The It’s Complicated Series

How else do you define love when so many extenuating circumstances are present in a relationship… AND, still BE IN LOVE?

Jada Pinkett Smith said it best “Love can be exhilaratingly euphoric and exhaustingly annoying.”

The It’s Complicated theme of songs is dedicated to those who are confused about where they stand in their relationship and those who do not openly communicate on a consistent basis. It’s about the things that really matter, it’s about infidelity, a scorned woman, and a man in love who recognizes her worth, it’s about being hurt, yet still loving the one who caused that hurt. It’s about falling down and getting back up.

Love is… All of this.  And then some:

Faithful/Unfaithful
Selfish
Giving
Nurturing
The art of communication or, lack thereof…
Greed
Deceit
Trust/distrust
Heartbreak
Worth
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Regret
Conclusion
Vulnerability
Honesty
Devoid of…
Emotions
Extraordinary
Evolving
Forgiving
Dealbreakers
Generous
Passive
Romance
Love
Understanding
Aggressive
Patience
Looking beyond the clouds of doubt
Assertive
Amazement
Happiness
Supportive
Excitement
Dependable
Clingy

Love is a conflict, competition, and violence to our longing and desire for love. There are many kinds of love that give shape and meaning. How do you actively love, how can you tell if someone loves you? Love is and remains a mystery – Excerpts from Chester Gregory’s “Initializing”

Ultimately, Love is about acceptance and moving forward.

And the lust, oh I meant list goes on…


It’s Complicated Vol. I
Marcell and the Truth – Maybe I’m Not the Man
Lamone – Disgusted
Cheryl Pepsii Riley – Damn!
Mint Condition – Falling Apart
Chaka Khan – You Can Make the Story Right
Milira – Three is a Crowd
Kenny Latimore – Trial Separation
Avani – Best Friend’s Lover
Darien Brockington – He Will Break Your Heart
Faith Evans – Get Over You
Rogiers – Hollywood Story
Javier – Beautiful You Are
Junior – Stop Fanning the Fire
Jill Scott – Lonely When You’re Around – Jill Scott
Darien Brockington – (Interlude)Lover and Friend


It’s Complicated Vol. II
1. Chester Gregory – Initializing
2. Havana – Tangled
4. Koffee Brown – Chick on Da Side –
5. Gaelle – Parkway
6. Bilal – Sometimes
7. Leela James – Mistreating Me
8. Leela James – My Joy
9. Carol Riddick – You Better Not Hurt Me
10. Rachelle Farrell – Nothing in the Middle –
11. Kenny Latimore Make Believe
12. Kem – Missing Your Love

It’s Complicated III
1. Carmen Rodgers – Bittersweet (Interlude)
2. Jill Scott – Insomnia
3. Carmen Rodgers – Tell Your Story
4. Chester Gregory – If Only
5. Leon King – Faze
6. Marcell and the Truth – I’m Coming Home
7. N’Dambi – Ooo Baby
8. Trina Broussard – Not Around
9. D’Angelo – Shit Damn Motherfucker
10. Laurnea – Still Come Back to You
11. Leon King – Remedy
12. Mint Condition f/Phonte (Lil Brother) – Somethin
13. Gordon Chambers – Never Fall in Love Again
14. Foreign Exchange – All or Nothing

It’s Complicated IV
1. Kenny Lattimore – Interlude: Introspective Mood
2. Will Downing – Don’t Talk to me Like That
3. Ty Causey – Place in Your Heart
4. Jade – Do You Want Me
5. Rahsaan Patterson – Do You Feel The Way I Do
7. Angela Johnson f/Lisala – Walkin
8. Leigh Jones – Sick of Fools
9. Angela Johnson f/Trisha Angus and Lisala – Crying Over You
9. Jill Scott – Only You
10. Mary J. Blige – Seven Days
11. Laurnea – Still Come Back 2 U
12. Leon King – Remedy
13. Gordon Chambers – Never Fall in Love Again
14. Chico DeBarge – No Guarantee
15. Soul: ID – Sex, Love and Philosophy

It’s Complicated V (Cupid’s Hunt)
1. Ultra Nate – Twisted
2. Ivana Kotov – Alone Without You
3. Swamp 82 f/Nina Provencal – Falling
4. Mike Phillips f/Natalie “Floacist” Stewart- Fallin
5. Rogiers – The Reason
6. Damon Cooper – I Love You
7. Liv Warfield – Feeling Lonely
8. Jill Scott – Only You
9. Jonz (Kameron Korvet) – Situation
10. Rosie Gaines – Closer Than Close
11. Ann Nesby – If You Love Me
12. Carleen Anderson – Stories

