Music

3/3/24 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Kirk Franklin- He Reigns the Medley at the 33rd Dove Awards (2021)

Kirk Franklin – “He Reigns (The Medley)” live from the 2003 GMA Dove Awards (2021) featuring an introduction by Kurt Warner. Continue reading

3/1/24 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Roberta Flack – Killing Me Softly

Killing Me Softly is by Roberta Flack, released on August 1, 1973, by Atlantic Records. She recorded the album with producer  Joel Dorn for eighteen months.The album was dedicated to Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Continue reading

2/29/24 O&A NYC BLACK HISTORY THROWBACK THURSDAY: James Brown- Say it Loud I’m Black and Proud

Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud performed by James Brown and written with his bandleader Alfred Pee Wee Ellis was released as a two-part single in 1968. The single held the number-one spot on the R&B singles chart for six weeks, and peaked at number ten on the Billboard… Continue reading

2/26/24 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: The Weeknd, Madonna, Playboi Carti – Popular

Popular is by The Weeknd, Playboy Carti and Madonna. It was released on June 2, 2023, through XO and Republic Records, originally serving as the second single from The Idol Vol.1, the now scrapped soundtrack album to the Weeknd’s HBO’s television series,The Idol. Continue reading

2/23/24 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Josh Levi – Birthday Dance

Josh Levi born Joshua Levi Bolden is an R&B artist, actor and dancer from Houston,Texas. He first gained attention for his role in the NBC television series Friday Night Lights. Continue reading

2/22/24 O&A NYC BLACK HISTORY MONTH THROWBACK THURSDAY: If Lovin You Is Wrong I Don’t Want To Be Right

Luther Thomas Ingram was R&B and Soul artist. His most successful record,If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don’t Want To Be Right, reached No. 1 on the Billboard R&B Chart and No. 3 on the Hot 100 in 1972. Continue reading

2/18/24 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Carrie Underwood – Great Is Thy Faithfulness ft. CeCe Winans

Listen to this beautiful rendition of the popular hymn Great Is Thy Faithfulness performed by Carrie Underwood and CeCe Winans. It will give you chills! Continue reading

2/17/24 SATURDAY MORNING CONCERT: Nina Simone Live in Holland ’65 & England ’68

Our O&A NYC Saturday Morning Jazz Concert features the legendary the jazz pianist/vocalist Nina Simone. It was filmed in Holland for the VARA television Dutch television,  Dec. 25, 1965, and in England for the ITN television program, Sound of Soul, Sept. 14, 1968.  Continue reading

2/17/24 O&A NYC GOING BACK TO AFRICA WITH WALESTYLEZ: Flavour – Big Baller

Nigerian highlife artist Flavour has released his much-anticipated single Big Baller.Big Baller is the lead single on the Flavour’s upcoming album, African Royalty. Continue reading

2/15/24 O&A NYC BLACK HISTORY MONTH THROWBACK THURSDAY: The Stylistics – You Make Me Feel Brand New (Soul Train)

In 1966, The Stylistics was formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by combining local high school rivel singing groups, The Percussions and The Monarchs. When members from each of the groups answered the then United States draft call and higher education endeavors after graduation, the remaining members under the guidance of English teacher,… Continue reading

2/13/24 O&A NYC VALENTINE’S SONG OF THE DAY: Bob Marley – No Woman, No Cry (Official Video)

One of Bob Marley’s most enduring songs, “No Woman No Cry” is a call to a woman in his life to be positive and not to worry about the bad times originally from the 1974 album Natty Dread.   Continue reading

2/12/24 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY SPECIAL: Usher – Nice and Slow

Nice and Slow is by R&B artist Usher’s second album, My Way. Released on January 6, 1998 by LeFace and Arista, the song became Usher’s first number-one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.The song was written by Usher, Brian Casey of the R&B group Jagged Edge, Manuel Seal Jr. and… Continue reading

