Celia Cruz, nicknamed The Queen of Salsa, was easily one of the most influential women in Latin music. After moving to New York during the height of the Cuban Revolution, Cruz and many other musicians combined a variety of rhythms, instruments, and their love for the culture to create salsa. With her powerful voice and lively presence, Celia was able to bring Latin music and culture to the attention of many Americans in the early 70’s.
During her life, Celia Cruz recorded a whopping 70 albums, collaborated with artists such as Patti La Belle and Wyclef Jean, won seven Grammys, and starred in many movies that highlighted Latin culture.
Despite her death in 2003, Celia’s lively legacy still lives on today.
Another Thursday night for the books at Webster Hall with 1992 the Party. As usual I jammed out with my crew DJ Huggybear and Deemehlow. If you’ve never been to our parties (which you should!), we play a mix of some of the greatest 90s and 00s hits. It’s a great (and wild) time ALWAYS so come check it out if you haven’t already.
Telling Deemehlow what songs to play / trying to be an emcee
My dear friends Angelica aka Angela and Kaki.
And for your viewing pleasure.. a clip of me hitting my shmoney dance.
I’ve been working out my Daddy Issues, listening to Father on repeat.
My newest and latest obsession is Atlanta Based and Mississippi Born, Father. You may know him from his hit “Wrist” which features ILoveMakonnen and Key! It’s a simple head bumping, easy sing-a-long track that has had me mesmerized since I first heard it a few months back.
It’s something about how loose and easy it feels, like friends in a studio having fun and making random music – which, somehow comes together in ultimate greatness. The lyrics are humorous, yet real and intelligent. I can only listen to mainstream rappers talk about their wealth and their hustle for so long, but here comes Father and crew talking about sex, sexually liberated women, dark imagery (like “Suicide Party” or “Everybody In The Club Getting Shot”). Just his name alone is perfect! It’s even shortened from a greater name “Father’s Liquor Cabinet”. Bravo!
It’s all exciting and fresh. If you haven’t heard his latest “”Who’s Gonna Get F***** First?” or “Young Hot Ebony”, please take a listen. I tried playing “Wrist” last week at my Thursday weekly Webster Hall party and no one knew it…I weeped for the youth then got back to playing jams.