Power of Soul

N’tuition

So, Miss N’dambi, do you mind that your new album may stir up thoughts of a gap-toothed broadcaster getting it on with one of his employees? “Actually, I wouldn’t,” says N’dambi, on the phone from Los Angeles.

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Power of Soul

Sometimes you just have to face the music. You have to bite down and come to terms with the truth, no matter how painful or unbelievable it may be. Most recently I had to finally accept what I’ve bee…

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New Q

It seems for the past couple of weeks the big news in the music media has been the release of Guns N’ Roses’ long-awaited new album Chinese Democracy. Ever since Axl Rose first announced a GNR album …

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Funny Phonte

When a colleague recently called Phonte Coleman—co-emcee for the North Carolina-based hip-hop group Little Brother—a “cotdang fool,” I couldn’t help but concur. His cotdang-foolishness can current…

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Take It to the Max

Maxwell, you light-skinned bastard! Sorry, was that too harsh? Well, excuse me, but I’m just a little miffed at the fact that I requested a phone interview with the elusive/reclusive singer a few we…

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Power of Soul

For the last quarter of the year, this lovely lady of an undisclosed age (“You should know better not to ask a woman her age,” she says to me over the phone—obviously, she has no idea who the hell I…

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Power of Soul

Nikka Costa—the wild-haired, funk/soul-singing white girl (and daughter of the late producer/Frank Sinatra arranger Don Costa) who can work a mike stand like a baton-twirler—won my heart with the a…

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Power of Soul

Full disclosure: I may very well be in love with Raphael Saadiq. I’ve actually interviewed him once before, when the former Tony! Toni! Ton�! frontman dropped his solo debut Instant Vintage in 2002. …

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Power of Soul

Kanye West has had quite a week. Last Thursday he and his bodyguard got arrested at LAX for suspicion of vandalism after they attacked a photographer and smashed his camera. (Of course the whole inci…

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Power of Soul

Barack Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention a couple of weeks ago was indeed a thing of wonder. He hit all the right spots when it came to goosing up that jam-packed Mile High Stadium…

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