2/11/24 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Ryan Toby “Oh Happy Day” Sister Act 2

Ryan Toby “Oh Happy Day” in Sister Act 2 opposite Whoopi Goldberg and Lauren Hill. Good times and good memories. Continue reading

2/10/24 O&A NYC DANCE REVIEW: Philadanco at the Joyce

By Walter Rutledge The Philadelphia Dance Company, better known by its sobriquet Philadanco, is having a stellar New York City season at the Joyce Theater.  The all-to-short four-day five performance series will conclude to today Saturday, February 10 with two performances: a 2pm family matinee and an 8pm finale. The… Continue reading

2/8/24 O&A NYC VALENTINE BLACK HISTORY MONTH THROWBACK THURDAY: Billy Preston & Syreeta Wright- With You I’m Born Again

With You I’m Born Again a 1979 duet performed by Motown recording artists Billy Preston and Syreeta Wright (credited as Syreeta) and written by Carol Connors and David Shire. The song was originally featured on the soundtrack of the 1979 motion picture Fast Break. It was became an international hit… Continue reading

2/6/24 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Usher ft. Pheelz – Ruin

Usher and Pheelz have teamed up for the music video Ruin. Described as an Afrobeats and Amapiano-infused R&B track  the Pheelz produced tune finds the two musicians wondering where a promising romance took a turn for the worst. Continue reading

2/4/24 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize is a traditional song Gospel Plow also know as Hold On. The song became influential during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s. Continue reading

2/2/24 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: It Don’t Mean a Thing! Phyllis Hyman, Hinton Battle and Gregg Burge.

On March 1 1981, Sophisticated Ladies debuted on Broadway. The show run for 767 performances  and garnered two Tony Awards for Willi Kim for Best Costume and Hinton Battle for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical. It Don’t Mean a Thing! featuring the sultry Phyllis Hyman, Hinton Battle… Continue reading

2/2/24 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Tyla – Truth or Dare

Truth or Dare is by South African Pop artist Tyla from her upcoming debut studio album Tyla. It was released on December 1, 2023 by Fax and Epic Records, alongside the songs Butterflies. Continue reading

2/1/24 O&A NYC BLACK HISTORY MONTH THROWBACK THURSDAY : Cab Calloway- Minnie the Moocher

Minnie the Moocher is a jazz-scat song first recorded in 1931 by Cab Calloway and His Orchestra, selling over a million copies.”Minnie the Moocher” is most famous for its nonsensical ad libbed (“scat”) lyrics (for example, “Hi De Hi De Hi De Ho”). Continue reading

1/31/24 O&A NYC WALESTYLEZ HIP HOP WEDNESDAY: Travis Scott – I Know ?

I Know ? is by Hip Hop artist Travis Scott. Originally released on July 28, 2023 as a track from his fourth studio album Utopia via Cactus Jack and Epic Records. With a nerve-jangling piano instrumental, the song was written by Travis Scott, Oz, Coleman, Buddy Ross, Kobe Hood and… Continue reading

1/28/24 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir – More Than Anything (Live)

Music video by The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir performing More Than Anything (Live).  Continue reading

1/27/24 O&A NYC ITS SATURDAY- ANYTHING GOES: Aunt Viv’s Got The Moves (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)

Aunt Viv (Vivian Banks) hits the big 4-0 and decides to become a dancer. She takes class with teacher Roumel Reaux and has the legally blonde Thomas Halstead in class.  Continue reading

1/26/24 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Chris Rudd’s Touché featuring Calvin Royal III and João Menegussi

Touché, a work for two dancers, explores the themes of male love. The pas de deux was created by Chris Rudd and featured dancers danced by Calvin Royal III (Adam) and João Menegussi (Steve). Continue reading

1/26/24 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Chlöe, Chris Brown – How Does It Feel

How Does It Feel is by r&b artist Chlöe featuring Chris Brown. It was released on February 24, 2023 as the second single and seventh track from her debut studio album, In Pieces. Continue reading

