Tuesday, December 8, 2015

NBA Live 16 "We do this..."

NBA Live 16
"We do this..."

Been at it since 1995.  With each platform from Sega on up, its always been about about Live...will always be about Live.  During their hiatus, we stayed on Live10 for a while.  Picked up 2K only to sell it on Amazon after a couple of game plays.  2K, never again. 

NBA Live 16 is by far the best Live, best b-ball game to date.  From the soundtrack to the game play whether versus friends/family or the system, everything that needs to be on point supersedes the glitches.  Have yet to try the online game play enough to speak on it but hoping for an option to play street court hoop in the next installment w/o online. 

When it comes to video games, for me it goes as far back as Double Dribble on NES, but when Live stepped in, it was over.  Right now, we keep record between brothers & cousins, talking trash, taking names, listing records to the right of the blog screen.

The players include me aka #Lee95, my youngest brother #BigMan44, our brother #BBJosh, the youngin' #EMan, and our cousins #DiamondDutch and #Delicious23.  Everyone has their teams, from the Cavs, Spurs, Warriors, Celtics, Lakers to the Rockets, etc.  

NBA Live Forever.


Home Trained 'Before Kennedy'

I first heard about Laban Carrick Hill after reading When the Beat Was Born, DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop.  You can learn more about this children's book from an interview I did with Laban and the illustrator Theodore Taylor III at Hip Hop Stacks click here.  

Home Trained.org is Laban's blog.  Below is a description about the blog.  It's a great storytelling destination by an incredible storyteller.  I call it a blog memoir, a perfect space to document story and for writers a space to exercise writing while giving people a chance to engage with memories and stories.  

I started reading the blog from the beginning, a post titled 'Family Omerta'.  My most recent read was the post titled 'Before Kennedy', to read click here.  It explores early memories through Laban's experience.  It's also the first time I've ever heard of the 'hippocampus' part of our brains.

As the semester wraps up, I thought about using the 'Me & My Baby Brothers' blog to share more family, friend, and community stories.  Every day there's a new story.  Something that pulls us back in time, or something that makes us think far into the future.  What a great way to document than through a free web property like Google blog.

Here's the description of Home Trained by Laban Carrick Hill.  We've added the Home Trained link to our Reading Bros links list to the right.  In addition, please visit Laban Carrick Hill at labanhill.com, we've added this link to the Writers category to the right.

"Laban Carrick Hill is exploring growing up in a family that was on the wrong side of the Civil Rights Movement and swung from prosperity to poverty. He is currently a high school teacher in Vermont. He is a co-director and co-founder of the Writers Project of Ghana, a nonprofit based in the Ghana and the US. Hill is the author of more than 40 books, including When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop (Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award); Dave the Potter: Artist, Slave, Poet (Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award), America Dreaming: How Youth Changed America (2007 Parenting Publications Gold Award), Casa Azul (NYPL Best Book for the Teen Age 2007), and Harlem Stomp! A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance (National Book Award Finalist)."

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Every Day I Fight Audio Book #every1reads

Every Day I Fight
Audio Book

Discovered the audio book a few months back at the downtown El Paso Library.  After listening to the library copy I purchased the audio book to share with my family.  

It's the first audio book I've ever purchased.  

The second I've ever listened to in its entirety.  

The narration by Adam Lazarre-White is perfect.  Strong connection to Stuart Scott's voice, his tone... the details... Lazarre-White's voice connects listeners to Scott reinforcing how important this story is to the world.  Somebody had to read Every Day I Fight and I'm glad it was Lazarre-White.  

I was active with sports since pre-school.  Upon entering high school in the 90s, Scott's voice was constant in my life growing up a sports fan watching the evening highlights of my favorite professional teams. What I know about sports casting I reference to Stuart Scott.  Especially when it came to our Hip Hop existence, culture...language... Scott broke barriers in how sports is covered  on the TV screen.  He made room for us to be interested.  It may not have crossed my mind then, but learning what I didn't know from Every Day I Fight, it means a lot now. 

I'm grateful he was able to share Every Day I Fight with us...grateful also to everyone involved in making sure it would be published after Scott passed away. His experiences are teachable moments in a lot of ways.  Through his perspective as a father, a son, a brother, a professional journalist, an athlete, a cancer patient, and an overall student of the game of life.

