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okayplayer
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"Donnie, Now Hear This!"


          

anyone peeped Donnie, his album "The Colored Section", or his energetic live show? If so, let us know what you think! If not, .

  

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I have and well, here's my opinion...
Jul 01st 2003
1
His live show is dope...
Jul 01st 2003
8
where can I get that?
Jul 01st 2003
11
RE: I have and well, here's my opinion...
Jul 07th 2003
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groupies...n/m...
Jul 07th 2003
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      RE: groupies...n/m...
Jul 10th 2003
38
Haven't purchased, but I've heard...
Jul 08th 2003
28
I enjoyed Donnie
Jul 09th 2003
35
Good idea!
Jul 01st 2003
2
i wanna hear him
Jul 01st 2003
3
try this,
Jul 01st 2003
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      RE: try this,
Jul 01st 2003
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very few albums being released now..
Jul 01st 2003
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i feel ya
Jul 01st 2003
7
RE: Donnie, Now Hear This!
Jul 01st 2003
9
just went and picked it up
Jul 01st 2003
10
stir it up
Jul 07th 2003
12
clever
Jul 08th 2003
26
testimony to how underrated Donnie is ...
Jul 07th 2003
13
Donnie is great!
Jul 07th 2003
14
cosign......
Jul 07th 2003
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      My Momma thought he was Stevie...
Jul 07th 2003
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      RE: cosign......
Jul 07th 2003
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           RE: cosign......
Jul 07th 2003
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                Whats This Bandlink Bullshit
Jul 07th 2003
21
Donnie Re-post
Jul 07th 2003
22
That cat's album is.............
Jul 07th 2003
23
RE: not hate but ...
Jul 07th 2003
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      RE: not hate but ...
Jul 09th 2003
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           RE: not hate but ...
Jul 09th 2003
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                RE: not hate but ...
Jul 09th 2003
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RE: Donnie, Now Hear This!
Jul 08th 2003
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RE: Donnie, Now Hear This!
Jul 09th 2003
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RE: Donnie, Now Hear This!
Jul 08th 2003
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Not over-rated.
Jul 09th 2003
30
Donnie's dope...
Jul 09th 2003
32
Hey, Kedar..don't fuck this up!
Jul 09th 2003
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RE: Donnie, Now Hear This!
Jul 10th 2003
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RE: Donnie, Now Hear This!
Jul 10th 2003
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TheProdigiousPoet
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1. "I have and well, here's my opinion..."
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Cloud 9, Do You Know, and track 9 are really hot...the rest of the lp is kinda mediocre...and he shouldn't have given the lyricks cause some of the stuff dude is saying is somewhat rediculas lol...I enjoyed it though, just kind of upset I bought it over Dwele...n/m

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8. "His live show is dope..."
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I haven't peeped Donnie's album yet but I liked what I heard from it @ SOBs. Dwele's retail album sucks compared to the bootleg. I feel horrible but in this case I actually supported getting bootleg. Still buy the retail to support but it's missing dope tracks like "Too Fly." I was madd as a sumbiatch when I realized not all the cuts I'd grown to love were on there.

Ahh, the lunacy begins:

Eulogy: I will slap the shit out your shins! *5 stars*
~~~~
Esco: I'll bitch slap a pop up
Me: Ummm, didn't know that was possible
Esco: Yeah, F4
*4 stars*

  

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TheProdigiousPoet
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11. "where can I get that?"
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Don't Duck

P.S.A.L.M

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http://www.myspace.com/hollisterholliday

  

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Songboy3
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16. "RE: I have and well, here's my opinion..."
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>Cloud 9, Do You Know, and track 9 are really hot...the rest
>of the lp is kinda mediocre...and he shouldn't have given
>the lyricks cause some of the stuff dude is saying is
>somewhat rediculas lol...I enjoyed it though, just kind of
>upset I bought it over Dwele...n/m

I never thought I'd EVER say this to anybody on this board, but:

You are trippin'.

The lyrics are far-fetched? You are obviously not as 'Prodigious' as you claim. History is always bizarre & far-fetched but nonetheless, sadly true.



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TheProdigiousPoet
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19. "groupies...n/m..."
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Don't Duck

P.S.A.L.M

http://cashmonet.blogspot.com/

http://www.myspace.com/hollisterholliday

  

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Songboy3
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38. "RE: groupies...n/m..."
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Groupies?

Rrrrrrrrrrrriiiiiiiiiiiiiiggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhht.

'Cuz we all know that cats like R Kelly & Ginuwine are spittin' the realness.

