Rootnotemusic guesting on Unrestricted with DJ Moonbaby this Thursday 7/21


Just a quick note to let you all know that I will be a guest on the Unrestricted Radio Show hosted by DJ Moonbaby! The show is Thursday nights from 8-10 p.m. PST on and I’ll be on this coming Thursday, 7/21, at 9 p.m. PST.

I’ll be sharing a few of my favorite roots tunes from various genres including blues, soul, R&B, hip-hop, and world. The tunes will represent the spirit of this blog. The music will be interspersed with Moonbaby and I chatting about all things music, culture, and life.

It should be a really fun show and I hope you’ll tune in!

You can tune in live on and you can call in at: 310.910.9676 option 1.

Be sure to follow the show #UnRestricted and DJ Moonbaby on social media:
Twitter: @DJmoonbaby & @accelradio
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June 24 on ASPiRE TV: Miles Davis tribute featuring DJ Moonbaby with Robert Glasper and Terrace Martin

AJ Miles Davis

On May 19, 2016, in honor of  jazz legend Miles Davis and his 90th birthday, Grammy-nominated producer/multi-instrumentalist Terrace Martin along with GRAMMY-winning jazz pianist Robert Glasper joined my good friend DJ Moonbaby at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles for a once in a lifetime community event. Glasper, who won his first Grammy with his breakout album, Black Radio, was celebrating his current release, a tribute to and re-imagining of Miles Davis’ music, Everything’s Beautiful. Martin has become well-known for his work with Kendrick Lamar, Quincy Jones, Snoop Dogg, 9th Wonder, and Talib Kweli, among many others.


The free show brought the community together for a night of entertainment, jazz history, and the opportunity to witness some of this generation’s most talented musicians. It was incredible to bring the legend of Miles Davis to such a diverse and youthful crowd. With the release of the feature film, Miles Ahead, featuring Oscar-winner Don Cheadle, the timing is apropos. With a line-up of world class musicians, the packed crowd was wowed they played the music of the groundbreaking genius, Miles Davis. The entire event will be broadcast on the ASPiRE TV NETWORK THIS COMING FRIDAY, JUNE 24TH AT 10 P.M. PST.


Martin and Glasper are not only bringing their love of jazz to the mainstream and new generation, they are merging genres with their collaborations with artists from other genres. Terrace has worked with a wide range of hip-hop and R&B artists, while Glasper has worked with musicians as diverse as Radiohead and Joni Mitchell.

DJ Moonbaby has a weekly radio show on called UnRestricted, every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m. PST, playing the best in soul, hip-hop, gospel, and R&B, but truly throwing in anything she wants, even some trip-hop electronica now and then. She features live music and interviews with an indie artist discovery spotlight along with some of your favorite artists such as three-time Grammy winner Lalah Hathaway, Faith Evans, and more.  Additionally, she serves at the Gospel and TV/Film Music Awards Manager for the Grammy Awards. Aside from that, this busy chica has a gig hosting/curating a music series called Grammy Pro Buzzin’, in which she interviews musicians who are making waves in the current musical ocean as well as the current Grammy nominees and winners.

You can search find ASPiRE TV on your cable provider by searching their website here or calling your local provider. Do not miss this event: truly talented, innovative musicians paying tribute to one of the most groundbreaking musical geniuses of the 20th Century.


Grammy Pro is Buzzin’ with DJ Moonbaby
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Miles Davis Event
Miles Davis Event


Miles Davis Event










Beyond the super bowl: revisiting the prolific talent of Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott

I’m a couple weeks late on this blog post, but I had to add my voice to the chorus of people who were so happy to see Missy Elliot back in the spotlight at this year’s super bowl with Katy Perry. Considering that her songwriting, production, and performing was the soundtrack of my twenties, I owe it to her to express my admiration here. Not only is she a talented songwriter and rapper/performer, she also is a uber-talented producer. According to Wikipedia, Missy Elliott:

“…is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and record producer. Her first major success came as a songwriter with childhood friend and producer Timbaland on projects for Aaliyah, 702, Total, and SWV. As a record producer and songwriter, she has worked with Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and Janet_Jackson, as well as contemporary artists Keyshia Cole, G Dragon, Tamia, Monica, and Ciara…In the late 1990s, Elliott expanded her career as a solo artist and rapper, eventually winning five Grammy Awards and selling over 30 million records in the United States. Elliott is the only female rapper to have six albums certified platinum…including one double platinum for her 2002 album Under Construction.”

My first introduction to her was in 1996 for her songwriting on Aaliyah’s classic album, One in a Million, though I did not know I was being introduced to her. When I first became aware of Missy, it was through her own song “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” on her album Supa Dupa Fly, released in 1998. I cannot tell you how many times I played that song:

Here are some other songs she produced or wrote and/or performed. God bless the super bowl for bringing her back to the spotlight where she deserves to be. Let’s take a trip down memory lane from the late 1990s through the mid 2000s. We want more Missy!

She produced this song “Trippin'” off of Total’s 1998 album Kima, Keisha & Pam:

She wrote this Aaliyah song, “Are U Feeling Me?” from the 2000 Soundtrack to Romeo Must Die:

Elliott produced this modern version of “Lady Marmalade” in 2001, from the Soundtrack to Moulin Rouge:

Missy wrote, produced and performed this song from her 2003 album This is Not a Test, “Pass That Dutchie”:

Another stellar tune written, produced, and performed by Missy, “We Run This”, on her 2005 album The Cookbook: