Remembering Fat Rodney (Washington City Paper)

by Andrew Noz Yesterday marked the twentieth anniversary of rapper Fat Rodney’s tragic murder. Frequently heralded as one of most memorable emcees to ever rock the Go-Gos, Rodney’s life was taken from him at just 21 years old in 1989. Over at my site,, I spoke with Rare Essence’s Andre “Whiteboy” Johnson about Rodney and his legacy: “When he walked into the room he lit the room up. There are a couple of other guys who had done it before, but I don’t think anybody [did] it to the extent that Rodney had done it. So as he walked … Continue reading Remembering Fat Rodney (Washington City Paper)

Black Music Month: The Funk Brothers

In this clip I’m packing back up from where I left off last week beginning Black Music Month with the focus on Earl Van Dyke, Joe Hunter, Johnny Griffith, Eddie Willis, Joe Messina, Robert White, William “Benny” Benjamin, Richard “Pistol” Allen, Uriel Jones, James Jamerson, Bob Babbit, Jack Ashford and Eddie “Bongo” Brown – aka – The Funk Brothers. HERE ARE A FEW CLIPS FROM STANDING IN THE SHADOWS TO CHECK OUT: The Funk Brothers Reuniting Concert… Joan Osborn:… Also, in commemorating Black History Month, I’m doing a give-a-way. To be considered the recipient of the give-a-way, simply … Continue reading Black Music Month: The Funk Brothers