Forgive them, Lord...etc., etc., etc.,

www.myspace.com/frankhcarteriii

...and THAT'S deep.

Currently listening to:
Prince - The Works
Various - Gospel House Vol 2 Music For Your Soul
Aswad - A New Chapter In Dub
Aquanote - The Pearl

"ccMixter.org RULES!!!

  

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28. "Haven't purchased, but I've heard..."
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One of them joints you listen too when your on a road trip type of joints. I dig it.

  

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truth21
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35. "I enjoyed Donnie"
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I dont really think that Donnie and Dwele have the same style so I wouldnt really compare them. I really enjoyed both of their CDs. I saw Dwele in concert and he was very good(seemed nervous at first but then he just started feelin it and it was tight)! I can't wait until Donnie comes to the African FEstival of the ARts in Chicago this Labor Day weekend (with Kindred)!!!! Can anyone tell me the songs that were on the bootleg Dwele that he didnt put on the one he released? I would like to check those out.
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PAP
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2. "Good idea!"
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I barely seen this album here, i tried to order it numerous times for the store and still i COULDNīT GET ONE COPY SINCE IT WAS RELEASED AND I HAVE THE BEST DISTRIBUTORS OUT THERE!!!!!!!!!!

I dunno wtf the problem is...Donnie might not have the success of Color me badd but wtf is the deal with GiantStep?
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allison
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3. "i wanna hear him"
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but all i get is this > http://announce.i-squad.com/

:<

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okayplayer
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4. "try this,"
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http://www.giantstep.net/records/viewrelease.asp?releaseid=282

  

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5. "RE: try this,"
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thank you

~You only know what you see. You don't understand what it takes to be me~

~Don't let other people's expectations of you determine your choices~

  

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beckie25
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6. "very few albums being released now.."
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...that i can listen to from beginning to end and repeat. Donnie is one...favorite is "do u know".


**becstasy**

  

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thembi
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7. "i feel ya"
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had this album since last year i think its one of the best albums of 02 it stayed in rotation for a good minute

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JTBLQ
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9. "RE: Donnie, Now Hear This!"
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Yes.. my momma bumps Donnie...nuff said...fo sho'.
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10. "just went and picked it up"
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best buy $11.99 and worth every penny


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I just made you up
to hurt myself
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12. "stir it up"
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little donnie

* *

"in the luv shack with a nug sack and my rug rats who keep naps under they skull caps. pass around a bottle of sambuca and a hookah, there's even times when i look into the future. blazin' DMT with GFE. now don't be surprised when you seein' me wi

  

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26. "clever"
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I just made you up
to hurt myself
and it worked
yes it did!

  

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13. "testimony to how underrated Donnie is ..."
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They renewed his "Now Hear This" spot.

don't sleep.

Donnie's the truth.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
who are you









really

  

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14. "Donnie is great!"
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All those Hathaway and Stevie comparisons are true; the man is a prodigy.

"There's a lot you can do with a giant four foot dried, curling, boomerang seed pod from the Botang Tree that grows only in Indonesia."
-Tom Waits

"It's not about a salary it's all about reality."
-KRS-One

"Me being wack is like naps on Kojack."
-RZA

"The revolution will not be apologized for."
-Aesop Rock

"Came to save the game like a memory card."
-MF Doom

  

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15. "cosign......"
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Saw him on Orlando Jones Thursday, bought the album Friday and I haven't put it down yet. It's well worth the money. SUPPORT GOOD MUSIC!

"When you're White, sky's the limit. When you're Black, the limit's the sky!" - Chris Rock

"It shows you there that white folks have a subtlety about them. What do we want? We want our reparations right? We want that mule and 40 acres right? They gave us our mule in Eddie Murphy, a talking mule. They said “here niggas, here's a talking mule, no

  

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SunkissedAmb
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17. "My Momma thought he was Stevie..."
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.. when she listened to it..

I have been listening nonstop to his cd for the last few weeks.. I can't get enough of him... I'm desperate to see him live in the midwest...

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AIM: ZetaBluAmbition

Rode-Tation:

Donnie- "Welcome 2 the Colored Section"
Raphael Saadiq - "Sky..can u feel me"
Nikka Costa - "Tug of War"
Dwele

  

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Whateva
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18. "RE: cosign......"
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Just saw his show in London(The jazz cafe). I was really impressed. Bull got talent. They were real cool too.

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20. "RE: cosign......"
