( Part. II )
Reggie Hudlin : Is
FOLEY : Aaawww, Man Don't forget the "ISLEY" Bros. as well
( which meant HENDRIX spent a fair amount of time up in Ohio, as as a result )
Reggie : I thought the Isley's were New Jersey boys.
You mean they came from Ohio too?
FOLEY : HA !!
I don't know what it is ......
Shit , even "JAMES BROWN" set-up shop in O-H-I-O
( with "KING records" being ran outta cincy )
Actually , I think ANY smalltown USA.....that doesn't have the "Industry"
you'll get a certain amount of humility or Hopefulness to strive for the Truth
Whereas in a Big City....
just trying to survive ALONE can take the twinkle & wonderment outta MF's eyes real quick
About whatever it is.... they do.
That's why most folks in these small towns tend to "Eat, Sleep & drink" what they are
Like for instance .....D'Angelo's not from NYC or LA
And he's the last kat to inspire a movement....
Reggie : Or Prince & the whole Minneapolis thang before that...
Reggie Hudlin : Are there any other musicians in your family?
FOLEY : Not on my Mom's side .....
My father plays a little flute & upright bass.
All of my Dad's brothers played..... nothin' but Musicians ( Good & bad )
I had an uncle "Louis" ( guitarist ) that went to NYC & was wearnin' Folks out
but, he died young of a heroin overdose & never got his due.
I'm sure it would be "hip" to say : "Yeah, man.... it's in my blood"
But, I think EVERYBODY has the capacity to BE & THINK & DO whatever they can FEEL
As long as a person can recieve the DIVINE gifts of : Humility
And, first realizing that "THE UNIVERSE IS BIGGER THAN YOU"( and YOUR problems etc. )
I was all alone musically.
( I felt like I had to pick it up in the streets, like a drug habit or somethin' )
Your training on instruments?
Time has and will CONTINUE to fill THAT space for me
I'm such a realist man.....to a fault maybe , depending on ones perspective
Shit, quite frankly ....with All that YOU know about music ?
They don't want U to pick up an instrument....
Ha ha ...
Ha ha ...
Reggie Hudlin : I know enuff to work with a Bad brutha like You !!
FOLEY : Thank You, Reggie !
Man, U produced so many records just from overseeing your films, tho
( cause , it really equates the same )
A Release....is A Release
I just turned 42yrs. old...in Nov. and I've been in the Game *seriously* for 25 yrs.( more than "half" of my life , thus far ) A "Working" musician since I was 14yrs old .....listening to everything from "OSIBISA" to "BLACK SABBATH" to "the JACKSON 5" since I was 8-9 yrs. old....
And , it STILL all sounds the SAME to me
It's either GOOD Music ....or it's NOT
Good Thoughts , Bad Thoughts.... ( Good / Bad ) Art , People, Food, Weather etc.
There's only " 2 types " of ANYTHING....Really.....
( Most times.... things are VERY Black & White )I guess... that's why "Grey" areas STILL fascinate most people ?
Reggie Hudlin : Is there a style of music you HATE?
Yeah, Hell yeah .....
BAD , "Un-inspired" Music ....of any type.
I hate when People don't MEAN IT
So when is your country album coming out?
FOLEY : Hahaha!!
Like "Aunt Esther" said : " I'll sit down ...when I get to the Seat !! "
Reggie : Name the five greatest female "R&B" singers of all time.
Don't cheat and try and put jazz singers in there.
FOLEY : Ha ha ha , ok
this isn't in any particular order now.....
Man, I would be in "Violation" otherwise
Now , I'll give ya "7" mo' ......
6. Linda Jones
7. Belita Woods
8. Joyce Kennedy
9. Kim Burrell
10. Kim Mc Farland
11. Rosie Gaines
12. Adaritha ( Norman Conners )
"Ms. BELITA WOODS"
Reggie : Ok, Joyce Kennedy...educate me!
MOTHER'S FINEST ?!?!?
Reggie : Okay, that's a shame.
I can hear her singing "I don't wanna come back" in my ears right now...
but didn't know her name.
FOLEY : Shit, I was bout ta Say....
With all of that Mother's Finest U got in yo crib ???
The Funkadelics used to talk about Mother's Finest as one of the few groups that could rock them onstage.
FOLEY : Aaaaaw, man .....
Ask "VAN HALEN" about "Mother's Finest"
They use to open for THEM ?!?!?
Alex Van Halen even took one of "BB Queen's" beats from a live MF show .....and, used it on their 2nd album !!!
So, VAN HALEN GOT ALOT OF "MOTHER'S FINEST" UP IN THEIR SHIT , AS WELL
And, as far as the Females again ....
an honorable mention to THE GREATEST FEMALE singing group of ALL TIME :
That's THE Best description I've heard of those LadiesWell Put , Reg....Hahaha
THANK YOU !
FOLEY : S' aiiiiight
The "SMARTALECMUSIC" Burning Question:
" Wynton Marsalis "
"Keeping Jazz alive ? or presiding over its funeral ?"
FOLEY : HA !!
He's one of the reasons for the "Death" of it
Well , Ain't he ?
You betta come on in, man...
He's got his classical chops , but...that's just some ole "sight reading" Shit
Those aren't HIS Notes ?!?!?
And HE ain't "ALLOWED" to create nothin' NEW with it ?!?
