In addition to the straight facts of Brown's life and the history of go-go, the biography unearths some fascinating lesser-known tidbits.
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"It’s hard, you know temptation and all/Out here trying to see if my relationship’s strong"
"R&B is definitely diluted. We’re in the most ratched period of R&B music ever...Far too many times, we accept what we shouldn’t instead of fighting for what we deserve."
"Promoters steal photos for flyers. I don’t want to work on something that I consider art and have it cut up for a flyer."
Yung Gleesh is the jester of the DMV hip-hop scene. He rhymes in a barely intelligible slur, he’s prone to doing the robot in his videos, and he’s not afraid to be a goof. But just as easily as he entertains with the pants-dropping antics he displays in the hilarious “Deuce Mane” video, he delivers [...]
The day Chuck Brown died, fans gathered in front of the Howard Theatre for a sprawling candlelight vigil as outdoor speakers cranked go-go into the streets. Yesterday, on the first anniversary of his death, a more sedate celebration of Chuck’s life unfolded in front of the historic theater as WPGC played classic Chuck songs and vendors [...]
Standout Track: Hip-hop dominates the mixtape, but the lone go-go cut, No. 17, “Go-Go Flow,” is the showstopper. Local legends Stinky Dink and Tony Blunt rhyme with Cal on a classically conga-heavy beat made by keyboardist D-Cleve of The What? Band—Cal’s previous group until he joined Rare Essence last year. The Backyard Band’s Los was [...]
On Aug. 31, 2001, Chuck Brown played one of his annual birthday concerts at the 9:30 Club. It was a kind of go-go carnival; E.U., Backyard Band, and 911 opened for the Godfather. (The whole thing would later be released as a double album and DVD.) My uncle had done some legal work for Brown, so [...]
Go-go doesn't usually grab headlines the way it has over the last two weeks. First, there was the news that Chuck Brown has been sidelined by pneumonia. And this week came word of a lawsuit against the Beastie Boys filed by TufAmerica, a group that oversees the rights to songs by Trouble Funk. The timing was [...]
The biggest go-go bands can be like small companies: Personnel comes and goes, but the overall brand generally retains its standing. Occasionally, however, a lineup change is a Really Big Deal in go-go circles, like rapper Killa Cal's recent decision to leave the WHAT? band and take his firm verbals to Rare Essence, one of the [...]