If there were a Public Service Announcement for the necessity of Black Love, "Made Good" would be it.
"You are called to rise, fly, fall, and sit high again. Men, women, and children yearn for your burn..." says Michael Wayne Turner, III over the staccato piano, and Dia'Amari Adwin's smooth, wordless, vocals.
Their poetry is a tonic long searched for but rarely found; the medicine for the broken black family, an onyx scratched and fragmented. What can be said, except that this is the return to a throne being dusted off by a new generation of unabashed black lovers, black artisans, black GO(L)D.
Where to find them online? That's a tricky one. Looks like you can find most on Michael here and Dia'Amari here.
Every summer, there is a song that will make my phobia of dancing in public unconsciously abate. This summer, it's the return of epic party song maker, Mr. Raymond. From the onset of the drums and bass line, as I sat in my car, station on KMEL, hoping to hear some glimpse of hope in mainstream music, I thought, "WHO IS THIS?!" I assumed it was Justin Timberlake, since the sound is akin to his 20/20 project, but was pleasantly surprised to hear the "OMG" singer at the forefront of this single.
The song's subject matter is as subtle as possible in these lewd and untamed times of songwriting, but we all know what it's about. My only gripe with this song is the dancing... nowwwwwwwwww Usher: we all know you're getting "up there," but MJ was dancing well into his 40s with ease, so I was disappointed to see you getting your "Bruh Man" on... dancing with the slow bop. Who choreographed this?
Other than that, I thoroughly enjoy the song, and feel that it can be a great vehicle to put Usher back on top, where he should be.