P.) — Van Hunt
::Sweet, simple, inspirational::

Okay, bring it: What are you listening to?


  1. @EssenseVibez: Girl, post that list right here on MBB so all the other MyBrownBaby readers can see your favs!

  2. John Legend: Evolver (the entire album)
    Natasha Bedingfield: Pocketfull of Sunshine & Unwritten (they just put me in a great mood)
    Angelique Kidjo: Djin Djin (African...and she has duets with Alicia Keys & Ziggy Marley)
    India Arie (pick any album)

  3. Raphael Saadiq's latest CD, "The Way I See It" especially "Love That Girl" and "Never Give You Up," is currently in heavy rotation at the Bush household--old school vibe, extremely family friendly. Makes me wistful for those days when all a guy had to do was croon shoobee-doobee-doowah to make a sistah weak in the knees!

  4. Hi There! Thank you for visiting me yesterday to celebrate my SITS Day! U are deeply appreciated!

  5. OMG! No you did.not say Intro! Girl, you said Intro! "Let me be, (let me be) let me be the one, the one you come running to (running to)..." Loves it! And I swear I thought no one was hip to Tweets's I'm Done. I LOVE that song, and it's always on repeat! Sigh. I miss her.

    OK, here are some goodies on my list:

    B Angie B, "So Much Love"

    Maxwell, "Sumthin, Sumthin"

    Guy, "I Like"
    (OK, this may not be that kid friendly, but this is my jam!)

    Toni Tony Tone
    "It Never Rains In Southern California"
    (I was SO in love with Raphael Saadiq)


    "Whatever You Want" also by The Three T's!
    (Call 632-2135 LOL)

    Lucy Pearl
    "Dance Tonight"

    The Jets
    "Crush on You"
    (C'mon now!)

    Musical Youth
    "Pass the Dutchie"
    (Remember that?! The Kids love it!)

    Chrisette Michelle

    India Arie
    "Little Things" and "God is Real" (beautiful song there)

    Jasmine Sullivan
    "Lions, Tigers, and Bears"

  6. I totally agree with you, music is not suitable for kids these days. Rhianna's first album wasn't to bad, as well as some of Beyonce's songs.

  7. My List:
    *"What About Me", "Enough"=Kellylee Evans
    *"Makeda", "Bebela"= Les Nubians
    *"Stop", "Trouble"=Lizz Wright
    *"Tell Me Why", "Stay"= Conya Doss
    *"After Hours", "Sean"= Aya
    *"Heaven", "Eye to Eye"= Amp Fiddler
    *"Liberation"(Instrumental)= Outkast
    *"Everybody Loves The Sunshine"=Incognito
    *"Surrender","From My Window"= Swing Out Sister
    *"Words","Lady","Part of My Life"= Anthony David

  8. Girl, I'm rocking out to Whitney's new CD. I must support! Toni Braxton's new CD is next on the list.

    Hugs and Mocha,

  9. @Food Lover, I didn't even know Raphael S. had a new CD out. I might have to get that. I'm checking in all night for new/oldie cuts! LOL

  10. My ipod is stuck in the 1990's so I'm afraid I don't have any song suggestions for you. In fact, I'm copying down some of the suggested song titles from your readers.

  11. John Mayer!!!
    Maroon 5
    Black Eyed Peas

    This music doesn't give me any headaches!!!

  12. I feel about BET the way you feel about black radio. Whatever happened to quality programming? As far as suggestions: Amel Lareaux is pretty laid back in a different kinda way.

  13. So true! Not only is the music often inappropriate, the radio hosts' comments are oftentimes ridiculous. Definitely not appropriate for all ages...
    When I've had enough of the radio...I switch to my mix with a few of Chrisette Michele's songs:
    Best of Me
    Whitney Houston-Million Dollar Bill
    Mary Mary- God in Me
    just to name a few...

  14. oh I forgot to add:
    Alicia Keys- Superwoman
    Neyo-Miss Independent
    K Jon- On the Ocean
    These make me happy too :-)

  15. I have really fell in love with non-traditional stuff, like Alice Smith and the Chocolate Drops. For some old school sounding male crooners: Geno Young and Eric Roberson...awww yeah....


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