1/25/24 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Deniece Williams – Free

Singer June Deniece Williams has been described as “one of the great soul voices” by the BBC. Free was her  first music video. Continue reading

1/22/24 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Claudine (1974) Starring Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones

Claudine is a 1974 American romantic comedy-drama film, directed by John Berry. Claudine was written by Lester Pine and Tina Pine, starring James Earl Jones, Diahann Carroll and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs.  The film was released on April 22, 1974, grossing about $6 million, a modest hit for the times. It was… Continue reading

1/22/24 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Jennifer Lopez – Can’t Get Enough

Can’t Get Enough is by R&B artist Jennifer Lopez. It was released on January 12, 2024, by Nuyorican Productions and BMG as the first single from her upcoming ninth studio album This Is Me Now.  Continue reading

1/21/24 O&A NYC DANCE REVIEW: Ronald K. Brown /Evidence

By Walter Rutledge Ronald K. Brown /Evidence presented their 2024 New York season January 16 through 21 at the Joyce Theater. The nine-member ensemble offered two works Walking Out the Dark (2001) and Torch (2012). The program provided an overview of the range and diversity of choreographer Brown and his… Continue reading

1/19/24 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Four Corners- Ronald K. Brown and Evidence: A Dance Company

Ronald K. Brown’s Four Corners was originally commissioned for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2014. Dancers depict spiritual seekers amid four angels standing on the corners of the earth, holding the four winds. Continue reading

1/18/24 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra – Take The A Train (1962)

Take the A Train is a Jazz standard by Billy Strayhorn that was the signature tune of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Continue reading

1/14/24 O&A NYC O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Dizzy Gillespie Quintet – (Jazz 625) 1966

Humphrey Lyttelton and Neneh Cherry introduces a session by trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie accompanied by Rudy Collins, Christopher White, Kenny Barren and James Moody. Continue reading

1/11/23 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY SPECIAL: Mary J. Blige – Everything

Everything is by the Queen Of Hip Hop and R&B Mary J. Blige.It was written and produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for Mary J.Blige’s third album, Share My World. Happy Birthday to the Queen Of Hip Hop and R&B. Continue reading

1/10/23 O&A NYC WALESTYLEZ HIP HOP WEDNESDAY: DMX ft. Fait Evans – I Miss You

I Miss You is by DMX released as the third and final single from his fourth album The Great Depression. It features R&B artist Faith Evans. Happy Belated Birthday! Continue reading

1/7/23 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Nicole C Mullen- Redeemer- Live At The 32nd Dove Awards)

Michael W Smith introduces Nicole C Mullen and The Nashville Super Choir  in their rendition of Redeemer live from the 2001 GMA Dove Awards. Continue reading

1/6/23 O&A NYC ITS SATURDAY- ANYTHING GOES: Carnival – Debbie Allen- Fame TV Series

Carnival is written by Henry Thompson & Vanessa Dale and is performed by Debbie Allen, from the season 1 of the hit television series Fame episode The Crazies. Continue reading

1/6/23 O&A NYC SATURDAY MORNING CONCERT: Cynthia Erivo Live- The Royal Albert Hall London (August 2022)

Cynthia Erivo said she was “overwhelmed” by the audience’s ecstatic response during her 2022 concert at  Royal Albert Hall, London. “I’ve done the Hollywood Bowl, the Grammys, but this was the biggest, here in my home town,” Continue reading

1/6/23 O&A NYC GOING BACK TO AFRICA WITH WALESTYLEZ: Tems – Me and U

Me & U is by Afrobeat artist Tems and released through RCA Records.Written and produced by both Guilty Beatz and Tems, It marks her first solo body of work since her extended play  If Orange Was a Place. Continue reading

