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March 2016

3 Things you Didn’t Know about Marvin Gaye’s ‘Whats Going On’

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The What’s Going On album was released in 1971, but shelved by Motown records and Berry Gordy for months in fear of poor record sales. As Marvin Gaye grew anxious to release the album, he would often perform song after song at Detroit’s historic Baker’s Lounge, the world’s oldest operating jazz club.

The simplicity and humility of Marvin Gaye’s state of mind while making What’s Going On impacted the world. The album cover was shot in the backyard of his home off Outer Dr. & Livernois on a rainy fall day.

Comedian Richard Pryor attributes Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On album as the catalyst to his more honest and unapologetic brand of comedy, exploring race, sex, and American society. Prior to the release of What’s Going On, Pryor’s comedy followed the styling of Bill Cosby. Upon Pryor’s purchase of the album, he listened to the album six plays through in totality, which led to Pryor becoming recognized by many as the greatest comedian ever.

In recognition of the revolutionary sound, this Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 6PM at Tony V’s Tavern (5756 Cass Ave Detroit MI), Detroit Hip-hop artist Khary WAE Frazier will be joined by Joe “Pep” Harris of The Undisputed Truth for a musical celebration of the radical legacy of Motown. The Undisputed Truth became well known after the 1971 #1 single “Smiling Faces”, produced by Norman Whitfield. Frazier will blend his brand of Hip-hop with the Soul of the city to perform Motown Message: a Revolution in Song. Tickets and information available online at www.detroitisdifferent.com

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3 Things You Didn’t Know about Motown #1 1971 Hit ‘Smiling Faces’ of Norman Whitfield

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Norman Whitfield originally recorded a version of “Smiling Faces” with the Temptations. Whitfield rearranged, produced, and composed the song for Undisputed Truth. The layering of female lead and male lead vocals led the transition of this song.

Undisputed Truth lead singer Joe “Pep” Harris was a member of the Ohio Untouchables when he first joined Motown Records to become a member of the Undisputed Truth. When the Undisputed Truth charted with the #1 Hit song ‘Smiling Faces,’ Harris was dropped by the Ohio Untouchables. The Ohio Untouchables later that year in 1971 became the Funk super group the Ohio Players.

In 1971 Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On won Grammys in all categories except for Song of the Year, which was awarded to the Undisputed Truth’s “Smiling Faces”.

In recognition of the revolutionary sound, this Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 6PM at Tony V’s Tavern (5756 Cass Ave Detroit MI), Detroit Hip-hop artist Khary WAE Frazier will be joined by Joe “Pep” Harris of The Undisputed Truth for a musical celebration of the radical legacy of Motown. The Undisputed Truth became well known after the 1971 #1 single “Smiling Faces”, produced by Norman Whitfield. Frazier will blend his brand of Hip-hop with the Soul of the city to perform Motown Message: a Revolution in Song. Tickets and information available online at www.detroitisdifferent.com

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IT in the D episode 137 Falling Down Beer Co!

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This week on IT in the D episode 137 of the podcast is upon us all. The word of today is ‘BEER!’ Mark Larson of Falling Down Beer Company joins the show with Stephen from Batch Brewery to talk the collaboration brew. Also it’s the Third Anniversary for Falling Down Beer Company as Mark is the 1st guest on the preview show. New Line Group are also guests and Bob and Dave talk Batman vs. Superman.

Tiki’s Treasures & Teresa Singelton

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Tiki’s Treasures is a clothing reseller of wears and goods of high end fashion. Teresa Singleton is the owner of Tiki’s Treasures. Teresa is a lifelong Detroit resident and who bought a space in her 48208 neighborhood to open her business. Her business is across the street from the historic Motown Museum and will welcome guests from across the world to buy the fashions she curates as a reseller. The mix of shoes, coats, handbags, and accessories Teresa’s collected for years.  Watch the interview and find out more about Teresa, Tiki’s Treasures, and her business in her childhood community.

Business Ideas and Action Website Development

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This week on Business Ideas & Action Business Ideas & Action Karen Dumas delivers great perspective as to the advantages and approach to take towards website development in business. Also join Karen Dumas Friday April 1 2016 for Coffee and Conversation at Will Leather Goods in Detroit’s Midtown. This inaugural event will be covered by Detroit is Different.


 

 

Khary WAE Frazier’s 2016 Detroit Music Awards Nomination

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I’d (Khary WAE Frazier) like to thank everyone for their support and love of what I’m building in business and creativity. That’s why I’m humbled to announce I’ve been nominated for a 2016 Detroit Music Award for Rap composer. I’ve always connected with the rhythm of rap but the lyrics have had the largest impact on my life. I’m glad there are people that appreciate the effort I put into my lyricism.

