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I temporarily forgot the total awesome-sauce that is Isaac' Hayes' rendition of "The Look of Love." For whatever reasons, songs fall out of rotation for me. It's always good when something I've forgotten returns. It was interesting listening to this joint (as well as "Walk on By") in this era of Kanye West. I wonder if any of MBDF owes its inspiration to Hayes.

I had a chance to visit with friend of the room Ricardo Gutierrez  at his mastering studio up in East Harlem last week. I listened to a lot of music on his gorgeous set-up. It's interesting checking out what actually sounds good and what doesn't. A lot of hip-hop I love--Pete Rock and Public Enemy excepted--didn't sound so great. But MBFD really sounded so gorgeous, that I was almost able to tune out Kanye's persecution act. When Ric and I left the spot, I had to repress my urge to toss out my Apple earbuds. 

I have this dream of one day having a proper writer's studio. One of the first things I'm putting in the spot, is a really good sound system. And by good, I don't mean "extremely loud."

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Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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