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What Millennials Should Know About... Marvin Gaye's 'Here, My Dear'

To celebrate Black Music Month, VIBE spotlights some of music's most essential timepieces for Gen Y to get hip to

MARVIN GAYE
Here, My Dear (1978)

Most Slept On: There are several stand-outs on Marvin Gaye's deeply personal testimony of a marriage descending into its final heartbreaking, bitter, and angry end. But as you dig deeper inside this surreal 1978 masterpiece that is Here, My Dear, you will find the criminally underrated cut "Time to Get it Together," a funked-up number that sticks out amongst the brooding statements of Here, My Dear. Originally written and recorded in 1976, the self-dissecting track finds Gaye trying to work through his own personal demons of drug abuse and womanizing. "Trying my best to find my way," he testifies. "Change our world in just one day/Blowin' coke all up my nose/Gettin' in and out my clothes/Foolin' 'round with midnight ho's/But that chapter of life's closed." Stunning.

Lines Best For Status Updates:
-"I guess I'd have to say this album is dedicated to you/Although perhaps you may not be happy." ("Here, My Dear")

-"If you ever loved me with all of your heart, you'd never take a million dollars to part." ("When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You")

-"Somebody tell me please, tell me please/Why do I have to pay attorney fees (My baby's) Attorney fees...This is a joke/I need a smoke." ("Is That Enough")

-"That young girl is going to cost you/If you want happiness you got to pay." ("You Can Leave, But It's Going To Cost You")

-"Memories haunt you all the time, I will never leave, you're mine..." ("When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You (Reprise)"

Bet You Didn't Know: For their politically-incorrect lean anthem "Sippin' On Some Syrup", Three Six Mafia (feat. UGK/Project Pat) sampled "Is That Enough."

Synopsis: Initially rejected by the public, Here, My Dear has since taken on mythical standing amongst musicologists, critics, artists and longtime fans of Marvin Gaye. This was a long playing document that did little to hide the pain and anguish of an imploding relationship. Initially, the work was recorded to help fund the $1 million Gaye owed to his wife Anna Ruby Gordy in alimony. Gaye's plan was simple. He would purposely make a lackluster, dog of a record just to spite his ex. "Why would I break my neck when Anna was going to wind up with the money anyway," the legendary vocalist said in his 1983 biography Divided Soul--The Life of Marvin Gaye. "But the more I lived with the notion, the more it fascinated me. Finally, I did the record out of deep passion. It became an obsession."

Here, My Dear has been described as the quintessential divorce album. And while there have been other releases that have explored the the raw aftermath of a union becoming undone (most notably Bob Dylan's celebrated 1975 comeback release Blood On The Tracks), the flesh-and-bones recording is the measuring stick for all to reach. The title track itself leaves nothing to the imagination: "You don't have the right to use the son of mine to keep me in line," he pleads. "One thing I can't do without is the boy whom God gave to both of us." Records like the doo-wop heavy "I Met A Little Girl," the thematic "When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You" and the melancholy "Anna's Song" were at once cringe-worthy, bravely executed, and thrilling.

Indeed, it has taken some years for Here, My Dear to get its proper due as an artistic landmark. 30 plus years later, Nas took Gaye's vision into the hip-hop realm with the critically-acclaimed 2012 work Life Is Good. R. Kelly drew inspiration from Here, My Dear on his cathartic (and more hopeful) set Love Letter. And Mos Def included "Anna's Love Song," a reworking of the Here, My Dear track, on this year's Marvin/Mos mashup Yasiin Gaye. But the most unlikely cultural co-sign came from a 2010 television commercial. When actress Charlize Theron boldly strutted across the screen for a Dior J'Adore perfume spot it was to the melody of Here, My Dear's sensual, pimped-out groove "A Funky Space Reincarnation." Just more proof that sometimes we all have to catch up to genius. —Keith Murphy (@murphdogg29)

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Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco, And More Mourn Battle Rapper Tech 9

Battle rapper Tech 9 has reportedly passed away. The artist, born Akeem Mickens, reportedly died Monday morning, XXL confirms.

