August 2009


So, it’s been a year since I started popolio.com and kicked it of with my first MY TOP 10 Countdown in September 2008.  Since popolio.com was jumping off, I kicked it off with MY TOP 10: 90s/00s Pop/R&B Diva Music Video Jump-Offs.  Well, this is the twelfth month, so I thought it would create nice symmetry if I presented the men as a bookend to that very first countdown before Year 2 officially begins.  This time around the Div-Os, or Divos, will get the spotlight.

And without further ado, Number 1.

1. Tupac “Brenda’s Got a Baby”
Tupac was poetic and could be romantic as well as derogatory and offensive.  It was when he tapped into his political and equally rebellious and enlightening spirit that he was most potent.  He was an orator that was at the same time detached observor and emoting experiencer or participant. “Brenda’s Got a Baby” is a brutal look at too harsh a reality.  It was his debut single from his debut album, 2Pacalypse Now. It would have been interesting to see what he would have grown into if he would have been allowed time and space to shed off the anger and stubbornness.  I think we would have had a  social-political hip hop leader who would have been the first of his kind.  The BONUS is from his sophomore album, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.  I always liked the gender twist in this video.

***BONUS*** Tupac “Holler If Ya Hear Me”

So, it’s been a year since I started popolio.com and kicked it of with my first MY TOP 10 Countdown in September 2008.  Since popolio.com was jumping off, I kicked it off with MY TOP 10: 90s/00s Pop/R&B Diva Music Video Jump-Offs.  Well, this is the twelfth month, so I thought it would create nice symmetry if I presented the men as a bookend to that very first countdown before Year 2 officially begins.  This time around the Div-Os, or Divos, will get the spotlight.

Two down; one to go.

2. The Notorious B.I.G. “Juicy”
Hip Hop became the dominant force in music from the ’80s and into the ’90s.     Hip hop today is “pop.”  Not that there’s a “poppy” sound there, but it is one of, if not the, dominant genres of mainstream popular music.  At the heart of its story are the Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac.  I heard Jamie Foxx refer to himself and KanYe West as the Batman and Robin of music on TV once.  I think the true Batman and Robin of hip hop were Biggie and Puffy.  Biggie could definitely rhyme and Diddy provided, arguably, some of the best beats in all of hip hop history.  Something about that pairing at that time worked and it started with this single “Juicy” from his debut, Ready to Die.   Now, when someone dies, it does seem to make them a deeper and faster legend than maybe they would have become.  Still, this represents a moment in time that can never be duplicated.  The BONUS, the posthumous “The Notorious B.I.G” from Born Again, is a tribute to Biggie Smalls.  I was impressed when I found out the sample was from Duran Duran BITD.

***BONUS*** Notorious B.I.G. featuring Lil’ Kim and Puff Daddy “Notorious B.I.G.”

So, it’s been a year since I started popolio.com and kicked it of with my first MY TOP 10 Countdown in September 2008.  Since popolio.com was jumping off, I kicked it off with MY TOP 10: 90s/00s Pop/R&B Diva Music Video Jump-Offs.  Well, this is the twelfth month, so I thought it would create nice symmetry if I presented the men as a bookend to that very first countdown before Year 2 officially begins.  This time around the Div-Os, or Divos, will get the spotlight.

Some things came up on the weekend, so I wasn’t able to post Number 3 and 2 then.  So, this countdown will end just how it began — with a three-fer.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy.

3. Eminem “My Name Is”
Whether or not you agree with what he has to say in his songs and how he does things, you can’t deny his talent.  His lyricism and dark comedic cynism connected with the masses straight out the gate (though he did have an independent album prior to his first official commercial release, but I’m not counting it).  And, that’s the difference between him and some of the other Divos on this countdown — It wasn’t after being in a boy band or on a sophomore album.  He’s also held off a few strong contenders from the Number 1 spot both on the album and single charts more than on one occasion.  This is why he’s Number 3.  In this video in particular he hinted at character acting chops.  I still want to see what more he can do hosting an episode of SNL or playing a character totally unlike himself.  The BONUS, “Lose Yourself,” from his acting debut, 8 Mile, showed new maturity and growth, both musically and contextually.

***BONUS*** Eminem “Lose Yourself”

So, it’s been a year since I started popolio.com and kicked it of with my first MY TOP 10 Countdown in September 2008.  Since popolio.com was jumping off, I kicked it off with MY TOP 10: 90s/00s Pop/R&B Diva Music Video Jump-Offs.  Well, this is the twelfth month, so I thought it would create nice symmetry if I presented the men as a bookend to that very first countdown before Year 2 officially begins.  This time around the Div-Os, or Divos, will get the spotlight.

4. Usher “You Make Me Wanna…”
Usher or JT?  Who’s is the Prince of R&B/Dance/Pop?  Did they really have a dance-off some years ago?  Well, Usher one ups JT — on this countdown, anyway.  Like many of the Divos on this countdown, this was not Usher’s first recording, but this is the one that broke through.  This is the first single from his sophomore release, My Way.  The BONUS is “U Remind Me,” the first single from his junior album, 8701.  I really liked this song when it came out.  Looks  like they purposely casted Mya, Brandy, and Tamia look-alikes (in that order) throughout the video and the real Chilli (from fave group, TLC) is featured at the end.  We all know how their story ended up, but we’re not going there.  Enjoy the videos.