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Excellent music from beginning to end. It's worth the buy. Got it at Media Play in Cincy for $9.99.



phrenology. where it is?? i ain't lookin' at shit!!!


  

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BobGeorge3000
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21. "Whats This Bandlink Bullshit"
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cause it aint working

I am Bob George From India.

I am Bob George From India

  

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Dariusx
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22. "Donnie Re-post"
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For anyone who has been wanting to hear a new Stevie Wonder album, here it is. Yes, the brutha goes by the name of Donnie but if you didn't know better you would think he was Stevie; straight out of the "Music In My Mind," "Talking Book," "Innervisions" era. This is not to say that Donnie does not have his own vision. He has a good voice, not quite as strong as Stevie's but you could not help but notice how he "borrows" Stevie's style on this record. This is not neccessarily a bad thing. I have always thought that if you gonna bite off of someone, bite off the best.

Donnie, a Kentucky native who was raised in Atalanta, is part of the Atlanta neo-soul scene. India Aire was instrumental in getting him his record deal. Yes, he is on Motown records, like you know who. He has the usual credentials of soul singers. His parents are both ministers and he spent a lot of time in the church. What sets him apart from all the other singers is that he has it in his blood. He is a cousin of the late great Marvin Gaye. So with all these ingredients going for him, you know this album could not be bad and it's not.

Since so much will be written about Donnie's similarities to those who came before him, I will take a moment to highlight the differences. You don't have to look far to notice that, in fact you can start by seeing the name of the record and checking some of the song titles, namely "Big Black Buck." Somebody has a sense of humor, something that soul singers rarely display.

The song "Beautiful Me," uses a jittery loop and has a nice groove even though the melody sounds suspiciously like D'Angelo's "Devil's Pie." Oh yes, he quotes Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come.""Heaven Sent," is a standout cut and moves along the lines of Stevie's "Golden Lady." Donnie's voice is very pleasing on this cut and you can't help but nod your head to this as it glides along employing a nice flute solo as well. Brutha Donnie sings with passion and conviction here. "Do You Know," also has a quasi-samba (with flute) feel to it and it is really refreshing to hear. "Turn Around," uses a keyboard sounding like Stevie's clavinet and some tasty strings in the intro before going into a nice mid tempo old fashioned r&b groove. He even gets a little funky on "People Person." The cut "Wildlife," swings like r&b meets jazz. A horn section adds to the flava and a (I am not kidding) harmonica, not sounding like Stevie though (thank God). The cd has some fine musicians on it, including Billy Preston and one of Earth, Wind and Fire's original guitarist Al Mc Kay.

"You Got A Friend," brings down the house. It sounds similar to the other joints but at the end it starts swinging and makes you want to start dancing along with it. No, it does not have a club beat but rather a hard old skool r&b beat. If you are not dancing, you will be nodding your head, snapping your fingers, tapping your feet. Once you hear this, when you see that title you will never thing of the Carole King song that James Taylor did again.

The title track closes the record. It begins with a slow piano intro that starts out as a lament but eventually goes to church and that sets the tone of this bitter song.

Welcome to the colored section
Welcome to the Negro League
Sign your name on a Black list
And know this, it's American history

See what it's like it is be blackmailed
See a real live conspiracy
Sign your name on a Black List
And know this, it's American history

I am very pleased with this record. It has a light breezy refreshing quality to it. Donnie has his own voice within the new neo-soul artists. He does not sound like D'Angelo or Musiq and that is good thing, cuz if you are "borrowing" from the past you shouldn't be doing that from the present too. There are no ballads on here. There are love songs on here but more of the kind fitting somone who was raised in the church. It's also nice to finally hear some positive lyrics coming from a singer rather than a rapper.I can't hear any sampled music on here either which is also refreshing and something Donnie's piers cannot always attest to. There are not alot of synthesizers either, just plain old piano, bass and drums and you know what...u doin't even miss them. Donnie also has a good stage presence, which can't hurt. He looks like he just came from 1972 with his 'fro and low key dress. A new talent has arrived and the music world is a better place for it! Donnie will perform a free concert in Brooklyn's Prospect Park August 2 7:30.

P.S.: My cd bandlnk connection does not work either!

  

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23. "That cat's album is............."
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Ridiculously good......I can't really speak of details, but the man is pretty much as close to Stevie's style as anyone has gotten in a long time. I know for a fact his live shows got to be off the hook.
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cnkk
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24. "RE: not hate but ..."
