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Jam of the Weekend/DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince/”Summertime”

I guess all that’s really left to say is….

“Here it is the groove slightly transformed
Just a bit of a break from the norm
Just a little somethin’ to break the monotony
Of all that hardcore dance that has gotten to be
A little bit out of control it’s cool to dance
But what about the groove that soothes that moves romance
Give me a soft subtle mix
And if ain’t broke then don’t try to fix it
And think of the summers of the past
Adjust the base and let the alpine blast
Pop in my CD and let me run a rhyme
And put your car on cruise and lay back cause this is summertime

Summer summer summertime
Time to sit back and unwind
Summer summer summertime
Time to sit back and unwind
Summer summer summertime
Time to sit back and unwind

School is out and it’s a sort of a buzz
A back then I didn’t really know what it was
But now I see what have of this
The way that people respond to summer madness
The weather is hot and girls are dressing less
And checking out the fellas to tell ’em who’s best
Riding around in your jeep or your benzos
Or in your Nissan stting on lorenzos
Back in Philly we be ou in the park
A place called the plateau is where everybody goes
Guys out hunting and girls doing likewise
Honking at the honey in front of you with the light eyes
She turn around to see what you beeping at
It’s like the summers a natural afradesiac
And with a pen and pad I compose this rhyme
To hit you and get you equipped for the summer time

Summer summer summertime
Time to sit back and unwind
Summer summer summertime
Time to sit back and unwind
Summer summer summertime
Time to sit back and unwind

It’s late in the day and I ain’t been on the court yet
Hustle to the mall to get me a short set
Yeah I got on sneaks but I need a new pair
‘Cause basketball courts in the summer got girls there
The temperature’s about 88
Hop in the water plug just for old times sake
Break to ya crib change your clothes once more
‘Cause you’re invited to a barbeque that’s starting at 4
Sitting with your friends cause y’all remincise
About the days growing up and the first person you kiss
And as I think back makes me wonder how
The smell from a grill could spark up nostalgia
All the kids playing out front
Little boys messin’ round with the girls playing double-dutch
While the DJ’s spinning a tune as the old folks dance at your family reunion
Then six o’clock rolls around
You just finished wiping your car down
It’s time to cruise so you head to the summertime hangout
It looks like a car show
Everybody come lookin’ real fine
Fresh from the barber shop or fly from the beauty salon
Every moment frontin’ and maxin’
Chillin’ in the car they spent all day waxin’
Leanin’ to the side but you can’t spead through
Two miles an hour so everybody sees you
There’s an air of love and of happiness
And this is the Fresh Prince’s new defintion’ of summer madness

Summer summer summertime
Time to sit back and unwind
Summer summer summertime
Time to sit back and unwind
Summer summer summertime
Time to sit back and unwind”

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Now Play ‘N Slay On….

 

 

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Jam of the Day/Lil’ Flip/Lea/”Sunshine”

When it comes to our favorite summer grooves, there are those that we’ll always include on our sun-kissed playlists–Xtina’s “Genie in a Bottle,” Backstreet Boys “I Want It That Way,” Will Smith’s ‘Summertime,” Katy Perry’s “California Gurls”…..you know. But then of course, there are ones that we’ll include after we hear them again because we forget about them as soon as Labor Day hit, case in point, today’s jam, “Sunshine” by Lil’ Flip and Lea….now you remember. 

Served to us in the summer of ’04, the bright, bounce-y hip-pop banger cruised straight to the runner-up spot on the Billboard Hot 100, only trailing behind “Lean Back” by Terror Squad (and another one) to get a chance to pull its pants up in the pole position. Now, we could easily sit here and try to track down just what Lil’ Flip and Ms. Lea are up to these days (anyone?), but since the holiday weekend is (almost) upon us, it’s time to enjoy the music, especially when it comes to the SPF-worthy one-hit-wonder-dom of “Sunshine.” 

 

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15 Philly Events Worth Your Philly Entertainment While This Week and Beyond

Since everyone’s posting about how hot it is outside, there’s no need to spill about how just how it really is outside. So, while we prepare ourselves for the impending Memorial Day weekend and heat stroke that’s ahead, these next 15 venues including L’Etage, TLA, Victoria Freehouse and Franky Bradley’s will have their AC’s cranked up (and in Monarch Philly’s case, the pool will be more than ready) to make sure you’re cool as a cucumber while basking in the tremendous local and soon-to-be legendary talent that’s headed your way this week and beyond. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke/Everywhere Now that summer has unofficially arrived, it’s time to belt out some of your favorite summer jamz, so get out there and lend your vocal chords to Philly’s only karaoke queen, the fabulous Ms. Sara Sherr, all week and weekend long as she rightfully owns your song butchering lives with her extensive selection of tracks from her esteemed Sing Your Life Karaoke collection. You can catch her on any one of these nights tending to every single one of your Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff ‘Summertime” needs. Sun, 9-2, Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues, 9-2, 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Thurs, 9-2, Sarah’s Place, 1216 N. 29th Street Fri, 9-1 Southhouse, 2535 S. 13th St.

