Posts Tagged: Aretha Franklin

How 'Try A Little Tenderness' Got Its Soul (And Lost It)

"Sounds so soulful, don't you agree?"

That's Jay-Z, breaking in to admire the long, pitched-down passage from "Try A Little Tenderness" that opens "Otis," the second official leak from Jay and Yeezy's Watch The Throne. The track on "Otis" alternates between interpolation and staccato bursts, as if torn between literalism (reverence?) and avoiding a lawsuit (its own kind of nostalgia). Since it's 2011, and Otis Redding's estate is well advised of its rights and powers, Redding is credited as a featured artist on the track, a featured role that almost makes it seem like "Otis" is the King of Soul's posthumous tribute to himself, "Unforgettable" minus the filial right, [...]


Who is the Greatest Diva of the Last 25 Years? We Offer Scientific Proof!

By way of eulogy to the dying animal that is the Diva, my crack team of consultants, statisticians and graphic designers have assembled DIVA-OFF 2010, a highly scientific (we used computers!) evaluation of the greatest divas of the past twenty-five years. A list of divas was evaluated on eleven levels of diva-ness, and, because each diva characteristic is not created equal, we scaled the values in the hopes of creating an aggregate diva number that will serve as a reference point for future generations.

Here is why we needed to do this. On April 14, 1998, at the Beacon Theater in New York City, VH1 put on a [...]


Big Krit, "Dreamin'"

I love everything about this new song and video from the Mississippian rapper Big Krit. I love the echoes of Biggie's "Juicy," and of Aretha's "Daydreaming." I love Krit rhyming into the handle of a mop on the stage in the auditorium of the high school he's janitoring at. I love that terrific soul sample—I wish I knew what it is, but I don't. Big Krit is one of the rappers currently on the cover of XXL's annual "Freshman Class" issue. Here he is rhyming over the classic breakbeat from Billy Squier's "Big Beat," with fellow freshman Meek Mill and Fred Da Godson in an [...]


Because Why Should Your World Make Sense, Here's Video Of Aretha Dueting With Condoleezza Rice On "I Say A Little Prayer"

"Aretha Franklin and Condoleezza Rice teamed up on Tuesday night at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia for a concert to benefit inner-city youth programs and education initiatives." Which, sure, seems like an unusual pairing now, but will be totally forgotten after current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton teams up with Angus Young to perform a very special version of "Whole Lotta Rosie" at daughter Chelsea's wedding this weekend.


It's Really None Of Your Business, But Aretha Franklin Is Feeling Better

"I don't have to talk about my health with anybody other than my doctors. The problem has been resolved … I am not one to do a lot of talking about my personal health or business. There are a lot of people who will talk about anything, as long as there is somebody listening. That's not Aretha." —It's nice to know that after all these years, Aretha Franklin's policy in regards to her doctor visits is the same: she doesn't have time to sit and chit and sit and chit-chat about it. It's even nicer to know that's she's feeling better after last month's news that had she [...]