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I think he's really over-rated. I mean he's refreshing. i'd rather listen to him than some other standart R&B dude, but he's copying too much. that album has too much stevie, and too much marvin! where's his own style??
i dig his views. I like the way he's not afraid to say what he thinks, but frankly musically he can do better.

my 2 cents...

  

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29. "RE: not hate but ..."
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>I think he's really over-rated. I mean he's refreshing. i'd
>rather listen to him than some other standart R&B dude, but
>he's copying too much. that album has too much stevie, and
>too much marvin! where's his own style??
>i dig his views. I like the way he's not afraid to say what
>he thinks, but frankly musically he can do better.
>
>my 2 cents...

Man I hate to reply to someone's honest personal views, but musically, this is by far the best R&B album to released in recent memory, hands down. He definitely has his own style. He may remind people of Marvin or Stevie because his he's just that good, musically speaking. It's like people said Kobe was styling himself after Jordan, but who cares if it works. Over-rated? Is this a gold selling album? It's been out since May. Stevie Wonder is by far one of the greatest songwriters/musicians/singers ever! There's no argument. Marvin Gaye... Did you see that DVD of his live show in Holland in 1976? Come on. If his music is compareable with the immaculate pieces they've released, look out!!! We have the ingredients of another soul legend! I saw his live show...Repeat after me.. ..not over-rated!! And dare I say it, his songs harbor some of the most compelling and practical social comments that I've heard since "Pieces of a man." In a time when it's simply not cool to be pro-black amongst blacks, he's definitlely an anamoly that our kids need like pure spring water. I don't see how any black person or anybody who appreciates great music could feel anything but positive about this album. In the age of assimiliation, "Cloud 9" is way overdue, which is sad. Why are we so afraid to state the truth. I think this album is God's response to FOX news(chuckling).

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cnkk
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33. "RE: not hate but ..."
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And dare I say
>it, his songs harbor some of the most compelling and
>practical social comments that I've heard since "Pieces of a
>man." In a time when it's simply not cool to be pro-black
>amongst blacks, he's definitlely an anamoly that our kids
>need like pure spring water. I don't see how any black
>person or anybody who appreciates great music could feel
>anything but positive about this album. In the age of
>assimiliation, "Cloud 9" is way overdue, which is sad. Why
>are we so afraid to state the truth. I think this album is
>God's response to FOX news(chuckling).

I agree with you on this point. I don't dislike the guy or anything like that ... he's got good vibes. And that's the thing i apreciate the most with him.
but i'm sorry man the musical part was not for me. I felt like listening to a copy of stevie & marvin. Well i'll give it another listen anyay.
btw I haven't seen him live, so i know i'm missing out on some stuff. but im open minded..ill give it another try

  

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34. "RE: not hate but ..."
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I respect ya opinion man. I would say give it some time. I understand the initial resentment you would feel when it seems like another artist is taking a cheap and easy ride on someone elses innovations. This is his first release too, so it might take time for him to come into his own completely.

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25. "RE: Donnie, Now Hear This!"
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I got Donnie Record 3-4 months ago off Amazon. I peeped it from the Okayplayer Featured artist link. I have to admit it is very refreshing and retro at the same time. The guy's got mad skillz in the singing department. I only have one critique; the hooks on the album, I just couldn't find a single that could be pushed to compete with today's artist. Not say that is a bad thing, but if you want to play the game you got to have a strong single to compete. I think Donnie will do fine on a grass roots level as well, I've heard great things about his live show. I recommend buying this album because it is a pure example of where the music is headed. I'm tired of the cookie cutter, I need some grown folks music.

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OneDjembe
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31. "RE: Donnie, Now Hear This!"
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Are you serious....
>>the hooks on the album, I just couldn't find a single that could be pushed to compete with today's artist.<<

Sorry soulja but today's artist DON'T OFFER ANY COMPETITION. Donnie's album would blow these sugar-coated commercial formula catz out of the water. The tragedy here is that the music industry has such a tight grip on the minds/appeal of Afrikan-Americans that Afrikan-Americans don't know REAL Afrikan-American music when they hear it. Have you noticed the schism in our music today. The science that is strategically used is called CONDITIONED ATTRACTION & CONDITIONED REACTION. The consumers ATTRACTION to a watered-down false repre- of R&B and Soul is CONDITIONED by constant repetition of mediocre music via radio and video. The consumers sometime stoic/more times negative REACTION to REAL Black music is CONDITIONED. In other words the Afrikan-American music consumer who isn't careful may be the victim of some serious pimpin'. Hence our sometimes passionate and overwhelming response to catz like Donnie,(for those that know the real) because we've been submerged in a sea of Bullshit and these REAL MUSIC catz are the equivalent of a life jacket. The industry has us so blind to our cultural music legacy that a brotha can play a samba(a rhythm from WEST AFRIKA) on his record and critics will call it Latin.
