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#71. I know Quintron and Miss Pussycat (Tampa/New Orleans, 1999–present)

Quintron came to my class and did a killer presentation on sound. Nation of Ulysses/MakeUp leader Ian Svenonius told me he considered international touring organist Quintron and his puppeteer wife Miss Pussycat “America’s greatest living artists.” I don’t disagree. I … Continue reading

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#70. I met Prince Paul (Tampa, 1997)

Plug 4 Prince Paul legendarily produced De La Soul and Stetsasonic — though the word producer feels incorrect, since Prince Paul’s face and voice and, most importantly, his sense of humor, meant as much to De La and Stet as Paul’s boundary-slaughtering … Continue reading

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#69. I met Pharrell Williams (New Orleans, 2004)

Y’crazy for this one F’Real In the early aughts around the time I met Pharrell for a sit-down interview, The Neptunes production team dominated most weeks’ pop charts, producing hits for Mystikal, Snoop Dogg, Usher, L.L. Cool J, Jay-Z and … Continue reading

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#68. I met Natalie Merchant of 10,000 Maniacs (Florida, 1992)

We missed more than a few concerts by our favorite bands before my younger sister and I realized that our parents couldn’t ground us badly enough — no punishment imaginable compared to the pain of not getting to see Jane’s … Continue reading

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#67. I met Morris Day of The Time (New Orleans, 2012)

Morris Day (R) and one of his musician buddies. The world best knows Morris Day as Prince’s musical and sexual rival in the movie Purple Rain. In real life, Day played drums in Prince’s high school bands. One of their bands got very … Continue reading

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#66. I met Mike Mills of R.E.M. (New Orleans, 2008)

Pete Buck (L), Michael Stipe (M), and bassist Mike Mills (R) My first ever band, in highschool, could play literally every single R.E.M. song up to and including those on Out of Time. I don’t have much nostalgia for R.E.M. now — … Continue reading

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#65. I shared a funny weed moment with Method Man as we watched Jay Z perform (Tampa, 2000)

Turns out weed makes Method Man nice, both on the mic, and in real life. At the newspaper in Florida where I worked as an assistant in the late 90s, none of the real reporters wanted to cover rap shows, … Continue reading

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#64. I met Cash Money Records beatmaker Mannie Fresh (New Orleans, 2011)

I didn’t design the cover. For a few years, I wrote many cover stories for AntiGravity magazine. I believe one year I wrote eight out of 12. It always provided a thrill, seeing my story blown up on that extra-large front page. … Continue reading

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#63. I conducted Magnolia Shorty’s last interview ever, after she performed with my students(New Orleans, 2010)

My students looked up to New Orleans rapper Magnolia Shorty. Magnolia Shorty was the undisputed queen of New Orleans bounce rap. From her days as the only female Cash Money crew member to her more recent “My Boy” duet with young … Continue reading

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#56–62: 7 quick ones from New Orleans: DJ Jubilee, EYEHATEGOD, The Meters, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Irma Thomas, Katey Red & Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Two fans (L) of DJ Jubilee (R) #56. DJ Jubilee (2019): I’d glimpse the King of Bounce Rap — author of “Jubilee All” and originator of “Back That Thang Up” — headed through the toll booth, leaving the West Bank, where he and I both … Continue reading

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