Saturday, October 22, 2011


Kelis Rogers is an artist with her own style; her voice has a different sound on each song. Kelis was born on August 21, 1980 in Harlem, New York, she was raised by her Puerto Rican-Chinese mother, a fashion designer,and her African American father was a Pentecostal Minister and jazz musician. Kelis started off singing in the church choir and the Girls Choir of Harlem. Kelis attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Arts and Performing Arts in Manhattan, while there she played the saxophone, violin and piano. When she graduated with the help of the Neptunes production team she formed a band and landed a record deal. Kelis’s debut “Kaleidoscope” was released in 1999 this album sold 249,000 copies to date, her single “Caught Out There“, peaked to Number 9 on the Bill Board Hot R&B chart, I like that song it made me feel like saying that sometimes.. Her third album hit single “Milkshake” from the “Tasty” album was nominated for a Grammy in 2004 that was a popular song it was catchy I remember singing it. Kelis album “Flesh Tone” in my opinion is not so good but it has two songs I like are.  “Acapella” and “4th Of July.” This album is high energy, I guess if you’re a Kelis Rogers fame you might like it. Check Kelis out on Streetwise Radio.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Dance Styles Over The Years

Dance styles really have changed over the years and the music as well. Dancers have added their own flavor to it to make it more up to date. I remember back in the day at school talent shows or at party’s you had dance groups Popping and Locking to the sounds the Gap Band and Parliament Funkadelic. Popping started in Los Angeles California in 1960s- 1970s, it is one of the original funk styles of street dance. If you don’t know what Popping is, “it’s based on the technique of quickly contrasting and relaxing muscles to cause a jerk in the dancer’s body, referred to as a pop or hit, this done continuously to the rhythm of a song in combination with various movements and poses.” Then there was Hip-hop dance, which was a combination of popping, locking and break dancing. Hip-hop dancing is freestyle dance with a lot of improvising; dancers would battle each other to see who had the better moves. Hip-Hop dancing is more than 30 years old. The professional dance crews like Rock Steady Crew, The Lockers, and the Electric Boogaloos were instrumental in the evolution of hip-hop music. Youngsters today are doing these dances called the Jerkin and Hyphy. The Jerkin is a dance that is truly for the young, it gained popularity since 2009. Jerkin started on the streets Los Angeles California and has become popular on the East Coast , “the dance itself consist of moving your legs in and out called the “jerk”, and doing other moves such as the “reject”, “dip” and “pin drop”.  As this dance continued to grow, two rap groups wrote songs for this dance the New Boyz wrote “You’re a Jerk” and Audio Push wrote “Teach Me How to Jerk”. The hyphy dance is another dance that the youngsters do; it originated in the Bay Area California. It is a dance where their dancing out of control and again doing some amazing moves with there bodies, all this dancing is done to hip hop music. Wow! You have to be in good shape to do what these youngsters are doing. I am wondering what the new dance  youngsters will be a year from now.