1/3/23 O&A NYC DANCE REVIEW: The Genius of Alvin Ailey

By Walter Rutledge Another bout of Covid (our third slow dance) prevented me from seeing the new works presented during the first and second weeks of the Ailey season. When Covid and I finished our Rumba, I attended an All-Ailey matinee featuring four works, Night Creature, Cry, Survivors and Revelations.… Continue reading

1/1/24 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Cynthia Erivo performs Alfie for Dionne Warwick at 46th Kennedy Center Honors

Cynthia Erivo brings down the house with her soulful rendition of Alfie in a heartfelt tribute to 2023 Honoree Dionne Warwick at the 46th Kennedy Center Honors. Continue reading

1/1/24 O&A NYC THE MORNING FUNNIES: Rot In Hell (Donald Trump Silver Bells song parody)

It wouldn’t be the holiday season without Donald Trump sending his traditional Christmas message: “Rot in Hell. Again, Merry Christmas”. Meanwhile, rumors of his horrendous smell persist. Continue reading

12/31/23 O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ: Miles Davis- We Three Kings

A special Miles Davis moment when he performed We Three Kings. Continue reading

12/31/23 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Now behold the Lamb

Now behold the Lamb,  is the most published song in hymnal collections, appearing first in the album Kirk Franklin and the Family Christmas (1995). Continue reading

12/26/23 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: Merry Christmas, Your Man Is A Bum

Merry Christmas, Your Man Is A Bum is a little more holiday cheer. Continue reading

12/15/23 O&A NYC THE MORNING FUNNIES: Girl Bye! – Whitney Houston Parody

Girl Bye! was written by Joshua Gilyard and sung by Chelsea Regina. Continue reading

12/13/23 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: Mr Hankey The Christmas Poo Song

Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo is the ninth episode of the first season of the animated television series South Park. It originally aired on Comedy Central in the United States on December 17, 1997. In the episode, the Jewish character Kyle feels excluded from the town’s celebrations during Christmas, and… Continue reading

12/9/23 O&A NYC GOING BACK AFRICA WITH WALESTYLEZ: Tems – Not An Angel

Grammy award winning Tems is closing at the year with a new track, Not An Angel. The track was written by the Nigerian singer herself and co-produced alongside hitmaker Sarz. It’s also the second song Tems has written and released as a solo artist. Continue reading

12/8/23 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Chris Brown – This Christmas

R&B artist Chris Brown has released 11 albums, 1 collaborative album, 1 extended play, 9 mixtapes, 61 singles including 36 as a featured artist and guest appearances and 26 promotional singles. Continue reading

12/7/23 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY SPECIAL: The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) (Duet with John Legend)

Capitol Records release A Sentimental Christmas With Nat “King” Cole and Friends: Cole Classics Reimagined on October 29. Inspired by the historic live virtual Unforgettable duet performance by John Legend, the new album weaves restored Nat King Cole vocal recordings with new arrangements and contemporary vocalists to create a beautiful collection… Continue reading

12/6/23 O&A NYC WALESTYLEZ HIP HOP WEDNESDAY: Cam’ron Freestyles To Start The Show Off

  Cameron Ezike Giles  better known by his stage name Cam’ron is a Hip Hop artist. Beginning his career in the mid-1990s as Killa Cam, Giles signed to Lance Un Rivera’s Untertainment an imprint of Epic Records and released his first two studio albums Confession of Fire and Sports Drugs and… Continue reading

12/5/23 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Brandy – Christmas Party for Two

Brandy has kicked off the holiday season early with her first-ever original Christmas song, Christmas Party for Two.The lead single off her Christmas With Brandy album, which is set to drop on November 10 on Motown Records, gets fans into the full Yuletide spirit with a little bit of a… Continue reading

12/1/23 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Keke Palmer Shakes Her Hips To Janelle Monáe’s Energetic Performance | Soul Train Awards ‘23

Janelle Monáe not only opened the 2023 BET Soul Train Awards hosted by Keke Palmer, but also took home the inaugural Spirit of Soul Awards. Continue reading