***BONUS*** Usher “U Remind Me”

Darci Monet was introduced to popolio last month by way of my LTR (Long Term Review) of her latest release, Fusion, here.  Now, she joins us for a pop quiz.

DMAugust 28, 2009

Name:  Darci Monet
Genre:  Pop/Rock
Latest Release:  Fusion (Self-Released)
Release Date:  May 12, 2009  

This, That, or the Other
1. Underground OR Mainstream? How about Mainstream with an Underground edge?
2. Maintain Artistic Integrity and Vision OR Make a lot of Money? (or both)?? I think these days musicians have the opportunity to do both if they choose to.
3. Studio or Stage? Recording sessions are my favorite thing EVAH.
4. Spirituality or Hedonism? Both.  I’m a Taurus.  We like to thank God for the self-indulgence we are about to commit.
5. Make Love, Have Sex, OR %$*!? When I find time for any of those options, I’ll be sure to let you know. 

Fill in the Blank
6. Music is my therapy.
7. I’m musically inspired by my artist friends, random acts of musicality from toddlers & the occasional broken heart.
8. My favorite old school joint is “Have A Good Time” by Rufus & Chaka Khan
9. If I were super hero I’d be The White Oprah.
10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll should change to Sleep, Cheeseburger, and Ann Wilson.

Short Answer
11. I make music because:  I can’t seem to help it.  I’ve tried to quit many times, but every time it hunts me down and gets in my face.  I’ve finally acquiesced.
12. I want my fans to:  Be moved and blessed by my songs.  And tell their friends to buy my album. 😉
13. If I could share one thing about myself it would be:  I’m as down-to-earth a person as you’ll ever meet…but, I don’t suffer fools gladly.
14. Wild Card!  Here’s a subject:  The baker’s dozen is neither a baker nor a dozen.  Discuss.
15. I want my musical legacy to be:  That I was considered a “modern day poet.”  Perhaps unattainable, but I do try.

                                DM_F                                                                                                            
Listen to Darci Monet’s “Raging” from her latest release, Fusion.  Go to her MySpace Page for more.

Darci Monet’s favorite old school joint!


Editor’s Note:  I couldn’t find a video of just “Have A Good Time,” but I found this medley performance on Soul Train.

So, it’s been a year since I started popolio.com and kicked it of with my first MY TOP 10 Countdown in September 2008.  Since popolio.com was jumping off, I kicked it off with MY TOP 10: 90s/00s Pop/R&B Diva Music Video Jump-Offs.  Well, this is the twelfth month, so I thought it would create nice symmetry if I presented the men as a bookend to that very first countdown before Year 2 officially begins.  This time around the Div-Os, or Divos, will get the spotlight.

5. Justin Timberlake “Cry Me a River”
So, though this was JT’s second single (the first was BONUS video “Like I Love You”) from his solo debut, Justified, I take it as his official jump-off  because it made quite the splash. It tackily interpolated his relationship with Brit-Brit, though.  Hey, this is just one editor’s opinion, but, I can’t deny the success of this video.  He was smart to enlist Timbaland to give his N’ Sync clean-cut boy sound a grittier urban upgrade. 

***BONUS*** Justin Timberlake featuring Clipse “Like I Love You”

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 7:53 PM

To Whom It May Concern:

I’m due for both my July 2009 and August 2009 Letters From the Editor.  I’ll be doing a combo deal this time around.

  • So what went down in July?  Here are the highlights.
    • Reviewed Darci Monet’s Fusion in LTR (Long Term Review) feature here.
    • Featured regularly scheduled pop quizzes for Semantic Noise here and Lights Resolve here
    • Featured special pop quizzes around 2 local events —
      • Monster Girl here and Stephanie SALVO here for The All Austin All Handmade Bash.
      • Started the countdown of  5th Annual Premios Texas 2009 Artist pop quizzes – Bobby Pulido here and VALLEJO here.
    • Counted down MY TOP 10: Mike Jack Collabos in tribute to the King of Pop
  • And in August?
    • Continued the Premios Texas 2009 pop quizzes with Makano here and Anita Benner of Los Bad Apples here.
    • Posted the first of more to come of pics from the Red Carpet of the above event here.
    • Coolooloosh pop quiz here.  Second August pop quiz to post THIS FRIDAY. So stay tuned for that.
    • I’ m in the midst of MY TOP 10: 90s/00s Pop/R&B Divo Music Video Jump-Offs.   This is the twelfth countdown I’ve done so far!  So,  I decided to mirror my very first September 2008 countdown — MY TOP 10: 90s/00s Pop/R&B Diva Music Video Jump-Offs.  Hope you all enjoy it 
  • One Year Anniversary Mixer (09.18.09 in Austin)
    • Most importantly, popolio.com will be one year old next month and we’re throwing an informal low-key event in our own honor. 
    • It’s open and free, but I ask that you RSVP, so that I can get a headcount.   Come celebrate with us. 
    • Check out the flyer here and read the press release here.
  • Mandrake Society Radio Podcast Fifth Season Event  (09.19.09 in Dallas)
    • In conjunction we’ll be celebrating the fifth season of our brother blog, MandrakeSocietyRadio.com, the very next day in Dallas.
    • See that post here.  

This will be a Friday and Saturday evening.  So, I dare you to come out to both events and party with us.  It’s doable.  Hope to see you there.  Can’t wait.

8:18 PM

peace, love & all that jazz

freddie beat
popolio creator/editor

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