We gotta know our music, embrace it, and hold on to it.
peace.

"Dad...I thought the Lion was the 'King of the Jungle'." "Son..He is". "Then Dad..how come the BOOK always says that the man beats the Lion". "Son...because the Lion can't READ AND WRITE".
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27. "RE: Donnie, Now Hear This!"
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Donnie's album is the dopest...Its better than Dwele's although I like his album too

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Something that guids us
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>I think he's really over-rated. I mean he's refreshing. i'd
>rather listen to him than some other standart R&B dude, but
>he's copying too much. that album has too much stevie, and
>too much marvin! where's his own style??
>i dig his views. I like the way he's not afraid to say what
>he thinks, but frankly musically he can do better.
>
>my 2 cents...

Man I hate to reply to someone's honest personal views, but musically, this is by far the best R&B album to released in recent memory, hands down. He definitely has his own style. He may remind people of Marvin or Stevie because his he's just that good, musically speaking. It's like people said Kobe was styling himself after Jordan, but who cares if it works. Over-rated? Is this a gold selling album? It's been out since May. Stevie Wonder is by far one of the greatest songwriters/musicians/singers ever! There's no argument. Marvin Gaye... Did you see that DVD of his live show in Holland in 1976? Come on. If his music is compareable with the immaculate pieces they've released, look out!!! We have the ingredients of another soul legend! I saw his live show...Repeat after me.. ..not over-rated!! And dare I say it, his songs harbor some of the most compelling and practical social comments that I've heard since "Pieces of a man." In a time when it's simply not cool to be pro-black amongst blacks, he's definitlely an anamoly that our kids need like pure spring water. I don't see how any black person or anybody who appreciates great music could feel anything but positive about this album. In the age of assimiliation, "Cloud 9" is way overdue, which is sad. Why are we so afraid to state the truth. I think this album is God's response to FOX news(chuckling).

'til the wheels fall off.

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32. "Donnie's dope..."
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"The Colored Section" is one of the most up-front, unapologetic, on-point CD's I've heard in a while. Props to my man for speaking on what's important to him, and not shying away from taboo or controversial topics because it wouldn't sell as many records...

I'm feelin' the Stevie/Donny Hathaway-esqueness of his voice. I don't think he's biting, he's just got an amazing voice that happens to sound like 2 legendary voices that came before him...nothin' wrong with that!

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36. "Hey, Kedar..don't fuck this up!"
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Why does it take almost two years for a good record to get some recognition?

The Colored Section has been out for almost two years, and i when i first bought the 45, i pulled strings to get the ep, and them waited for album to drop. i played it in my car and just said aloud to myself.. thank God that someone singing about topics i care about...no rocks, cars, and chicks by dicks (see tyrese, usher,r. kelly et al). just good music with clever, excellent lyrics, and a masterpience ending.

i start my day with the new american anthem. i gives me the courage, hope, and reminds me why despite how we portray and play ourselves, it's never too late to reclaim our dignity as Negro first. Hope I can catch a show in NYC in August.

  

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37. "RE: Donnie, Now Hear This!"
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I would like to comment. I saw Donnie perform at the Black Cat (DC) on 2/28 with Goapele and Fertile Ground and it was the best $15 I've ever spent. Donnie was energetic, has a GREAT voice and he really was able to get the crowd into the show. As someone stated earlier, he's retro and refreshing at the same time. I purchased cds from each of the performers that evening and have been hooked ever since. I played the Donnie cd so much that it cracked in half (Giant Step was gracious enough to send me a free copy- which someone stole) and ended up purchasing a second copy from Tower Records for $8.99. Best $8.99 spent to date.

FYI: DC/Baltimore players: Donnie's performing at the Artscape (http:www.artscape.org) on 7/26 I believe along with Vivian Green. Check the website for the correct date.

  

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39. "RE: Donnie, Now Hear This!"
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yo, aiight. im late. just heard this cat this past weekend in chi. riddin in tah car w. my boy. i thought it was stevie wonder. i was like yo, stevie got some new shyt out. he was like no man this is a new cat called donnie. i was bumpin my head through out tha whole cd. had to hit a a.t.m machine to get some $$$ to got out and buy tha joint. and its been in rotation in my playa since. kewl cd. talks to ya mind. i did that. aiight, one.

*luv ya self, believe in ya self. be true to ya self, be you for ya self, do you.

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