5 Reasons Why Mark Morrison’s Return of the Mack is One of the Best Songs Ever Recorded

Look, I’m going to cut to the chase. “Return of the Mack” is an amazing song. In fact, a work of art. If you don’t think so, please stop reading and click HERE. If you’re still with me keep reading. Here are 5 reasons why “Return of the Mack” is one of the best songs ever recorded.

Timeless: The song hasn’t aged one bit since it’s release over 20 years ago. People have also mentioned that the day it was released should be a national holiday and I agree. Friendships have ended because of this song. Yes, it’s that serious.

Harmonies: the harmonies in the song were so strong that director Jake Nava created an effect inspired by it in the video. This was the first time Jake used a motion control camera to achieve the shot. Mark was split into triplets for an epic walking scene and another scene later in the video.

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Video: Speaking of the video, it was perfect. It had Concord in it (A CONCORD). It had a beautiful leading lady. Cutting edge effects. This might be one of the best videos ever filmed as well. We’ll revisit that at a later date. Watch it below.

Songwriting/Flow: From the hook, verse, and bridge… Nuff said.

Production/Samples: “Return of the Mack” samples 4 songs, “Genius of Love”
by Tom Tom Club (1981), “Games” by Chuckii Booker (1992), “Rocket in the Pocket (Live)” by Cerrone (1978), and “UFO” by ESG (1981). Mark Morrison and Phil Chill masterfully put together these sounds to make something so classic.

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has nine Top 10 singles in the UK and was even signed to Death Row at one point. Mark is a legend and he will go down in history for recording one of the best singles in the history of music. I just nominated “Return of the Mack” to be added to the National Recording Registry and although it’s intended for preservation as part of America’s heritage, I think this song deserves inclusion.

So if you’re inviting me to a BBQ, party or anything… make sure you have “Return of the Mack” on deck.

Song Credits are Virtually Missing on Streaming Services

Valholla Chairman, Vince Valholla starts his new YouTube channel with a post about liner notes and the lack of access to them on streaming services.

Song credits from liner notes are one of the things I look forward to seeing when I buy a physical album. Today is a different time. Most people consume music digitally on streaming services like Apple Music, Spotify, TIDAL, and YouTube. Finding liner notes or credits on streaming services aren’t easy so in this episode of The Chairman’s Corner, I explore this and how artists and labels can help this until streaming services catch up.

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Why Don’t Americans Seem to Be As Interested in International Music as Drake Is?

Say what you want about Drizzy’s last two projects ‘More Life’ and ‘Views’, one thing that’s undeniable is that his ear for talent extends further than his Native North American continent. Infusing dancehall is nothing new to Hip Hop, especially when it comes to artists from Canada. The massive chart success of Drake’s afrobeat inspired ‘One Dance’ was the smash single that should have opened the floodgates for an Afrobeat and other international sounds to invade the North American musical space.

Instead we’ve been blessed with an array of Afrobeat inspired singles from American artists that have been met with a generally lukewarm, at best, reception here in the states. Alicia Keys’ ‘In Common’ came and went without making the usual splash that we’ve come to expect with an Alicia single. Justine Skye’s collaboration with frequent Drake collaborator and Nigerian super producer Wiz Kid, “U Don’t Know” was an amazing record that hasn’t taken off nearly as emphatically in America as it probably should have. However, it looks as if Omarion could be the one to buck the trend of American artist’s Afrobeat inspired singles becoming duds here at home. His, still freshly released, West African Drum heavy single “Distance” is picking up steam in multiple radio markets. It remains to be seen.

As of now, however the fact still holds that while we love Drake, Americans are still pretty halting in their receptiveness to Afrobeat and other foreign sounds that the 6ix god seems to be valiantly trying to entrench into the North American musical landscape

On his latest project ‘More Life’ Drake took on the persona of a London Cockney, as he featured four British artists on his latest project. Not only was Peckham native Giggs featured on not one, but two tracks, he a manage to steal the show with his choppy and unhinged delivery on ‘KMT’. Drake also let Tottenham native Skepta have his own shine with an interlude, in which the North Londoner took full advantage of giving us two minutes of undeniable lyrical vigor.

