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SoundCloud Playlists

• Alternative R&B // progressive R&B/Soul tracks
https://soundcloud.com/6xi/sets/alternative-r-b

• Without You // For moments alone
https://soundcloud.com/6xi/sets/without-you

• Mellow Bars // Chillout Hip Hop
https://soundcloud.com/6xi/sets/mellow-bars

• Urban Poet // Smart flow & heady rhymes… this is the best alternative and underground Hip Hop
https://soundcloud.com/6xi/sets/urban-poet

• LOVE, SEX & WATER // Hip Hop & RNB essentials that epitomize the concept of a chill: a spa for your soul
https://soundcloud.com/6xi/sets/love-sex-water

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On this day in music history: June 23, 1990 - “U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 1 week, also peaking at #8 on the Hot 100 on June 16, 1990. Written by MC Hammer, Rick James and Alonzo Miller, it is the biggest hit for the Oakland, CA born rapper and dancer born Stanley Kirk Burrell. After the success of his major label debut “Let’s Get It Started”, MC Hammer hits the road to support it. Hammer installs a recording studio on his tour bus to begin work on his second release while touring. Working with former Con Funk Shun member Felton Pilate and James Early, Hammer comes up with the idea of using Rick James’ 1981 hit “Super Freak”, to form the basis of what becomes “U Can’t Touch This”. As the track is being worked on, everyone agrees the song will be a smash. James is furious at first when he finds out that his song publisher and Motown Records have granted Hammer permission to the use the song without his consent. He sues for copyright infringement, with the matter being settled out of court. When James receives his first royalty check from sales of the record and mechanical royalties from the publishing, it is for over $1 million, and it is not the last one he receives for that amount. Issued the first single from Hammer’s third album Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em, Capitol Records in the US issues the song only as a vinyl 12" single which qualifies it to chart according to Billboard’s chart criteria, but its chart success is driven largely by airplay. The strategy drives sales of the album to 10x Platinum in the US alone. “U Can’t Touch This” also wins Grammy Awards for Best R&B Song and Best Rap Solo Performance in 1991.

-- saltwater sweetheart in the man-made lake

She drank fresh water from the mouth 

of a sea monster. All the saltwater 

              fish held their breath and turned upside down. 

Her head lifted from the sea slowly, secrets 

                evaporating but leaving salt

to be consumed by the hungry.

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