It’s Complicated Vol. VI
1. Koffee Brown – (Intro)
2. Cleveland Jones – Sensitive
3. Frank McComb – Better off Without You
4. Laurnea – Doesn’t Matter
5. Maysa – Prelude (to What About Our Love)
6. Liv Warfield – I Decided
7. Eric Benet – When You Think of Me
8. Mikki Howard – If You Still Love Her
9. Ty Causey – I’ll Wait for You
10. Rahsaan Patterson – Sometimes (You gotta let go) instrumental and vocal
11. N’Dambi – Broke My Heart
12. Sinclair – Stay With Me
13. Eric Benet – She’s My Lady
14. Carol Riddick – I Don’t Wanna
15. Marcus Johnson f/Alyson Williams – Morning Light

It’s Complicated VII
1. Chrisette Michele Interlude (In My Heart-Convo with Boyfriend) and Mint Condition Believe (Reprise)
2. Noel Gourdine – Sorry
3. Spur of the Moment -Candlelight
4. Janita – Life Goes On
5. Carl Thomas – Get You Back (Interlude)
6. Roy Ayers – Gotta Find a Lover
7. Najee f/Sisaundra Emotional
8. Sy Smith – I’ll Always Come Back
9. Eric Benet Fun and Games
10. Will Downing – Do You Still Love Me
11. Lindsey Webster – Walk Away
12. Cheryl Pepsii Riley – No, But I Want to So Bad
13. Chrisette Michele – Interlude (In My Bed Sleeping)
14. Faith Evans – Stay
15. Jon B – What in the World
16. Physics – Holdin’ On
17. Mint Condition – Believe

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What is Love? / What Love Is.

I’m Back! With the definition of
L O V E… I think ☺

Mixcloud is where my mixes reside, and a new supporter has been in communication lately, leaving comments filled with thoughts, opinions, and appreciation of my song selections, and the support has sparked a fire in me!

As artists often create music and lock it up in a vault for whatever reason; I too have unpublished mixes I’ve been holding on to for years…  I’ve been enjoying them for my own entertainment, perhaps thinking they needed rearranging, commentary, drops? Who knows?

Well, I decided it was time for me to release them– pretty much as is…

I’ve posted five mixes about love, in addition to a new but old, Funky Fresh Covers IV: The Upbeats and a brand new House Music mix A Taste of Suga’s House.

Below are the latest published mixes and the playlists that tell the story of LOVE–Whether my mixes are “Addictive Love” or “It’s Complicated“, they damned sure channel that “SeXXXy Love” vibe!

Many of the tracks incorporate situations where love is in limbo, however, are all akin to grooves I love within these associated themes.  Love has as many negative connotations as positives. No matter the situation, this is some Grown and SeXXXy shit!

Now, let’s break it down, shall we?

Addictive Love
The artists that produced these songs included in the Addictive Love mix, are depicting a strong desire to never leave the relationship, or get it back on track after mistreatment, etc., hence why I selected these songs and themed mix titles.

1. Ty Causey So Addicted
2. Dennis Taylor Feeling Good
3. Frank McComb Never Letting Go
4. Conya Doss What I’d Do for You
5. Janita I Can’t Get Enough of You
6. Kem Without You
7. Laurnea Can’t Let Go
8. Ann Nesby I Can’t Get Over You
9. Incognito Can’t Get You Out of My Head
10. Liquid Spirits f/Melodee No One
11. Darien Brockington Can We Fall in Love Again
12. Janelle Monae Can’t Live Without Your Love
13. Rosie Gaines I Can’t Get You Off My Mind
14. Ty Causey Without You
15. Mary J. Blige Can’t Get You Off My Mind

What is Love?
We think we do, but really don’t know What Love Is, do we? These songs and their artists offer perspectives and experiences on love’s definition. In there lies a story…

1. Vivian Green What Is Love
2. Lalah Hathaway This Could Be Love
3. N’Dambi Can This Be Love
4. Marilyn Scott f/Frank McComb You Don’t Know Love
5. Anthony Hamilton I Know What Love Is All About
6. Robert Glasper Let’s Fall in Love
7. Ivana Kotov Should I Call It Love
8. Zo! f/Yahzarah If This is Love
9. Eric Roberson What Is Love Made Of
10. Donna Gardia & M-Swift Love Is
11. Jon Bibbs Found Love
12. Nahjai Soul Easy to Love
13. The Floacist This Love
14. Zo! f/Chantae Cann All Is Well With Love

What Love Is: The Matrimony
What Love Is, is man’s and woman’s initial attraction, the newness of each other’s company, learning one another and all of that, eventually transcends into to a commitment–with marriage lurking around the corner 😍 This mix entails a great love story!