On what will undoubtedly go down as one of the biggest, if not the biggest album of 2017, it was artists from Britain who were the standouts. Drizzy even replaced his usual Rihanna duet with another sultry crooner by the name of Jorja Smith who hails from Walsall, England on the track ‘Get It Together.’

This being said, fans on this side of the Atlantic still to be rather maladroit on how they feel about music from that side of the pond even as our most cherished star champions it. A couple weeks before More Life came out, London rapper Stormzy released, what I think will go down as the best album of 2017 from a musical standpoint with his acclaimed debut ‘Gang Signs and Prayers’ which hit number one on UK Charts, but for whatever reason is largely slumbered upon here in the states.

Drake has managed to validate us doing the most absurd things such as drunk dialing or exes to talk crazy about their new boyfriend, and wifing up women knowing they have daddy issues and all sorts of others. But when it comes to warming up to sounds from other continents, it continues to be an uphill battle.

The ironic thing is, in countries where English is a distant second language, our music is not only appreciated but honorably imitated. When I went to a nightclub in Paris a few weeks ago, I was surprised that I knew 90% of the music being played. That’s because most of the night DJs would shuffle through Drake, Kid Ink, Fetty Wap and Omarion for the bulk of each set. I can recall about 30 minutes where the music I heard was in the French language along with some Caribbean rhythms and Afrobeat mixed in.

The same could be same, but on a larger scale in Amsterdam, when I attended what is probably that city’s premier nightclub, Jimmy Woo. I don’t recall hearing any Dutch artists being played (granted I was pretty smacked) even though the country is home to some appealing artists that could burn up playlist anywhere. Artists such as Frenna, Ronnie Flexx and Rotterdam Airlines have vibes that should be able to light up the dance floor anywhere.

It’s unfortunate that the same cosmopolitan appreciation for global sounds. It’s a bit telling of our ethnocentrism as we’ve been spoiled by living the headquarters of cool. America more or less curates what’s cool when it comes to mainstream culture in this global world. But the catch to that is we continue to overlook a lot of great things that the world has to offer by only keeping our ears focused on this bubble. Drake is onto something with More Life as he looks to continue what he started on ‘Views’ in using his platform to showcase the beauty of Caribbean, European and Afro sounds that play a major role in the music scene in his native Toronto, but less so here in the states.

Eventually, Americans will have no choice but to catch on. We’re living in a global world. The same way the regional divides have all but disappeared in Hip Hop, borders, language barriers and 6 hour time differences will soon no longer matter when good music is being made. North American based blogs such as Fader and TFSLifestyle.com have long jumped on the boat with the latter offering their International Wednesday segment, which has showcased artists from Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand and more on every hump day over the past year.

It’s only a matter of time before North Americans come to realize that the world has so much more to offer musically other than what we see outside our front door.

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Link Management Platform Bitly Interviews Valholla Chairman/Chief Executive, Vince Valholla

One of the tools used by our company daily is Bitly. We’ve used their platform for our custom URLs since 2009. Last week, Bitly released an interview with our company founder, chairman, and chief executive, Vince Valholla

Vince discussed how our company uses Bitly, success we’ve had with social media and so much more. Read the in-depth interview HERE or simply hit the tweet below.

Meet Flock, The Go-To Barber for Athletes, Celebrities, and Vince Valholla

For a guy, choosing a barber is a very important decision. Most guys keep the same barber for a long period of time. I’ve been getting my haircut from the same barber for over 6 years. My personal barber, Flock is one of the smartest guys I know so I wanted to highlight him and his business model. Here’s my interview with Flock of The Bespoke Barber.

Vince: How long have you been cutting hair and how did you start?

Flock: I’ve been cutting hair for 15 years now. My mother used to do hair and I used to edge myself up and my friends up. Where I’m from, nobody really could cut my hair so I didn’t really get a good haircut til I was about 13, 14 years old. After I went and got my hair cut from a barber named Rodney at this shop called Cuts Unlimited in Norfolk, Virginia, I thought I got my hair cut really well. I liked the camaraderie that they had in the barbershop and that was the beginning of the journey right there.

Vince: That’s dope. What can you attribute your success as a business owner to?

