Have you ever been in the gym, and your song comes on? You are suddenly able to power through without any hesitation, right? It’s exhilarating! There are some musicians who have made music for the gym, and others who have made fitness part of their brand. On this episode of Queue Points, we’re discussing artists who have been on the forefront of the fitness revolution.
In this show we also remember André Leon Talley's influence on our lives, as well as share our top six hip-hop workout songs.
In the early 1980s, as hip-hop as a cultural juggernaut was taking shape, talented and diverse acts were springing up from New York City and the surrounding areas. Three acts that emerged in 1983 went on to help shape the future of the culture, by being among some of the first to crossover to mainstream Pop success. For this show we’ll honor the influence of Whodini, UTFO and The Fat Boys.
Azealia Banks' name is often synonymous with controversy, given her busy Twitter fingers. But, also, in her decade on the scene she’s made innovative and influential hip-hop and pop music. This episode, we are diving into Banks’ musical output so far and sharing some of our highlights.
So the numbers are in, and you watched over 10,000 minutes of Queue Points on Facebook! We are so grateful, and for this wrap up we decided to compile moments from your favorite shows to end 2021. Did your favorite make the list?
For the last live Queue Points this year, we were joined by L. Michael Gipson and Ann Marie "amc" Collymore of the upcoming podcast The Gipson Gazette. Michael and Ann Marie told us all about their upcoming podcast. We dove into the conversation about Black music Christmas classics. We discussed these songs, and their significance in our lives. We’ll also talked about 2021, and what we’re looking forward to in 2022.
As the year winds down, Rolling Stone has released their top 50 songs of the year. The Queue Points crew has gone through them, and we have thoughts on some of their choices. Watch this show as we review their list. What is your favorite song of 2021? Did it make the list?
Throughout history there have been musical artists who achieved what seemed impossible. After mega hits, millions of dollars made and the world at their feet, some of them experienced an intense backlash. Some careers were ruined, and some were temporarily derailed. This conversation is about some artists who fell from public grace.
We also honor singer/songwriter Blackberri who we learned is in the process of transitioning this week. We also honor the memory of Greg Tate and Robbie Shakespeare, who both passed this week.
The unfortunate passing of fashion designer Virgil Abloh has saddened the QP crew. This week we are talking about iconic fashion brands of hip-hop. These are the brands that were not only made by hip-hop, but made hip-hop iconic.
We discuss the important legacies of Cross Colors, Karl Kani, Walker Wear and Maurice Malone and his Detroit store The Hip Hop Shop.
I bet you thought we didn't have you covered on Thanksgiving! WRONG! We absolutely brought Queue Points to you for our Thanksgiving special, and y'all it was really special. We discussed the holidays and played some of our favorite Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade performances through the years, including performances from Vanessa Williams, Stephanie Mills and Melba Moore.
We jumped into a conversation about the 2022 GRAMMY nominations, and what we're looking forward to. We also discussed holiday specials airing, what we loved in the past and what we're looking forward to.
Jay Ray and Sir Daniel lost it when they heard about the upcoming Verzuz featuring the legends Chaka Khan and Stephanie Mills. On this episode, the two discuss the important legacies of these two performers.
They are joined by the incomparable Singer/Songwriter Kipper Jones, who hung out for the entire night, while the Verzuz watch party happened. Kipper tells the super fun story of how Chaka hit the high note in the studio during the recording of "Somethin' Deep."
As a note, this episode ends once the watch party portion commences.
On this episode Jay Ray checks in on his recent #COVID19 diagnosis, and the benefits of vaccination. The two also remember and honor the lives lost in the #Astroworld tragedy. They shine a light on Heavy D and Puff Daddy's AIDS charity basketball game crowd stampede tragedy that happened in December, 1991.
For the show's main topic, in November, 1996, the course of women in rap radically shifted. On November 12, Lil Kim's "Hard Core" dropped and on November 19th, Foxy Brown's "Ill Na Na" dropped. The houses they built still reverberate throughout music today. Listen to this show as Jay Ray and Sir Daniel dive into it.
With 41 top 10 hits in the US alone, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis' impact on music can't be overstated. On this show we are joined by producer/engineer and vinyl selector, Daryle (@justdaryle) to discuss their impact. Also, the 2021 American Music Awards nominations came out recently, and we have a question "what counts as R&B today?" Join in for this joyous, informative and fun discussion.