Covers Better the 2nd Time, or Nah? (Ep29)

Some things are definitely better the second time around. Others you should just leave alone (like Oreo cookies). Many of your favorite tunes from the last two decades are a remake of a previously recorded track, often times originating in another genre of music. This week in “Covers: Better The 2nd Time or Nah?” Free(@fredaramareva) & Prov(@Prov_Sez) gave us a glimpse into the world of remakes and covers. We also questioned things like, “Should there be such a thing as Hip Hop standards?”.

Help us decide, make it your own or leave it alone? Also, be sure to tune in to #JooksiRadio every Tuesday on at 10am/6pm EST!


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NERD/ The (International) Noise Conspiracy – “Baby Doll”

Nanang Tatang – “17 Days”

Sterling Void & Paris Brightledge/Pet Shop Boys – “It’s Alright”

Slick Rick/Snoop Dogg – “Lodi Dodi”

Bill Withers/Meshell Ndegeocello – “Who is He (And What Is He To You)?”

Janet Jackson/Sharon Jones – “What Have You Done For Me Lately”

Stevie Wonder/Donny Hathaway – “Superwoman”

Dexter Wansel/Loose Ends – “Sweetest Pain”

Johnny Cash/Nine Inch Nails – “Hurt”

Robert Glasper & Patrick Stump/Soundgarden – “Black Hole Sun”

SOS Band/FAMU Marching 100 – “Dit Dit Dit Dash Dash Dash (SOS)”

Crack Era NYC (Ep28)

Last week’s #JooksiRadio episode, “Crack Era New York  City” featured Rakim, NWA, Ice T, & more… Prov(@Prov_sez) & Free(@fredaramareva) discussed this pivotal time period in music and society as we know it. Not a lot of positive things can be said about this era in time. But the art that came from it is undeniable. It served as a vivid narration of the realities and struggles people endured. And also forged a generation of youth  taking their survival into their own hands. The lingering effects of the “war on drugs” is still prevalent in today’s society.

Listen below and be sure to tune in to #JooksiRadio every Tuesday on  at 10am/6pm EST!


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Rakim – Paid In Full

Big Daddy Kane  – Set It Off

Public Enemy – Night of the Living Baseheads

Boogie Down Production – Love’s Gonna Get Ya

NWA – DopeMan

Ice T – New Jack Hustler

Notorious BIG – 10 Crack Commandments

Jay Z – Regrets

Kanye West – Crack Music

Kendrick Lamar – ADHD

#JooksiU Presents: “Straight No Chaser – A No Nonsense Conversation about Jazz”

It’s time for our second installment of Jooksi University!

Everyone made our first class, WTF is Black Music, such a awesome success that we decided to follow it up by delving deeper into a subject we can’t talk enough about…jazz. We’re living in a fertile period of jazz brilliance, so this month we are bringing in accomplished jazz pianist/University of Pennsylvania Musicologist, Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr to help us tune our ears to the sound of jazz today.

Join us for wine + a little talking + a lot of music.

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Nine Artists NOT Named Prince That You Need to See at Essence Music Festival


We all know The Purple One is opening up the 20th Anniversary of Essence Music Festival this year. So you don’t need me to tell you to show up at the Superdome Friday, July 4th, 2014 for that.


One of the things I love most about EMF is that it gives accomplished, rising, super stars, such as Alice Smith and King, the opportunity to shine right alongside proven headliners such as Prince and Mary J. Blige. Essence Music Festival is what Black radio used to be – a glimpse of the diverse sounds of blackness.

As a bonus, check out this week’s episode of Jooksi Radio where we highlight many of these artists.


1. Jesse Boykins III: Thursday July 3 | 7:30 | Main Stage

This brother has been around for years, putting out albums, showing up on features with folks like The Internet and The Foreign Exchange. But with the release of his new album, Love Apparatus, I’m excited to hear that voice and feel his raw stage presence again.



2. Alice Smith: Friday, July 4 | 8:20 |Ford Lounge

You may not know the name, but you’ve probably heard her cover of Ceelo’s “Fool for You.” She kills it. She’s a singer’s sanger and she’ll open her mouth and reach you soul.



3. King: Friday, July 4 | 7:00 | Ford Lounge

These three young women burst onto the scene in 2011 to intense social media fanfare. There was good reason; their three-song EP featured soulful vocals, beautiful harmonies, and tight production. Three years later they’ve opened for Prince, toured with Laura Mvula, and finally dropped their newest single, “Mr. Chameleon.” I’m counting on them riding a high of their album release and delivering a beautiful show at Essence.



4. Janelle Monae: Friday, July 4 | 8:20 | Main Stage

Cindy Mayweather (Janelle’s alter ego) might be the hardest working woman in show business. Fresh off shutting down Prospect Park in Brooklyn and delivering an incredible set at Dave Chappelle’s concert at Radio City Music Hall, Janelle is gonna give you all the energy you want. Trust. I’ve been watching her for years and it’s beautiful to see her come into her own.



5. Stephanie Mills: Friday, July 4th | 8:55 | Coke Super Lounge

The doll herself. How can such a petite woman have such a powerhouse voice? And her catalog runs deep too: “I Feel Good,” “Put a Rush on Me” and “Home.” Get the smelling salts for me once she starts singing “Home” because I’m gonna be slain in the spirit.



6. Nile Rodgers: Friday, July 4 | 9:20 | Main Stage

If this were a couple of years ago folx might try to play Nile Rodgers off as just a “legacy artist,” but last year brother Nile had something most artists and musicians didn’t have…HITS. I’m banking on him giving a sampling of “Get Lucky” alongside “Le Freak” and “Good Times.”



7. Big Sam’s Funky Nation: Saturday July 5th | 7:15 | Verizon Super Lounge

It’s a flagrant violation like this to make a list like this and not include a brass band. And this year Essence has one of the best. Founded by Sammie “Big Sam” Williams who was originally a member of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, they are guaranteed to have us second-lining through the night.



8. Jagged Edge: Sunday, July 6 | 9:25 | Verizon Super Lounge

JE earned a spot on this list one because I really miss R&B groups. Like for real. And when you think about it, JE had songs for days, “Where the Party At?” “Gotta Be,” “Meet Me at the Altar,” and “Walked Right Out of Heaven.” I’m ready to get my hurricane drank on and sing along loudly (but always in tune).



9. Robert Glasper: Sunday, July 6 | 9:35 | Coke Super Lounge

I’m a Glasper fan. Freely admit it. But the great thing about Glasper sets is that you never know who’s going to join in and what surprise song he’s going to slide into his set. This is jazz for the new millennium. This is jazz for our generation and it is not to be missed.


Okay, I gave you nine artists, but I gotta send special shout outs to some of my other faves performing as well: Erykah. Badu, Nas, Lionel Richie, Charlie Wilson, and Jill Scott. Check the full EMF 2014 lineup here.
Be sure to follow along with Jooksi at Essence (#JooksiEMF) and laissez les bon temps rouler!