1 Interlude (Faith) Faith Evans
2 Got to Find a Way Frank McComb
3 Maybe Kelli Sae
4 All Because of You Conya Doss
5 Every Little Thing Chaka Kahn
6 Love Thang Rena Scott
7 I’m in Love Kem
8 Everything I Do Beyonce f/Bilal
9 You Are My Joy Faith
10 No One Else Amel Larrieux
11 I Believe in Love Leon Ware
12 SoulMate Iman Williams f/AB
13 Best Friend Tweet f/Bilal
14 So Grateful Jeff Bradshaw f/Coco
15 The Matrimony Rhonda Thomas f/Alex Lattimore
16 We are One Ledisi f/Rahsaan Patterson

SeXXXy Love: Sweet and Happy
And after all of that, SeXXXy Love Vol. Sweet & Happy is an up-tempo, yet sweet, SeXXXy, and happy love mix that makes me smile inside and out. Some of the tracks have that SeXXXy component to it, although not so rated semi “X” as a few of my other mixes. This story is more about the happy and sweet element of love.

Tamia Leave It Smokin
Jill Scott f/Anthony Hamilton So In Love
Will Downing f/Roy Ayers Lovers Melody
Renee Neuville Watching Me
Deborah Bond You Are The One
Kelli Sae Found Somebody Like You
Inner Shade Tell Me Something
Stevie Wonder My Love is on Fire
Terri Walker Forever and a Day
Zo! Holding You, Loving You
Rahsaan Patterson You Make Life So Good
Gil Small (RIP) Heaven
Teena Marie f/Howard Hewitt Lover’s Lane
Faith Evans Love Song

SeXXXy, Complicated Love Vol. Prince

What I am about to say may shock some of you but I was not a big fan of Prince, however, I always respected him as an artist. There, I said it! The songs played on the radio were catchy and I had my favorites like Adore, Kiss, Purple Rain and When Doves Cry. I purchased one of Prince’s album and that was Diamonds and Pearls because I loved Rosie Gaines’nvoice on the title track. I also loved Gett Off and Insatiable. Not until he passed, I had no idea he published 39 albums and wrote popular songs for a host of other artists.

Nevertheless, I was a nervous wreck when I heard on the radio that there was a dead body in his home They hadn’t confirmed who it was, and I was pissed they were playing Prince’s music like he was already gone. Minutes later the news came that is was indeed his body. Tears welled up in my eyes. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Like everyone else, I was in total shock. Since his passing, I have immersed myself in videos of his live performances because I never had the experience of seeing him in concert, although I had all intentions the next time he came to town. Viewing his live concert videos is like I’m right there in the audience—it’s the next best thing to being there at this point! Yes, I know, I missed out big time!

On another note, being a member of the Valentine’s Day, Cupid’s Hunt Collaboration has made me feel like a family member and I am ecstatic my Sista Jolene “called my name” to request a SeXXXy Love mix featuring Prince! It’s good to know that my music mixes are reaching people! Thank you, Jolene, for testing me; I surprised myself by rising to the occasion so quickly!

In my search for tracks to include in the mix, I was surprised to find so much of Prince’s music in my library, I didn’t even realize I had. I totally slept on this music other than what the radio played. I can say that within the past three months or so, 1000 x’s and o’s has been in constant rotation on New York’s WBLS, and I instantly fell in love with it! I knew his voice sounded familiar but didn’t know it was him until I Shazammed the song—it all made perfect sense, and I was mad at myself for not figuring it was him.

A couple of the tracks I selected have the blues written all over them while also taking on a nice nasty, sweet and spicy kinda feel along with a bit of good ole soul and gospel! I was pleased to find such beautiful songs I hadn’t heard before. Thanks to my other son, Marques I included The Greatest Romance Ever Sold, The Neptunes Remix which hit me in the right spot and had to add it. I don’t usually select songs for my mixes that are regularly played on radio programs unless they fit into my theme or I really love them. Therefore, I chose a specific selection to showcase SeXXXy Love and It’s Complicated because all of the songs are SeXXXy and some of the lyrics in certain tracks involve complicated situations. It was really good to find these tracks, as I love a good and undercover nasty love song that has a funky and soulful beat to it.