Scott's story digs into the truth of a lot of experiences we may not talk about often.  Especially if you've ever lost or almost lost someone to a health issue, the trauma hits deep.  Listening, you look back with Scott. You experience the joys of his life... him raising his daughters, the success, the love, pain, tears... the good news, bad news, the laughter, depression, resilience, family support...some points pressed me to tears just listening connecting memories, thinking of the future, and how fast time flies.  Lazarre-White's reading is like a homage to Scott for me. I can't imagine anyone else reading Scott's story.  He captured something straight from the soul so we can remember Stuart Scott with Stuart Scott.

For more info I encourage you connect with Stuart's daughters Taelor & Sydni Scott @TaeAndSyd... Every Day I Fight is available as book and audio book.  Find in the libraries, purchase for your own and share, take time, and listen. Here are a few notes from my listen on Twitter click here #EveryDayIFight #StuartScott #every1reads.

-Lee aka EPmijo

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Monday, September 7, 2015



Soon we will draft our coaching philosophy for Every1Plays #E1P.  With every plan there's research.  To the side of this blog you will find a link with coaching resources also useful to parents and athletes.  A few that we discovered includes the Liberty Mutual Play Positive Initiative click here which includes a mailing list offering weekly coaching & parenting tips; the Positive Coaching Alliance at positivecoach.org also includes social media Facebook and Twitter.  We look forward to contributing to a dialogue on how each athlete, player, family, coach, and community can encourage positive play, hard work, and motivate youth towards exceptional sportsmanship.

Coaches, have you developed your coaching philosophy?  Is your coaching philosophy available for parents to read?  Parents, do the coaches your son or daughter play for have a coaching philosophy?  In our opinion, every school district should require every coach develop a coaching philosophy to make available online at the school webpage.  This should also be distributed at parent meetings and among student athletes on the first day of school.  

How are your coaches developing their role as coaches?  What kind of training are they engaged in?  How are families involved in encouraging a positive experience for youth through sports, both on and off whether field, court, track, mat, or ring?

Sunday, May 17, 2015

#every1watch Life of a King

Life of a King

"Think Before You Move"

This was a good film.  Greater is the story it represents... it's about Eugene Brown, depicted in the film by Cuba Gooding, Jr. and a community chess program Brown started in Washington, DC, the Big Chair Chess Club.  It's also just as much a story about re-entry, beginning the day before Brown gets out of prison after several years incarcerated.  It begins with his chess mentor, Searcy, played by Dennis Haysbert, sharing his advice through the principles of the game as Brown prepared for his return back home.  

What was unique about this film from others that follow similar "save the school" narratives is the success of the program actually doesn't develop from within the institution.  It's a move or two away from most "high school gone bad" flicks where the "cool educator hero" comes in and saves the entire class with an academic blazer for a cape.  Instead, it highlights the disconnection of school from community as Brown takes his vision for a Chess Club off  school grounds and into a community chess house on 4322 Sheriff Road.  

The first film I saw starring Gooding was Boyz in the Hood, his first major role... I've enjoyed just about every movie I've seen with Gooding since.  He's amongst my generations greatest actors, and films like this speak for that.  More so, I appreciate the life it represents and promotes.  The flick inspired me to look up more information on the real Eugene Brown to learn more about the Big Chair Chess Club from his words.  Several videos are posted on YouTube as well as text interviews that will appear once you type "Eugene Brown" and "chess" into a search engine.   

Definitely recommend this film to everyone.  The cast of young upcoming actors is great too.  It's one to add for a Chess filmography, right along with my other favorites such as Fresh, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Brooklyn Castle, Game Over Kasparov and the Machine and several others.

You can catch Life of a King on Netflix.

For more information on the Big Chair Chess Club check out bigchairchessclub.org.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Sous Chef Intereview w/ Chef Zoo!

The Sous Chef Intereview w/ Chef Zoo!

Last year I stumbled across a book for my youngest brother after he read The Hoops Whisperer by Idan Ravin titled The Sous Chef, 24 Hours on the Line by Michael Gibney.  We call my youngest brother Chef Zoo.  He's had an interest in cooking since childhood.  When he was around 11 years old, he started making his own breakfast when our mom taught him how to scramble eggs.  Before that, I would assign him to "Kool-Aid" duty while I prepared dinner.  We use to down a pitcher of that liquid candy almost every night.  Zoo got the flavor perfect every single time (no more Kool-Aid these days)... While we all know how to cook something, my brother was the source for breakfast, or baking cakes, preparing pancakes, and he got French Toast down perfect.  Everything he made always tasted better, even crap like Ramen.  Anything my brother made after he learned how to do it tasted better than anyone elses.

In my family everyone can cook different things.  On my mother's side, there's a lot of dishes inspired by our Mexican culture... tacos, enchiladas, mole, chile colorado, chile verde, menudo, caldo (chicken or beef aka de res), and all kinds of other dishes... even corn dogs that were more like flautas that our mother would prepare for us using tortillas de maiz, sliced hot dog, and mozzarella.  When I was around 16 years of age, my mother fell ill and had to have emergency brain surgery to remove a tumor.  She was pregnant at the time and what could've been a fatal procedure for both her and our youngest brother...she survived... She was left with a paralysis to the right side of her body (her strong side).  After a lot of rehab, post surgery procedures, giving birth to our youngest brother, Chef Zoo, all with the use of only the left side of her body, she stayed strong and positive.  Even once she was able to stand and walk again unassisted with a cane, she would still cook for us what she could using one hand.  Like arroz con tomate... balancing her strength on the left side she'd prepare food just as good as before and taught us what she knows. 

Before my mother's illness when I was a child I remember she would prepare homeade flour tortillas (de harina).  The aroma from this memory is like a dream when I think back...My mom who we call Queen Luz, use to also prepare the best cakes, including a favorite of mine...a turn over cake which included lemon and pineapple.  Other people I knew use to bug out when I mentioned that one of my favorite cake flavors was lemon.  My Dad also told me about my mom's famous homeade pizza which she mastered while stationed with my father in Germany during the first few years of my life.  I can't remember anything about this time since I was too young, but I can imagine.  On one of my birthdays I was told we celebrated with my mom's homeade pizza.  During that time my mother also sold burritos from the homeade tortillas she made... soon a few other military wives started doing the same after she showed some of them how to make the tortillas.

Growing up, I also recall mom making homeade chile rellenos.  I wasn't a fan of chile rellenos but was always tempted to try because of the great smell that filled up the house.  Everything our mother prepared I enjoyed, including pot roast, hamurguesas con papas fritas, fried chicken...everything. 

My father also is a master family chef in his own right... from his best of the best barbecue (I've yet to have barbecue from anywhere else that I enjoy more than his) to just about any dish he's prepared, be it pasta, steaks, everything Thanksgiving, Soul food style dishes, even asparagus!  We picked up a lot from Dad just like we picked up from Mom... both of them with their own back stories of great family dinner memories.

Fast forward today with my youngest brother Chef Zoo and he's finishing up his senior year of high school ... he's also two years deep into the culinary program at the Center for Career Technology & Education in El Paso.  I encouraged my brother to get into the program because of his natural interest cooking at home and also after reviewing a school assessment report a few years ago...As I read the report, I got kind of upset that it didn't include any notes about the lively, kind, humorous kid I knew back at home who loved to read, play hoop, and cook.  After discussing this with the family, in the next meeting the ARD & school counselors helped identify an opportunity for my brother to get into the culinary program at CCTE... the opportunity allowed him to balance his time with school and basketball and the transportation he needed to get out to the CCTE site.  My brother was diagnosed with autism during his early childhood years which created a number of challenges as he advanced from one grade to the next.  However, those challenges also opened opportunities for my brother to connect with some great students and incredible faculty... some who would become mentors such as his culinary arts teacher, Mrs. Thomas. 

Recently, my brother wrapped up his read of Michael Gibney's The Sous Chef.  Being involved with the culinary program at CCTE has opened our eyes to cool resources like this, including a great film our friend David recommended starring Jon Favreau titled The Chef

What also tripped me out was how my brother's interest resulted in him being responsible for bringing back the homeade pizza recipe my mom use to make back in Germany.  With the knowledge he picked up in school about measurements/baking and with our mother's detailed guidance, my brother created his own unique style for the dough and sauce.  From flat to deep dish, he's got total control of the dough.  With some pretty good baking pans, we've designated every single one of my b-days for homeade pizza parties, courtesty of Chef Zoo. 

To switch up our approach to how we review books, I went ahead and created an interview with my brother, Chef Zoo, about his reading of the Sous Chef which we checked out from the El Paso Public Library.  Included below are my questions and Chef Zoo's responses as well as links for info on the text.  

On a final note, if you got kids, or young siblings cook for them, cook with them, and turn your kitchen into a learning space, a place that will serve their memory.  I hope our schools do more to promote nutrition and offer more classes and opportunities for children to either learn about food or even get involved with preparing or providing input.  I've heard of a few projects that students have done in other parts of the country that allowed them the chance to get involved with preparing healthy alternatives to what was coming out of the school cafeteria. 

Food is fun, and preparing food plays a big part in bringing family and community together.  It's also connected to a lot of social issues and education.  It creates opportunities for every1 to share stories about family, relationships, community, culture, and things that are going on out there related to health, hunger, & advocacy.

With that said... here's an inteREview with Chef Zoo about The Sous Chef.

An inteREview, or as shown in the title "intereview" is a combination of an interview with the reader reviewing the book they read.  

A 13 Question Intereview w/Chef Zoo about Sous Chef
By Michael Gibney

BB.Lee - When you first saw the cover, what did you think about the book Sous Chef?

Chef Zoo - When I saw the cover of this book that said Sous Chef, I thought of which position this chef was in. During my first year at tech, I was introduced to different chefs with different positions such as a pastry chef, line cook chef, butcher chef, and other chefs that cook foods categorized for their position. As I read the first few pages of this book, I found out that a Sous Chef is an assistant to their Executive Chefs that are responsible for managing the kitchen and its cooks by assisting them while being tasked by the Executive Chef.

BB.Lee - As a high school culinary student, what stood out to you the most that you remember from the beginning of the book?

Chef Zoo - What stood out to me from the beginning of this book as a high school chef was how a chef goes in the kitchen in the morning and prepares himself for the day. I thought of how I prepare myself for class. The similarities a Sous Chef and student chef  has is setting the kitchen up by making sure you have all the food that’s needed, cleaning the tables and directing your co-workers to certain areas, and staying on the task at hand which is cooking food.

BB. Lee - Describe your reading experience of Sous Chef.  What do you give this book on a scale of 1 to 10?

Chef Zoo - My reading experience on Sous Chef gave me a bigger mind set in the kitchen to excel at my skills as a cook and baker. My skills such as cutting certain foods while listening and following what my recipe says gives me success in preparing what I want to cook. I rate this book high, I give it about a 7 out of 10 but I would say it wasn't as exciting a read, but it was important to learn. 

BB.Lee -Name three people in your life you would recommend this this book to and why...

Chef Zoo - The three people I recommend this book to is my best friend Lucien, my girlfriend Bryana, and my other friend Richard. For Lucien, reading this book will make him understand that working in the kitchen is not as easy or simple as others think it would be. When me and him talk on the bus in the mornings and after tech, he tells me how hard it is to keep up with his work on prepping food and wondering why he doesn’t do some of the other tasks that require more skill. I told him that you have to pay attention and ask the teacher questions on how to get better on his skills as a prep cook. I told him I use to struggle last year at prepping food but learned and asked questions on how to cut, smash, boil, and set food. For my girlfriend, this book would show her how a real kitchen is like outside of our high school when you’re learning how to manage and work with different people with different personalities. She has a nutrition class at Andress where she and her classmates work on basic foods. For Richard, this book would make him become a better chef as it makes me better. When I had Richard for class last year, he was one of those students that never gave up in when he had to cook foods from scratch. He was always a hard worker in the kitchen and took everything serious which made him earn Student of the Year in the cooking class.

BB. Lee - What is a Sous?

Chef Zoo - A Sous is an assistant where the name is used mainly in titles.  I think it originated as a French word.

BB.Lee - When you think of food, what is the first food you think of when you think of this book?

Chef Zoo - When I think of this book, the food I think about is Soul food because the title “Sous”.  It  sounds like the word soul, like a Soul Chef.  I think of my Dad's barbeque ribs or some of the flavored pies he said his mom use to make.  I'd like to learn how to grill food.

BB.Lee - How long did it take for you to read this book?

Chef Zoo -  Due to time in school, basketball, and doing other activities at home, it took me a few months to finish this book. But every time I took out his book whether I was on the bus or at home, I would always learn something about a chef’s life or the food and equipment that the writer talks about. This book gave me lessons about performing at a level that I don't know anything about.