I began with little or no direction performing and writing rap music. Later I wrote and performed music that had a comedic or ironic voice. This transitioned into the social/economic scope that has led to the fulfilled vision where I stand as a hip-hop lyricist today.

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I’m still in awe that anyone listens to my music, and furthermore, actually pays attention to it. So to be recognized as a rap lyricist alongside Seven the General and Volcano is amazing. The Detroit Music Awards are April 29, 2016, and I welcome any of you to vote online at detroitmusicawards.net or come out and attend.

If you have not listened to my album, would like to read my lyrics, or see my show please get in contact with me at kharyfrazier@yahoo.com. 2016 will certainly bring new opportunities to have access to my music. I’m going to be shooting videos for my songs “It’s So Fresh” and “Old School Chevy”.  Also, I’m recording new music produced by Sterling Toles, Drummer B, Alex White, and Nick Speed.

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My next show is my first show of 2016 and there are still many tickets available. Join me Sunday April 3, 2016 at 6pm at Tony V’s Tavern, located at 5756 Cass Ave Detroit MI. Motown Message: a Revolution in Song in the concert. I will be performing a mix of classic Motown revolutionary songs with a hip-hop swing: “Ball of Confusion”, “Inner City Blues”, and “Living for the City”. I will be joined by Joe “Pep” Harris, lead singer from the Undisputed Truth that made the 1971 #1 Hit “Smiling Faces”.

Undisputed Truth’s Joe ‘Pep’ Harris

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Joe Pep Harris of the Undisputed Truth sits down for a Detroit is Different interview. Joe shares stories of Norman Whitfield and the vision for the Undisputed Truth. The changes in music in the late 1960’s till today. Also the responsibility and role acts like the Undisputed Truth had to the community while making music with a social message.


 

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My Motown is Revolutionary!

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As a native Detroiter, the Motown sound was one of the first things I absorbed from Detroit. My mother is another born and raised Detroit resident, who graduated Central High School in the 1960s. The Motown sound of the mid 1960s the soundtrack to her youth. So it was common for her to play Motown records as she cleaned the house, and I played with my toys during my adolescent years.

The Temptations stood out to me as a child. The mix of the five part harmony and pitch in Eddie Kendricks’ voice caught my ear, and the song “Papa was a Rolling Stone” had a texture, tone, and pace that felt different than anything I had ever heard.

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Fast forward to my teenage years, I began to collect music for instrument, rhythm, and harmony samples to use in my own hip-hop. In my pursuit of sound the production of Norman Whitfield stood out as the most engaging, charismatic, and creative collection of Motown music. Whitfield’s vision of layering vocals, horns, and leading music through a rhythm section was dynamic, and is unparalleled to this day. So in 1999, 2000, and 2001, as I walked lock step with popular and local rap acts like the Almighty Dreadnaughtz, DMX, Rock Bottom, and Jay-Z, my inherited 1989 Buick Century played just as much Undisputed Truth, Temptations (with Dennis Edwards), and Eddie Kendricks.

Norman Whitfield’s presence at Motown challenged the intentions of Berry Gordy, who sought to create an uncomplicated sound for America’s youth. Whitfield pushed forward to infuse the psychedelic vibe and revolutionary grit that was becoming more and more recognized by young America. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led protests, demonstrations, and rallies, masses of college & high school students joined him. These students loved to dance to Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, but with acts like Sly and the Family Stone entering the national scope, a need to shift the Motown sound was recognized. Norman Whitfield led the transition of the Motown sound with Marvin Gaye. The look of choreographed singers in matching suits transitioned to afros, dashikis, and medallions. This transformation, which made Berry Gordy apprehensive, was most prevalent in Marvin Gaye’s masterpiece What’s Going On.

As a child when my Mother played What’s Going On, I was too young to follow the social commentary in the music, but now, having grown up and made music of my own, “What’s Happening Brother”, “Inner City Blues”, and “Mercy, Mercy, Me” are quintessential examples of having a presence of mind to resonate with all people. Motown is Revolutionary.

So, in recognition of the Motown sound I love the most, I honor this tradition Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 6PM at Tony V’s Tavern, 5756 Cass Ave Detroit, MI. I will be joined by Joe “Pep” Harris, lead singer for The Undisputed Truth. The Undisputed Truth made the 1971 #1 single “Smiling Faces”, produced by Norman Whitfield. I will be blending my brand of Hip-hop with the Soul of the city to perform Motown Message: A Revolution in Song.

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