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What goes well with Drakkar and your young attempts to be all GQ Smooth? Why the Isley Brothers, of course. Back in the early 90s the effort to show a slow-jam game that was sicker than the average depended on digging through your parents crates. New Edition, After 7 and Keith Sweat wasn't quite enough. You had to go deeper.


Back in the Jurassic Age when I was pursuing Kenyatta, I took her on a long drive out into the country and threw on the Otis Redding. By then everyone was up on the Isleys. You had to take it back to Stax--the blackest of all Morning Coffee.


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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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