Footage from #689Christmas now on #YouTube. Check it out —-> http://youtu.be/GJSFQjydU1U Filmed and edited by @rudekiddesigns @689ByBrianLumley. Props to @stephsingslove, @jaigairy & @cheflumley for planning the show. More live music coming to 689 real soon! —> @mackeehan on Jan 2 | 9:30p | J$1000 <—- Maaaad artist!! #Music #Jamaica
'I Used to Love Her' - Fela Smith ft. Mario Evon
It’s totally coincidental that Nigerian-American Rapper, Fela Smith and I are featured on his new single, ‘I Used to Love Her’, from his soon to be released mixtape. It is also purely coincidental that the single I released earlier this year is titled ‘You Used 2 Love Me’, which has a similar sounding title. And finally Fela has his birthday on October 8 and I have mine on October 9, so it was only fitting for him to release this track to the world at midnight on October 8, 2012 #LibraPower.
I met Fela Smith more than a year ago at an event called ‘Rock the Mic’ in NY, and we kept in contact and eventually he approached me to sing a hook on this cool song. I was more than happy to be a part of the project. There is nothing I respect more than artists who stay on their grind and push to make their dream happen…Truly inspiring. On that note keep an eye out for my album, ‘Reggae-Soul Volume 1: M.E. On Love’ dropping in 2013.
I got the job of singing the Sean Stockman-esque hook on a song that speaks metaphorically about Fela’s loving, falling out of love with and being uncertain of his love love for music. Check out the song below:
This week has been particularly interesting to me, as I have taken the time to observe the places where people come from, and I don’t mean their countries and cities. I’m talking about that place deep inside your soul. That moral compass that influences the decisions you make and the things you say, and quite a few things have happened this week, mainly outside of my life, that reminded me that some people have really defective compasses, and are just down right rotten and nasty. Sometimes we can be so insensitive, rude and judgmental, and the use of social media hasn’t helped the situation.
I’m sure at some point many of us have posted something on Facebook or Twitter that we wish we could take back. Sometimes things that not even the delete button can repair, because the damage would have already been done. For this reason I find that I check myself very often before pressing the SEND or ENTER button. The truth is that just stopping a moment to think before throwing a bomb into cyberspace could really make a difference in someone’s life, jus as stopping to think before you say things directly to people could make a huge difference as well.
I’m floored by the fact that people feel justified to say every and anything about every and anything. I crack a celebrity joke here and there, so I won’t act like I’m a saint, but even in doing so I try to do so as tactfully and tastefully as possible.
Some of the things I’ve seen in my years of using social media really have appalled me and for that reason I know I am going to make sure that I always check myself before I sputter my emotions into cyberspace for the world to see. Not that this wasn’t what I was doing before, but it never hurts to get a reminder.
The rule is simple. If you you wouldn’t want it said to you or a member of your family or your very best friend, then there is no reason why you should feel justified to type it in a Youtube comment box or on Facebook or Twitter.
I do feel like some of us have gotten a little out of control and find some false sense of security behind our cyber-personas. Real people are actually on the receiving end of your verbal and textual daggers, and we really have to exercise more sensitivity to humanity. Who cares if you don’t like her weave or what she chooses to do behind closed doors. If you have an opinion, there is a constructive way to express it, and although this opinion seems extremely valuable to you, it really does not affect the price of rice. Instead you can go create a blog, or something that you can be held accountable for, instead of throwing rabbit punches at people you don’t even know.
When next you are about to make a high and almighty statement judging and condemning someone else, you should really check yourself and decide if it is really right for you to do so, and 9 out of 10 times I’m sure you’ll find that it is not…So please check yoself before you riggidy wreck yoself!
The Random M.E. Singing Video
'I Want You' by Luke James
Here is a performance of ‘I Want You’ by Luke James @whoisLukeJames :
Here is a cover version by a friend of mine Luis Figueroa @IamLuisFigueroa :
Both amazing singers. I’m definitely impressed by that high note all the time. It makes me do my nasty singers face when you hear something intriguing. That good intriguing. Enjoy.
Airto’s Cover of Donny Hathaway’s ‘For All We Know’ (One of my favourite songs of all time)