Fellow battle rapper Buttah From The Block announced the sad news in a message on Facebook. Buttah told XXL that his family and friends were unsure of the cause of death at this time. "We are praying that it was natural causes. He had no signs of harm done to his body," he said.

Tech 9, not be confused with Strange Music's Tech N9ne, was a well-known battle rapper and pioneer. Since news of his passing circulated on social media, a number of hip-hop artists have offered their condolences.

"THEY SAY MY FACE DONT LOOK THE SAME WITH THE STOCK- Condolences to the family of the late great Tech9 of Philly. Rest well," Kendrick Lamar tweeted.

"Rip Tech 9...one of the most entertaining battle rappers. Condolences to his family and friends. May God have mercy on his soul." Lupe Fiasco also tweeted.

Check out more reactions from the hip-hop community below.

THEY SAY MY FACE DONT LOOK THE SAME WITH THE STOCK-

Condolences to the family of the late great Tech9 of philly. Rest well.

— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) March 25, 2019

Rip Tech 9...one of the most entertaining battle rappers.

Condolences to his family and friends.

May God have mercy on his soul.

— “DROGAS WAVE” NOW PLAYING (@LupeFiasco) March 25, 2019

Rest In Peace to the Philadelphia legend Tech 9

— Lloydbanks (@Lloydbanks) March 25, 2019

Rest In Peace Tech 9 one of the funniest and illest battle rappers I’ve seen

— ZXLTRXN (@denzelcurry) March 25, 2019

You know how you say “Nah, he never gon leave us.” Like how we said about Stan Lee.... Thats Tech 9. 😢

— IG: Mickey.Factz (@MickeyFactz) March 25, 2019

Rest Easy to A Philadelphia legend Tech 9 🙏🏾 love & respect to his family and friends. As a fan of the battle rap culture this is a major loss.

— Smoke DZA (@smokedza) March 25, 2019

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LeBron James Has A Message For Los Angeles Lakers Fans

While the Los Angeles Lakers had less than an exhilarating season, its newest addition, LeBron James, isn't going to let the team's losing record deter him from championship pursuits. In an Instagram post, the 6'8" power forward reassured purple and gold fans that the franchise will be better and stronger next season.

"Believe me!" James began. "Promise #LakerNation the spell won't last much longer! I swear. The marathon continues!" The Lakers' record currently stands at 32 wins and 41 losses. In late February, after the team succumbed to a 110-105 defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies, James told reporters that the losing streak is something he can't adjust to.

"The last few years, everyone's so accustomed to the losses that I'm just not accustomed to. I'm not accustomed to it," he said, per USA Today. "I would never get comfortable with losing." Ahead of the 2018-19 season, James joined the team after leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time.

The 34-year-old pro-athlete has seen 13 playoffs since his tenure in the league. His postseason appearances have also amassed three NBA championship titles.

 

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Keri Hilson Says New Music Is Coming Summer 2019

Keri Hilson is making a comeback. After a lengthy hiatus, the singer announced that she will be releasing new music this summer 2019.

Hilson shared the exciting news with her fans on Instagram on Sunday (Mar. 24). "Today marks 10 years since the release of my first studio album, 'In A Perfect World,'" she wrote in the caption of a photo herself. "I didn’t mean to be gone so long, I only needed my real world to be perfect...It is now. Thank you for your patience. The wait is over. I’m ready. Summer 2019."

It's definitely been a long time coming for Keri. In Feb. 2019, the singer explained her absence from the music scene, attributing it to mental health concerns. "I've lost some pivotal characters in the process of stepping away for my wellbeing," she said at the time. "Though I was prepared for the possibility that some wouldn't understand or lose faith in me as an artist while I dealt with the trials of my life, it still hurts. But I accept the fact that some relationships have just run their course."

It's unclear whether Hilson will be coming out with a single or a full LP at this time. Stay tuned for more announcements in the months to come.

 

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Today marks 10 years since the release of my first studio album, “In A Perfect World...” I didn’t mean to be gone so long, I only needed my real world to be perfect...it is now. Thank you for your patience. The wait is over. I’m ready. Summer 2019.

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