11/24/23 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Dear Quincy- Carmen De Lavallade and Wesley Fata

Carmen de Lavallade dancing to Quincy Jones’s “Soul Bossa Nova” with Wesley Fata on November 16, 1968. Ms. de Lavallade’s late husband, the great Geoffrey Holder, choreographed this piece This is jut an excerpt of a much longer dance. Continue reading

11/22/23 O&A NYC WALESTYLEZ HIP HOP WEDNESDAY: Drake – First Person Shooter ft. J. Cole

First Person Shooter is by Drake featuring J.Cole. It was released through OVO Sound and Republic Records as the fourth single from Drake’s eighth studio album, For All The Dogs on November 15, 2023.Drake and Cole wrote the song with producers Boi-1da, Tay Keith, FnZ, OZ and Coleman alongside Snorre Tidemand. Continue reading

11/20/23 O&A NYC THEATRE- REVIEW: Hadestown- Sometimes True Love Can Be Hell.

By Walter Rutledge Recently I had the extreme pleasure to see the Broadway smash hit Hadestown at the Walter Kerr Theater. The 2019 eight-time Tony Award winning musical is still wowing audiences with Anais Mitchell’s incredible lyric music score and touching book featuring dual love stories. Before we talk about… Continue reading

11/20/23 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Lucky Daye – That’s You

Lucky Daye has returned with a new single, That’s You. The track arrives as his first release of the year, following his third studio album Candytrip.For the single, Daye linked up with another force in the R&B space: Bruno Mars. Rather than appearing on the song, however, Mars served as its… Continue reading

11/18/23 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Tye Tribbett – Only One Night Tho

Grammy-winning gospel artist Tye Tribbett gets the crowed fired up with a live performance of his song Only One Night Tho. Continue reading

11/18/23 O&A NYC GOING BACK TO AFRICA WITH WALESTYLEZ: Asake & H.E.R. – Lonely At The Top (Acoustic)

YBNL star Asake has released the official video for an acoustic remix of his single Lonely At The Top with R&B artistH.E.R.Produced by Blaisebeatz, the original song was released as part of the singer’s Work of Art album in June 2023. Continue reading

11/17/23 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Mariah the Scientist – From A Woman

  Mariah Amani Buckles known professionally as Mariah the Scientist, is a Pop artist and songwriter. She released her debut studio project Master, on August 23, 2019, with her now former labels, Tory Lanez label’s One Umbrella and RCA Records: however, she now independently releases music through her own label, Buckles… Continue reading

11/16/23 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Big Mama Thornton – Hound Dog and Down Home Shakedown (1965)

Willie Mae Thornton better known as Big Mama Thornton because of her height (nearly 6 feet), and weight (200 pounds), was an American singer and songwriter of the Blues and R&B.  Continue reading

11/15/23 O&A NYC WALESTYLEZ HIP HOP WEDNESDAY: Killer Mike ft. CeeLo Green – Down By Law

In honor of the milestone Killer Mike has shared a brand new video for the album’s lead track and mission statement Down By Law featuring CeeLo Green.Shane Smith directed visual is especially fitting for the occasion an ebullient tribute to the city of Atlanta that portrays Mike meeting and celebrating among… Continue reading

11/13/23 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Shenseea – Beama (feat. Lola Brooke)

Shenseea has  tapped Lola Brooke to join her on her newest single, Beama. The London On Da Track-produced tune received visual treatment from Sam Brave, where Shenseea’s signature  Caribbean twang meets Brooke’s hardcore New York sound.  Continue reading

11/11/23 O&A NYC ITS SATURDAY- ANYTHING GOES: Rachid Alexander Male Belly Dancer

Rachid Alexander was born on Curaçao and is a trained oriental dancer. Now residing in The Netherlands, he is one of Europe’s most sought after male belly dancers.  Continue reading

11/11/23 O&A NYC GOING BACK TO AFRICA WITH WALESTYLEZ: Davido – Unavailable Sean Paul and DING DONG Remix – ft. Musa Keys

Nigerian music mogul, singer, songwriter, Afrobeat maestro and Grammy Award winner Davido releases a vibrant visual for his smash track Unavailable with Sean Paul and Ding Dong remix. Continue reading

11/10/23 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Rotimi – Bestie

Bestie is Rotimi’s first solo song release of the year. It’s his first proper single since I Do, which appeared on both the standard and deluxe versions of his debut album, All or Nothing released in 2021.  Continue reading

11/9/23 0&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Seal – Kiss From A Rose

Kiss from a Rose is by British – Nigerian Pop artist Seal. The song was first released as a single in July 1994 by ZTT and Warner Bros., and included in the film The Never Ending Story III that year. It was re-released a year later in 1995 as part of the… Continue reading

11/8/23 O&A NYC WALESTYLEZ HIP HOP WEDNESDAY: DJ Kay Slay – Rolling 200 Deep

A year and a half after his death, DJ Kay Slay is being honored with the release of the ultimate posse cut in the form of Rolling 200 Deep.The track features 200 rappers, including Snoop Dogg, Ice-T, Raekwon, Run DMC, Bun B, Big Daddy Kane, Kid Capri, Goodie Mob, Styles P,… Continue reading

11/6/23 O&A NYC DANCE REVIEW: Vespers- Paul Taylor Dance Company

By Walter Rutledge The Paul Taylor Dance Company began its sixty-ninth season on Tuesday October 31 at the New York State Theater. The two-week fifteen performance season will offer a total of fourteen works by five choreographers. The season will present a world premieres by Larry Keigwin and Lauren Lovette, the… Continue reading

10/31/23 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Mary J. Blige ft. Vado – Still Believe In Love

Mary J. Blige teams up with Vado for Still Believe In Love, which is produced by DJ Cassidy and Jeff Gitty Gitelman. Continue reading

10/27/23 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Tyla – Water

Water is by South African Pop artist Tyla released through Fax and Epic Records on July 28, 2023 as the lead single from her upcoming debut EP. The song went viral with a dance challenge on Tik Tok and made Tyla the youngest-ever South African and the first South African soloist… Continue reading

10/25/23 O&A NYC WALESTYLEZ HIP HOP PARTY: ByrdGang Bars on I-95 Cypher

The home of the heavy bar spitters, Skills Over Politics that means bring your pen game not your name. This week we pulled up on Jim Jones, him and his team has been hard at work putting together a highly anticipated Byrd Gang Cypher project with some familiar faces. Project… Continue reading

10/24/23 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Omarion – Serious

Omari Ishmael Grandberry  better known by his stage name Omarion, is an R&B artist, singer, songwriter, actor and dancer. He rose to prominence as the lead singer of the boy band B2K. Continue reading

10/22/23 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Jester Hairston- Amen- Salt Lake Tabernacle Choir (1994)

This is an excerpt from Jester Hairston’s appearance in 1994 with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, now called the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. Here is gets part way through Amen when he realizes it is too high. He is 93 years old in this appearance. Continue reading

10/22/23 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Bobbi Storm – We Can’t Forget Him

  Bobbi Storm is a triple threat! She is a singer, dancer and writer. Best known for her wide range of vocal abilities, to her captivating stage presence; Bobbi has been making her name across the globe as a highly demanded and recommended performer. Storm has recently signed a production… Continue reading

10/21/23 O&A NYC GOING BACK TO AFRICA WITH WALESTYLEZ: Chris Brown ft. David, Lojay – Sensational

Nigerian music producer Ikechukwu Clinton Nnaemeka also known as Ragee, has joined forces with producer, Philip Hardwerk Constable to produce Chris Brown’s latest single Sensational.Chris Brown released the impressive single on Friday, featuring Nigerian superstars Davido and Lojay. Continue reading