Reggie : But man, here's what's been trippin' me out. I have a 7 week old daughter (Helena Grace) so of course I'm all over the music in her room...and life. "Experts" say Mozart is the best music for kids. I"m like, Mozart is cool...but that sounds like some eurocentric bias to me.
FOLEY : U know folks gotta keep "Dat Shit" goin'......
* Ain't no telling what's gonna happen with Eminem's legacy*
Reggie : So what am I playing for her? Start with Miles, of course...All Blues, The Duke, Porgy and Bess, lotsa ballads.... Debussy, John Barry, Kathleen Battle.... ...but man, THE BEATLES are SO RIGHT for a kid!!!! They are the flyest nursery rhymes ever! The highest compliment! Newborn loves it, adults singing along...that's the highest gift man. That music sounds like love itself !!!
FOLEY : Ha ha ha..No Doubt
The Real "Pied Piper"
But , U know what ?
Now that I think about it ......
Wynton's "Blues" ain't all that convincing to me , either.
When anyone of those "Purists" decides to put a back-beat against some of THAT music ?
Then , I ( like alot of other folks ) might get excited
You take a kat like : Herbie Hancock ....
THAT'S WHAT JAZZ SOUNDS LIKE
Cause, he can play all of that "Classical" stuff & STILL write : "BUTTERFLY"
The "Hip-Hop" community has embraced him as a founding father as well ...
Those who can .... WILL
and, those who can't ......WON'T
Fuck an endowment ....Bring Da Heat My Nigga !!
All of those "Jazz" festivals have ( year by year ) become "Music" festivals
for this very reason.
to expose the truth ?
I could prolly answer that.....but , Cee-Lo Green & D'angelo are makin an effort .....fa Sho '
Cee-Lo is my fav singer / songwriter in the game right now....
Ya'll have no idea how bad that Kat is....
Actually, when I think about it ?
Photo : The Observer
Reggie : Aaaaawwwwwww man, that's my GIRL.
I LOVE me some Bjork. One of the three most interesting artists in the game today.
I saw her live at the Hollywood Bowl. Her live show is sick too.
FOLEY : *Lucky Muhfucka*
FOLEY : *Lucky Muhfucka*
Do drugs significantly impact creativity? If Miles never got high, would he been as great?
FOLEY : It's what's goin thru a person ULTIMATELY
That "DIVINE" intervention ?
but, the GREAT Illusion is....
some folks THINK that they NEED drugs to get themselves "ONLINE"
Cause, when I got with MILES ( in '87 ) he was Sober.....
AND, STILL PLAYIN' HIS ASS OFF
Photo : Dany Gignoux
I remember once Carlos ( Santana ) told me that he had to learn how to play all over again !
when he got off that shit ....But, I'm sure he just needed to remind himself of how to get "online" without it !
Reggie : Of the new jacks, cats under 30 that never heard P.Funk or EWF at their peak, who is the best? R. Kelly, Kanye West, Andre 3000, or somebody else I'm forgetting? FOLEY : Yes, the Baddest kat of them all.... that's under 30 : D'angelo
Plus, he wasn't to be fucked with ....but, He's prolly sick of the bullshit , I reckon.
I mean this kat couldn't even take care of his body & get fit .....without women grabbing his nutts on that last tour
Yellin "take it off" & shit , at times un-necessarily.... While he's really trying to sing ?!?
When I saw him in ATL in '95 he did the dopest version of Curtis'
"The Makings of You"
and, folks talked all the way thru the song... waiting on "Brown Sugar"
He Killed it !!
Just him at the Rhodes & his voice
Curtis would have been proud , man ....
Reggie : A beautiful choice. He destroys stuff like that.
No one questions Steely Dan's time in between albums ?!?Reggie Hudlin : Yeah, but didn't the early records come faster than the later ones? My man only has two joints out! Two! That's frustrating as hell...brothers are THIRSTY for good music.
FOLEY : Sometime's it takes a second , Regespecially when YOU'RE the ONLY *Real* source of creativity Back in the day, in a group setting ....there's alot of people to Borrow / Steal from
Plus, SLY's got 3-4 records put away too....
Reggie : Oh man...and what about the left over stuff from the old days?
I want to hear the "director's cut" of RIOT and FRESH.
FOLEY : HA !!SLY prolly don't wanna be bothered with this bullshit ( the Industry ) either I think it takes alot longer, to recoup from the craziness of folks today , than it did before ....
FOLEY : Yeah.... but, you know they workin' the hell outta these folks today , man
Not like they Haven't before , tho....
"Clear Channel" will wake dat ass up in the Middle of the Night
Reggie Hudlin : Have black people lost their soul?
FOLEY : Nah....I'm an Optimist ( mercifully )
but, we damn sho' "Mis-placed it"
I remember when Ice Cube said : "Soul Train" done lost dey soul....
should just call it "Train" cos' dem bitches look like hoes"
The "BOOK OF CUBE"
Uh, let us turn our text to.....
Reggie : Berry Gordy, George Clinton, Puffy: same guy, different flavors or no comparison between them?
FOLEY : All of the above , actually
Berry Gordy ~ The Deal-maker...... George Clinton ~ The GREAT Referee ...... Puffy ~ The Crowd Pleaser
P.Diddy & the "Former" 1st Lady ( Hilary Clinton )
"The Corporation" (TM ) produced all that shitHolland , Dozier , Holland
and ALL the rest .....
Berry made the deals ....THEY made that "Music"