Chicka Bow Wow, Chicka Bow Wow Wow!! 

Let it be known that I am a music cornovour. I'm talking day in and day out, 24/7, 365 days of the year and if there were more days, you'd have to add those to the list. I mean, music has the ability to envelop you and take your mind & soul to places beyond your mindset.

One artist who can effortlessly do that is the late great Gwendolyn Guthrie aka Gwen Guthrie. So let me give you some background on this amazingly gifted artist who literally left the ladies and some men with the infectious anthem "Nothing Going on But the Rent". 

Born in Okemah, Oklahoma, Gwen was playing the piano at 8 years old after being taught by her equally talented father. There are reports that she honed her craft with the late Ann Moss, aunt to Whitney Houston, at the famed New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey. One thing that I know for sure is that Gwen was in high demand as a session singer and worked with the likes of Luther Vandross, Sister Sledge, Aretha Franklin, Cissy Houston, Madonna, Chic and many many more.

She finally came out the gate and teamed up with the late Larry Levan, another legend worthy of a write up here at LIRM, and released some awesome jawns like Should Have Been You, Hopscotch and many more. Bold, beautiful and what we call in todays language "curvy", she took no prisoners with her musically advanced talents. Her music was so good that we didn't care what size she was, where she came from or anything of that nature - Just give us the FUNK!!! 

Take her hit Hopscotch, she is basically imploring her lover that it might just be his last chance to get down with the grove or is she telling him that this is the last time for their love to be witnessed? However the situation, Gwen had the ability as an amazing songwriter to take the listener on a journey of funk and boy did she. If you listen closely, she was rapping before it was cool to split some bars on the Hopscotch selection.  Totally before her time!!

Other selections include the smooth yet groovy Outside in the Rain, the classically somewhat seductive Peanut Butter, the sweet and subtle Oh Donny No and my personal funky favorite Peek A Boo in which she admonishes her potential boo thang to show her what he possesses and then some.  It is imperative that we keep artist like Gwen legacy alive and at the forefront so that those artists coming down the road can know and appreciate what we call TRUE music. 

Sadly the world got musically darker when Ms. Guthrie succumbed to cancer in 1999 but thankfully we have various music and videos that offer a musical glimpse into what she gave to the world. Imagine being in the studio with her and seeing how she mixed and added her touch to each song. Since one can't be a sponge how about putting on the headphones and paying attention to every single note, riff, run, her tone and delivery? It totally changes the way you listen and look at music these days.

Thank You Ms. Gwen and may you always makes us groove. 

Why We Will Always Have Gwen Guthrie and the Grooves

Today the world is quieter because of the loss of an enigma, Fashion Police host and reality star Joan Rivers, who's career spanned decades. Many of us were quietly hoping and praying that she would pull thru however that is just not the case.

Born Joan Alexandra Molinsky, she got her start by pounding the pavement in Greenich Village, NY before connecting with the late great Johnny Carson. She would go on to be one of the first female comedians to host her own late night talk show "The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers" as well as a successful daytime talk show, The Joan Rivers Show, for which she won a daytime emmy. 

Thankfully we have hours and hours of video and concert material that will have us laughing for ages to come.

Check out some appearances and performances that shows what set Joan apart from the rest.

Comedic Icon Joan Rivers Dies at 81

Ledisi is looking amazing these days and judging from her new video I Blame You, this is just the beginning.

Ledisi "I Blame You" Official Video

Today The World Lost A Legend!!! Nelson Mandela Succumbs!

New mom/reality star/award winning singer Tamar Braxton just released a new video and LIRM must say that she looks fantastic.

Tamar Braxton - All The Way Home - Official Video and iTunes Set

The RoboCop franchise has gotten a major jolt and boy does it look to be the makings of another blockbuster production.

REMAKE: Check Out RoboCop Official Trailer

LIRM is a bonafide fan of the uber talented Wedding/Event Planner/Reality Star Diann Valentine and let us testify that she loves anything that dazzles, sparkles and shines.

Event Powerhouse Diann Valentine Dazzles and Inspires

Vocal legend/reality star Toni Braxton and equally legendary singer/producer Babyface recently stopped by The Arsenio Hall show and basically tore the house down with their latest infectious hit Hurt You.

Toni Braxton and Babyface Stop By Arsenio Hall Show

Now you guys know that LIRM loves good music and often it is the songs of the past that can give you the urge to get up and move.

Of course there is good music out today but there is something about hearing a good song with equally good vocals which can take one back to a special time in our lives. The amazingly talented singer/songwriter/actress Darlene Love managed to assemble some massive talent with "20 Feet From Stardom"and boy is it good.

The documentary, which gives and shines insight into being a singer, the challenges and most importantly the call to sing, is a soul stirring look into what it is like to be a background singer and much more.

Legendary studio and background artists such as: Merry Clayton, Judith Hill, Claudia Lennear, Tata Vega and our personal favorite, the amazingly talented Lisa Fischer join Darlene to share their story of survival and circumstances like no other.

Their are surprise appearances from Better Midler, Mick Jagger and many more. Check out the trailer, interviews and much more .

20 Feet From Stardom - Official Trailer and Cast Interviews

The world was on the edge of its seat these past few weeks with news of former South African President Nelson Mandela's failing health. Thankfully reports have come in that he is doing better daily and LIRM has come across an amazing trailer chronicling Sir Mandela's life.

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom Starring Idris Elba - Official Trailer