10/18/23 O&A NYC WALESTYLEZ HIP HOP WEDNESDAY: Timbaland Battles For The Cypher Title With Lola, Lady London, Gloss Up & Bun B | Hip Hop Awards 23

Timbaland goes for the title with his crew Lola Brooke, Lady London, Gloss Up and Bun B. Are you Team Swizz or Team Timbaland? Continue reading

10/15/23 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Lenny Kravitz – TK421

  Lenny Kravitz is butt naked and loving life in the music video for his new single TK421.TK421 is a Prince-esque blast of uproarious funk rock, with Kravitz pinning his sights on pure uncut ecstasy. Continue reading

10/5/23 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, Full Force – I Wonder If I Take You Home

I Wonder If I Take You Home is by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam with Full Force in 1984. Record Producer Kenny Beck discovered the song in a discard bin at Personal Records while looking for songs to include on his debut album with the label. He was so impressed that he created a compilation breaking dancing… Continue reading

10/2/23 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Skarra Mucci ft. Yaniss Odua – Roots Rocks Reggae

 Skarra Mucci is back with a new album due for this autumn and has unveiled a first single entitled Roots Rock Reggae.Skarra Mucci invites his long-time friend Yaniss Odua, with whom he previously scored the hit Raggamuffin School, which has now reached several million streams. Continue reading

9/30/23 O&A NYC SATURDAY MORNING CONCERT: Roberto Bolle and Misty Copeland – Romeo and Juliet

Misty Copeland (Juliet) and Roberto Bolle (Romeo) are joined by a stellar cast of dancers from the Teatro alla Scala in the 2016 production. Continue reading

9/27/23 O&A NYC WALESTYLEZ HIPHOP WEDNESDAY: Conway The Machine Freestyling Before The Bullet Wounds

Demond Price, known professionally as Conway the Machine, a Hip Hop artist from Buffalo, NewYork. Here is an old footage of Conway The Machine freestyling before the bullet wounds. Continue reading

9/27/23 O&A NYC THE MORNING FUNNIES: Midnight Plane To Georgia (Donald Trump Song Parody)

With the deadline rapidly approaching in the Fulton County Georgia RICO case by Fani Willis, Donald Trump will have to jump on a Midnight Plane to Georgia so he can turn himself in. Continue reading

9/25/23 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Mariah Carey ft. Jadakiss,Style P – We Belong Together Remix: Global Citizen: NYC

Five-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Mariah Carey performs  We Belong Together a Desert Storm Remix with Jadakiss and Styles P at Global Citizen Festival: NYC in Central Park on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. Continue reading

9/25/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: The life of Alvin Ailey

Alvin Ailey revolutionized the world of dance by honoring the African American experience, but his journey was not without its struggles. Continue reading

9/17/23 O&A NYC REVIEW: Is Heart of Brick A Black Queer Sex In The City?

By Walter Rutledge The Joyce Theater’s fall 2023 season began September 15 with the interdisciplinary gay romance saga Heart of Brick. The theatrical production combined live vocal music, spoken narrations, voiceovers, dance, lighting and a clean, simple set design to recreate an evening at Langstons, New York City’s oldest Black… Continue reading

9/15/23 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: SZA – Snooze

Snooze is a song by American singer-songwriter SZA from her second studio album, SOS. It was sent to rhythmic contemporary and urban contemporary radio as the sixth single from the album on April 25, 2023. Continue reading

9/14/23 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Barry White – Practice What You Preach

Practice What You Preach is the title of a number-one  R&B single by Barry White, written by Barry White, Gerald Levert, Edwin Nicholas, from White’s 1994 album The Icon Is Love. The hit song spent three weeks at number-one on the R&B chart and reached 18 on the pop chart. Continue reading