BB.Lee - Is this the first chef book you've ever read?

Chef Zoo - By far in terms of looking at books that had food in it, this was not the first chef book I read. During my last twelve years in school I came past some books that was chef related and showed us how they put different types of foods together to make it look good. There was one story my mother and I read about two bunnies making a big pot of soup. When the two added all the veggies, they added one more veggie which was the golden onion. When the one bunny got so caught up with the smell of the soup due to the onions flavor, he went to get one spoon of it and fell into the soup and got cooked. The story was in a big children’s book that we had around the house.

BB.Lee - If you were to write a book about what you like to cook what would it be titled?

Chef Zoo -  If I was to write a book about what I like to cook it would be called “Zoos Pizzas” because not only do me and my family like pizzas but I am good at making pizzas.

BB.Lee - If you could, what would you ask Michael Gibney?

Chef Zoo - The question I would ask Michael Gibney is how are you able to maintain yourself in terms of patience, focus, and commitment to doing what you do as a Sous Chef?

BB.Lee - In the title it says "24 Hours on the Line" what's this about?

Chef Zoo - “24 hours on the line” means that you’re in constant work for 24 hours in a kitchen day and night taking customers’ orders and cooking food.

BB.Lee - What's your favorite part of the book?

Chef Zoo - My favorite part of this book is when all the chefs are at work in the kitchen. At tech when we have productions and bake sales, me and my classmates are always moving around in the kitchen grabbing our ingredients, cooking and prepping food, and having fun. In this book, there are all kinds of personalities and moods going all around the kitchen where people get frustrated at what they do and tensions rising when it comes to delivering food. But I like being in the atmosphere where everyone is handling food.

BB.Lee - Look up something about this book on Google, share what you find.

For more information on The Sous Chef, 24 Hours on the Line by Michael Gibney visit the following links:

Michael Gibney on Twitter: twitter.com/booksoncooking

Michael Gibney on Facebook: facebook.com/booksoncooking

Purchase the Book on Amazon: click here

 Ballantine Books: ballantine.atrandom.com

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#every1watch Review Doin' It In the Park

Doin' It In the Park Documentary

What's up world, check out our #every1watch review about Doin' It in the Park at every1plays.org.  #every1watch is what we'll be referring to film reviews on our site!  Peace.


Monday, April 6, 2015

E-Man's 1st NBA Live Victory

E-Man's 1st NBA Live Victory

Growing up in the 80s playing sports since a child... we were probably the first generation of kids to really respond to sport video games.  I'm talking about video games like Tecmo Bowl, Double Dribble, Pro Wrestling, Bad News Baseball, Mike Tyson's Punchout, Blades of Steel, Jordan vs. Bird One-on-One, All-Pro Basketball, the Track & Field with the Nintendo Power Pad, Nintendo Volleyball, Skate or Die, Excite Bike, RBI Baseball ... the list goes on and on, especially when Sega Genesis dropped...I mean the Sega console just TOOK OVER in so far as what we'd balance our time with between ruining front lawns playing hoop, hitting tennis balls from bats or sticks over someone's fence, or running down the edge of avenue pavement towards the stop sign for a touch down.  Besides the sweat & fun of outdoor sports under the El Paso sun, as kids we balanced the Sandlot life with the indoors of whomever could afford the consoles, controls, and video games we'd try to destroy each others egos through...games like NBA Jam or Coach K's College Basketball or Bill Walsh College Football or Evander Holyfield Real Deal Boxing and on into the legacies of games like NBA Live and Madden...  as adolescents we grew up at the same time video games were growing up.

Fast forward more than two decades and that energy is still there through my younger siblings.  Long gone are the childhood friends from up the block who's TVs we'd crowd around to talk trash while pressing directional buttons, like A's, B's, or the C buttons on Sega and later the shapes of square, triangle, circle, and X that controlled the Playstation moves.

To make a long story short, fast forward to this Sunday and I get beat by a kid in elementary school.  I just turned 34 and he's barely going to turn 9 this month.  He's my nephew and we call him E-Man.  Amongst my two brothers, me being the oldest, the rule has always been to be cool, whether you win or lose. That comes with age though as I can't say I was always like that when I lost... but it's a simple lesson that never fails to play itself out whether young or old in our own lives (at a pick up game, a city league game, a school event) or even in the sports world.  Most recently, we saw this manifest itself in the way a Kentucky Wildcat star responded during a press conference to a question about the Wisconsin Badger athlete that was a major factor in their loss and quite possibly the biggest March Madness upset of our time.  