Flock: Just perseverance. Putting myself in situations that are very uncomfortable. I moved around a lot I had to restart clientele and you get momentum going in a certain area. Then you leave that area, it’s kind of hard to re-create the magic in a new area because nobody really knows you. It’s kind of like re-proving a point at a lot of different times in your career, which actually makes you humble because when you get good at cutting hair you kind of get an arrogance about you and feel like, well you need to come fuck with me. Fact of the matter is that people really don’t. You’ve got to prove you’re worthy of fucking with like that, so I’ve been blessed enough to restart. I’ve had a knack for being able to get shit going, which is just, I don’t know … Dope.

Vince: That’s what’s up. What do you think sets you apart from other barbers?

Flock: I ain’t really into and I never really have been into what other barbers are into. I Like dressing, and cars, and, you know, those stupid trivial shit. I love sports but, you know, I get tired. I don’t want to talk about just trivial bullshit all day. You know … I like to think. I’m a thinker so just different random thoughts come across my mind. I love being a student of life, man. If I can read something or listen to something that’ll educate me and just help me as a human, not just as a barber and shit, I’m all into that.

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Vince: You have a pretty unique business model. Explain your mobile business and describe the services you offer within it.

Flock: With the mobile aspect, it kind of really started because I moved from Miami to Broward. You learn throughout your career is you don’t want to keep starting over again. I started offering a mobile service to my existing clients and I was driving from Broward to Miami almost every day, and just doing high-end and private house calls. Then I got momentum from the internet. I started a website, a basic website, and it became organically number one on Google. I started having random people find me online and hit me up. I just started getting myself into different situations where people needed a haircut, whether it was somebody in a hospital or just people that didn’t have the time to go to the shop. Older people, rehab centers as well as celebrities and athletes.

Then with the shop, Bespoke Barber, I just needed a stationary location. I was doing strictly mobile for like three years. I became a vendor with Fontainebleau I became their first on-call barber. I knew I needed a stationary location to kind of balance everything out. It’s also easier for people to process of going to a shop because a lot of times with the mobile you’re explaining why your service costs as much as it does. A person’s really paying for convenience. You’ve got to charge more but you have to have your shit on point. In the shop you can come over yourself and you need both.

Vince: Let’s see. What’s one piece of advice that you remember receiving that you use every day or every week?

Flock: One piece of advice that stuck with me, and I don’t even like the person that told it to me, but real shit, is “eat shit til you eat steak”.

Vince: Wow.

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Flock: That’s business, man. Can you withstand going through a period of not having something to get to that period of overabundance, like you’ve got to eat shit ’til you eat steak.

Vince: Pretty dope … For anyone starting to cut their hair professionally as a barber, what advice would you give them?

Flock: Trends are cool but classic shit will always outlast. One thing I would say is if you master one basic haircut you could pretty much, if you’re so good at that one thing you could have a career off of just one thing. You know what I mean? Obviously the more arsenal you have in your repertoire the more valuable you are. Also, you got to market yourself. A lot of people, you learn something and you could be a master at something technically but have no knowledge of business, and marketing, and how money works or the fact that if you make money nobody is going to tell you to re-invest or tell you to keep educating yourself. That’s something you have to figure out. Most people they just hit a wall. Even me, I’ve hit several walls and you’ve got to get angry enough to want to learn.

Vince: Every time we talk, I end up learning something. Do you see yourself writing a book in the near future?

Flock: Man, yeah. Absolutely. I definitely want to put my thoughts to paper and present it to the world. I recently, I’m into audiobooks right now. Trevor Noah just put out a book this year called Born a Crime and it’s about his life growing up as a mixed kid in apartheid South Africa. When I listen to it, I don’t know, it struck a nerve with me because I’m mixed and I just understood a lot of the nuances that the average person might not get. I was like, “Damn, that’s kind of deep.” Certain people’s life experiences can be so new to somebody but if you live them they’re so old already, you know what I mean? You know, I definitely would like to share my thoughts and some of my experiences to people who would be open to listen to it. Maybe create a dialogue.

Vince: Dope. Before we end, tell everyone the areas you serve.

Flock: Miami, Broward, and if the papers right Palm Beach.. Hell, I’ll fly out for the check!

Visit BespokeBarberSawgrass.com to book an appointment with Flock today.

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