9/13/23 O&A NYC WALESTYLEZ HIP HOP WEDNESDAY: Dave East – Thru The Mud

  Dave East introduces a new song titled Thru The Mud.The song touches on themes of loyalty, street life, betrayal and the pursuit of success. Dave East uses vivid lyrics and personal experiences. Continue reading

9/13/23 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: He’s Always a Moron (Billy Joel / She’s Always a Woman song parody)

A fitting music tribute to Orange 45 aka Fulton County Jail  prisoner P01135809.  Continue reading

9/12/23 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Richie Spice – Brown Skin

Richell Bonner better known as Richie Spice, is a Reggae artist. He is a member of the Rastafari movement. Some of his most famous songs include, Brown Skin, Youth Dem Cold Rel Bad, Grooving My Girl, Earth a Run Red and Marijuana. Continue reading

9/8/23 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: French Montana, Swae Lee – Wish U Well ft. Lojay, Jess Glynne

Wish U Well will be the first time French Montana and Swae Lee have connected on a track with just the two of them since 2017’s monster anthem Unforgettable. Continue reading

9/6/23 O&A NYC WALESTYLEZ HIP HOP WEDNESDAY: Fabolous ft. Dave East – Bach To Bach

Fabolous and Dave East reunite on their long-awaited collaboration, Bach To Bach. The track was first teased late last year in a preview of its upcoming video. Continue reading

9/5/23 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Ciara, Lil Baby – Forever

Ciara and Lil Baby encourage a long-burning love on their new collaborative track Forever.The Georgia-bred duo blends their signature styles of R&B and Hip-Hop for the romance affirming song. Continue reading

9/4/23 O&A NYC GOING BACK TO AFRICA WITH WALESTYLEZ: Asake – Lonely At The Top

Asake is a multi-talented Afrobeat artist and YBNL Nation member who has recently released a thrilling version named Lonely At The Top. Continue reading

9/4/23 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY SPECIAL: Beyonce – Pretty Hurts

Pretty Hurts is by Pop artist Beyoncé for her eponymous fifth album. It impacted mainstream radio in the United States on June 10, 2014, as the third single from the album. The song was written by Sia, Ammo and Beyoncé and its production was handled by Beyoncé and Ammo. Happy Birthday to… Continue reading

9/3/23 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Travis Greene ft. Anthony Hamilton – Oil and Water

Multi-Grammy Award nominee Travis Greene’s new studio album, and particularly on its title track with Anthony Hamilton, Greene celebrates the transition, made possible through salvation, from an old way of living to a new and fuller life. That and the metaphors of Oil and Water—two elements united in the act… Continue reading

9/2/23 O&A NYC GOING BACK TO AFRICA WITH WALESTYLEZ: Bayanni ft. Jason Derulo – Ta Ta Ta

Abimbola Oladokun known professionally as Bayanni, is an Afrobeat artist.He signed a record deal with Mavin Records.While growing up, he was moved by musical instruments, which prompted him to learn music because his family are musically talented. Continue reading

9/1/23 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: The Weeknd ft. Future – Double Fantasy

  Double Fantasy is by R&B artist The Weeknd featuring Hip Hop extraodinaire Future. It was released on April 21, 2023, through XO and Republic Records originally serving as the lead single to The Idol Vol. 1, the now scrapped soundtrack album to the former’s HBO drama television series, The… Continue reading

9/21/23 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Whitney Houston – All The Man That I Need (Live at HBO’s Welcome Home Heroes, 1991)

Welcome Home Heroes with Whitney Houston is the first ever solo televised concert and video “The Voice” Whitney Houston. Continue reading

8/30/23 O&A NYC WALESTYLEZ HIP HOP WEDNESDAY: Dababy – Ghetto Girls

Jonathan Lyndale Kirk  known professionally as DaBaby is a Hip Hop artist.  After releasing several mixtapes between 2014 and 2018, he rose to mainstream prominence with his debut album Baby on Baby. Continue reading

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