Here’s an emotional read from my other Cupid’s Hunt Podcast Collaboration Sista, Calandra’s reaction to Prince’s death.

Do enjoy and let me know what you think!

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Call My Name

Manadatory Credit: Photo by Brian Rasic / Rex Features (396812dh) PRINCE VARIOUS

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Adore (Live)

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2011 file photo, U.S. musician Prince performs during his concert at the Sziget Festival on the Shipyard Island, northern Budapest, Hungary. The enigmatic star flew into London on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at the start of a still-evolving string of dates in support of forthcoming album "Plectrum Electrum," recorded with all-female trio 3RDEYEGIRL. (AP Photo/MTI, Balazs Mohai, File) HUNGARY OUT

FILE – In this Aug. 9, 2011 file photo, U.S. musician Prince performs during his concert at the Sziget Festival on the Shipyard Island, northern Budapest, Hungary. The enigmatic star flew into London on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at the start of a still-evolving string of dates in support of forthcoming album “Plectrum Electrum,” recorded with all-female trio 3RDEYEGIRL. (AP Photo/MTI, Balazs Mohai, File) HUNGARY OUT

Insatiable
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On The Couch

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 27: Musician Prince performs onstage at the 2006 BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 27: Musician Prince performs onstage at the 2006 BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The Dance
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How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore

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Satisfied
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What it Feels Like
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Gett Off
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Breakfast Can Wait
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Incense and Candles
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Mr. Goodnight
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1000 X’s and O’s
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The Greatest Romance Ever Been Sold (The Neptunes Remix)
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Come On
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Here’s a moving story about Prince from Youtube sensation, Shameless Maya

Cupid’s Hunt 2015

Cupid’s Hunt is the premiere online collaboration event where DJs and podcasters from all over the Internet release loved-themed music mixes all on the same day: Valentine’s Day!

This is where you will find all of my Cupid’s Hunt Mixes for streaming, mixed for the Valentines Day Love Fest over the past few years.

I am so happy that the founder, Todd Grundy Mr. Love Man himself invited me to be a member of this elite group to share my version of love, or lack there of…

ENJOY!!!

1. Let Me Love You – Janita
2. Barumba – Incognito
3. Your Lover – Faith Evans
4. Make Love Tonight – Chris Rob
5. In the Mood To Take It Slow – Najee f/Meli’sa Morgan
6. Sophisticated Lover – Maysa
7. Juicy  – Roy Hargrove f/Renee Nuefville
8. Until Then – Jill Scott
9. Sunshine – Quiet Dawn
10. Marathon – Raheem DeVaughn
11. Ecstasy of Love – Intro
12. Kiss – Antoinia Jenae
13. Heaven – SuCh
14. Ride the Beat – Faith Evans
15. Falling – Will Downing


1. Groove On Ledisi
2. Inside Cheryl Pepsi Riley
3. Come Inside (dialogue) Intro
4. Whose is It? (Interlude) Total
5. Imgonnacome Alison Crockett
6. Crown Royal Jill Scott
7. Lay Awhile Raheem DeVaughn
8. I Wanna Know You D-Influence f/Dyanna Frearon
9. Touch Me ChinahBlac
10. Late Night Rendezvous Carl Thomas
11. Lay You Down Portrait
12. Morning Love Carleen Anderson
13. Funny Brown Rice
14. You Know What Happens Alison Crockett
15. I Like The Way It Feels Carol Riddick


1. Early Bird – Angela Johnson f/Trish Angus
2. A Sexy Way – Alyson Williams f/ Tony Terry
3. For You (I’ll Go There) – Lamone
4. Gettin it On – Mint Condition
5. Give Me Love – Davina
6. This Love I Have – Marva King
7. Dance 4 Me – Nyr
8. Make Luv 2 Me – Zo f/Monica Blaire
9. Garden of Love – Raheem DeVaughn
10. Imagination – Floetry
11. Sumthin Sumthin – Maxwell
12. G-Spot – Gerald Levert