On April 5th, E-Man legitimately beat me down in a video game I've prided myself as being pretty good at... NBA Live.  For the record, I don't give chances.  If we're going to learn, we'll do a practice run, but as E-Man got older, we went ahead and put his name up on the NBA Live records board.  He started showing an understanding of the game and proved he could run a few quarters during his early initiation to be able to say he had "next".  Since we started playing NBA Live 15 this past winter, E-Man was taking hella loses, often giving up what would've been close games by the third quarter.  But today was different.  By the second half I found myself down by double digits and was able to inch my way back closing in the lead by two.  But it wasn't enough and I took my first L to E-Man, who is officially on the board with his first big win for NBA Live.  Knowing he was given 0 chances, he definitely let me and the whole cook out hear it.  

It was a really cool moment, because of how much it reminded me of when I was a kid.  Especially since I never got the chance as a kid to beat someone that's nearly three times older than me.  I can't even comprehend those kind of props at 9 years old.  So today, we send this shout out to E-Man's first big win against Lee95', now 11-9.  And if you into numerology, ain't that a trip?  I get my 9th defeat to a 9 year old.  Props to E-Man.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Hoop Clips Pt. 1

Hoop Clips Pt. 1 / YouTube
Joshua Rhyanes
El Paso, Texas

This evening we got together for a family dinner and screened the latest b-ball mixtape featuring some highlights from Joshua Rhyanes that Meagan recorded.  I took care of the editing along with some instrumental sounds to go along with the game play.  You can view the video by clicking on the image or link above!  Currently working on Pt. 2 and a tape featuring Isaiah's time with the Andress High School Eagles.  

To view Hoop Clips Pt. 1: click here

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Every1Plays Music Review: Xscape

Every1Plays Music Review: Xscape

We first heard the new MJ record on the Kyrie Irving commercial with the track ((Love Never Felt So Good)).  In doing a soundtrack of my life (Big Brother Lee), my first cognizant music moment was MJ's Thriller.  It's my earliest music memory and where my love for music started.  In thinking about Thriller today, along with MJ I think of Quincy Jones.  During my time on radio, I'd go back to Q's previous work, digging & listening, especially everything Hip Hop sampled and stuff that was popping up on films like Austin Powers.  I have always been interested in Quincy Jones' life and how he survived through the times making history through something he was able to pick up as a youth. 

In thinking about a record like Xscape, a reason I wanted to get it was for me & my baby brother to listen to while we drove around town.  Noticing the CD at Sam's Club I decided to buy it.  It's been a long time since I've purchased an MJ record.  Most of my MJ collection dates back to Bad and everything before including his 70s solo records and the Jackson 5.  One of my youngest brother's favorite Michael Jackson records is Off the Wall.  Listening to the mixtape we made called the Early Weekend No School Mix you can hear my brother, then 12 years old, singing the lyrics to ((Off the Wall)) during the skits.

We enjoyed Xscape and listened to most of it on our way to Game Stop for the midnight release of the PS4 game Destiny.  Some of the songs on there made us think of how cool the record would sound on a video game or a film, especially a track like ((A Place With No Name)).  

In listening to Xscape and reflecting on the album for this blog, I was interested in knowing if Quincy Jones had any involvement or thoughts about the record.  I searched and found an interview where he not only shares his thoughts on the Xscape record, but some notes from his life, childhood and up.  He mentioned also that he felt the MJ record was more so about money, shaking his head in disapproval for what it was. I've got a lot of respect for Quincy Jones, and listening to Xscape could only imagine what a collaboration would've been beyond just Thriller and Bad.  Those were special times in music and something we can appreciate without having to wish or expect anything else.  Listening to what is used on Xscape though, you can't help but wonder under different circumstances and without all the controversy MJ dealt with, the what ifs.  He literally had the ear of the universe at his door step. 

Regardless, we appreciated the record for what it was or wasn't... if anything we appreciated the voice that will forever be familiar to our music memories.  Rest in peace MJ.

Below is the interview I reference with Quincy Jones.  

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