DJ Chris Urban at L’Etage/Every Saturday Night What could be better than getting your summer music freak on to the slay provided by one of Philly’s hottest DJs? Absolutely nothing. Now, shut the f#$k up and live it up like it nobody’s business. 

Monarch Philly/All Summer Long By now, you’ve sampled just about everything Monarch Philly has to offer, and now they’re about to officially kick it off summer ’16 style this weekend, complete with babes, boys, bubbles, bikinis, bottles and plenty of water for you to make a grand splash in while you recover from your impending heat stroke. Join them this Memorial Day weekend (and beyond) as DJs Royale, Pierson, Montone and many more are eager to bring the pain….and all kinds of summertime joy. 

HoneyWolf Productions Presents Full Front Street/Every Monday Served up at The Victoria Freehouse and hosted by Philly Burlesque Vixen HoneyTree EvilEye, Philly’s only weekly Burlesque show is guaranteed to get you more than ready for the week ahead, especially when special guests Mika Romantic, Pizza Wolfe, Margot Starlux and Holly Ween stop by to lend their talented tassels. 

Sister Act:The Musical/Now through July 17th Does this one really need an explanation? Head to The Academy of Music’s website for all of the Dolores Van Cartier truth you can handle. 

AGITATED!/Tonight In the mood to like, get it all out of your system? Then head to Franky Bradley’s tonight to join Pilar Salt and HoneyTree EvilEye as they dish out an entertaining evening of stunning entertainment while spilling about social/ political issues that impacts today’s cray world and makes this life so god damn agitating sometimes…okay, all of the time. Join these lovely ladies alongside The Baroness, Dalyla Mizan, Aida BummCake and Renée Rebelle as they put in that work to make a stunning piece about it and try to get one stop closer to the truth. “Funny, scary, sad, infuriating, weird: everything goes.” Enough said.

Psycho Beach Party starring Bella Cane & Pissi Myles/Now through June 5th Before we set sail into the Memorial Day sunset, fiercely talented local drag diva Pissi Myles will be getting dipped into the elusive vat of Philly Mixtape 5 reasons why truth, but before we broke all those mugs, you should snatch those tickets up like a cheap weave and go see Ms. Myles slay alongside the incredible Bella Cane as they team up to serve you with their splitting take on Charles Busch’s camp classic, Psycho Beach Party at Walnut Street Theatre’s Studio 5. However, you (yaaaas, you) better hurry because they’re flying out the door faster than your holiday weekend one night stand. 

Tweet/The Charlene Tour/Thursday Yes, that Tweet is about to go “Oops”(Oh My) all over the TLA tomorrow night. 

Jazz at Volver!/Thursday A trendy, yet off-the-radar spot, The Kimmel Center’s connecting fancy restaurant is serving up all the sexy jazz grooves you’ll want to hear before heading into your Memorial Day adventure. 

DJ Jimmy DePre at Tavern on Camac/Every Friday & Saturday Staying in town this holiday weekend but still want to get out there and own the dance floor? Then groove it straight to Tavern on Camac this Friday and Saturslay night as DJ Jimmy DePre brings you all the deep house, ’90s house, new house music and diva rewerks you’ll absolutely want to twirl on to through the weekend. 

RAISED/Friday Join presenters Garrett Olthuis and Sean Green at Franky Bradley’s tomorrow night as they bring us a fundraising event to benefit this years soon-to-be-incredible 2016 Fringe Arts Festival. So, grab a cocktail and get cozy and join tremendously talented guests Maria ArtimDiane Lepore, Garrett Olthuis, Marina Novokreshchenova, Katherine Petronaci, SkyDancer Sean as they turn the lights down and take you into a sexy night of aerial acrobatics, hand to hand balancing and of course, a little dirty dancing never hurt nobody. 

Big Gurlz Club/Saturday Head over to L”Etage on Saturday night on out to see some of the Gayborhood’s biggest funny galz–Cleo Phatra, Fanci DisMount Stratton, Vanessa Sterling and Joshua Nealmake as they’re guaranteed to make you laugh, cry, and as always, tease you with their naughty chipotle ways.

Deborah Cox/Soon/Go here….right now. 

Memorial Day Weekend/Everywhere. Live it up.