1. The Art of Love – Toni Braxton
2. Love Calls – Ty Causey
3. Bedroom – Jade
4. Satisfy You – Will Downing
5. Can We Come Together – Eric Benet
6. Right Her, Right Now – Maysa
7. Come Inside – Intro
8. Bedroom – Raheem DeVaughn
9. Touching Again – Eric Benet
10. All Night Long – Trina Broussard
11. Funny How Time Flies – Intro
12. Alright – Val Watson f/Patrice Rushen
13. Hurry Hurry – Pete Belasco
14. Til Tomorrow – Marvin Gaye


1. Get Me Off- Improm2
2. Tonight is the Night – Jerzee Monet
3. Ahh – Silk
4. 911 – Robin Thick
5. Slowman -Rosie Gaines
6. Romantic – Goapele
7. Get Me Off (Deep Funk Instrumental) – Improm2
8. All I Want Is You – Incognito
9. Sensual Loving – Nicole Jackson
10. Better – Nicholas Ryan Gant
11. Alone Together – Daley f/Marsha Ambrosius
12. Say Yes (10th Year Anniversary) – The Floacist
13. Anything Goes – Christion
14. My Place – Tweet
15. Can We Get Down – Jon B.
16. Calling Me – Raheem DeVaughn

1. I Want cha Babe Ledisi
2. Human Touch –  Kem
3. Slowly – Selena Johnson
4. Examine Me – Warren Xclnce & Etta Bond
5. Phone Sex – Selena Johnson
6. Nothing (Interlude) – Jill Scott
7. Wet – Sandra St. Victor
8. Obey – Dwele
9. Sexy – Maysa
10. Dinner and a Movie- Ron Isley
11. The Baby Maker – Carl Thomas
12. Intro – Slakah The Beatchild
13. Lay You Down – Jose James
14. Sex in the City –  Noel Goudin
15. Feels Like We Sexin’ – Calvin Richardson


1. Interlude: Introspective Mood – Kenny Lattimore
2. Don’t Talk to me Like That – Will Downing
3. Place in Your Heart – Ty Causey
4. Do You Want Me – Jade
5. Do You Feel The Way I Do – Rahsaan Patterson
6. Walkin – Angela Johnson f/Lisala
7. Sick of Fools – Leigh Jones
8. Crying Over You – Angela Johnson f/Trisha Angus and Lisala
9. Only You – Jill Scott
10. Seven Days – Mary J. Blige
11. Still Come Back 2 U – Laurnea
12. Remedy – Leon King
13. Never Fall In Love – Gordon Chambers
14. No Guarantee – Chico DeBarge
15. Love, Sex and Philosophy – Soul: ID

It’s Complicated Vol. I

Looks Complicated? It is Complicated – photo credit, ohsoebony@tumblr

It’s Complicated Vol. I is my first mix in the It’s Complicated series. As explained in music minded manic; relationships and all the drama that goes with it, It’s just Complicated.

Many people refer to the It’s Complicated term as a relationship that is anything but love—such as sex, money, or some other type of benefit. However, I think that most would agree with me that a complicated relationship filled with mixed emotions that work their way to the forefront, brings about anger, sorrow, or regrets due to lies and distrust, mainly because one or the other has found someone else they’d rather be with and not sure of whether to stay in it or leave. Or, in another case wants his or her cake and eat it too. Some other causes in complicated relationships are due to a breakdown in communication, incompatibility, and jealousy. In addition to that one of the two is no longer willing to give 100% of their devotion.

Just as the lyrics suggest with all of these issues, love is prevalent and still an integral part of the relationship and in some cases supersedes all else—in spite of…

As you can see from the track titles, something ain’t right! This is what the It’s Complicated mix series is all about, and it’s just one of many to follow so keep looking out for them as I have discovered songs that delve right into ALL THAT!

I’m feeling the Rock and Soul collaboration on tracks 2-5!

As always, listen to the lyrics and ENJOY!

It’s Complicated Vol. I

1. Maybe I’m Not the Man – Marcell and the Truth
2. Disgusted – Lamone
3. Damn! – Cheryl Pepsi Riley
4. Falling Apart – Mint Condition
5. You Can Make the Story Right – Chaka Khan
6. Three is a Crowd – Milira
7. Trial Separation – Kenny Latimore
8. Best Friend’s Lover – Avani
9. He Will Break Your Heart – Darien Brockington
10. Get Over You – Faith Evans
11. Hollywood Story – Rogiers f/Bilal
12. Beautiful You Are – Javier
13. Stop Fanning the Fire – Junior
14. Lonely When You’re Around – Jill Scott
15. Lover and Friend (interlude) – Darien Continue reading