It’s Black history month, and this month we are blessed that two amazing projects have come to fruition and are available to music lovers everywhere.  Griots Republic took a minute to listen to them and share our thoughts on Whitney Houston’s “I Wish You Love: More From The Bodyguard” and The Soundtrack from the upcoming “Black Panther” film in theatres in February.

I Wish You Love: More From The Bodyguard

It really is hard to say goodbye to yesterday. In honor of the 25th anniversary of the now legendary box office hit film, The Bodyguard, Legacy Recordings is releasing a brand new compilation of both live and studio recordings performed by the songstress Whitney Houston. Titled,  “I Wish You Love: More From The Bodyguard,” the album spotlights quite a few tracks that were previously unreleased.

The song that is often used as a barometer for the challengers to Whitney’s throne, “I Will Always Love You” is featured in both film and live versions. Also included, is an alternate version which features a spoken word introduction by Whitney as Rachel Marron. There is also an acapella version of “Jesus Loves Me,” as well as a live version of “Run to You,” recorded during Houston’s Bodyguard World Tour in ’95. Check out the live versions of, “I Have Nothing” and “Queen Of The Night.”  

Some would ask, what’s the big deal?  

Hearing Whitney’s voice in its prime is something that gave many lovers of her music pause. Hearing something new from her long after she has left this mortal plane is like an amazing gift from the goddess herself.


Black Panther: The Album

With the release of the most anticipated superhero movie in the history of the genre, needless to say, all stops were pulled for The Black Panther Soundtrack.

This one has it all. In fact, the only thing missing are tracks by Issac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield but never fear. “Pray For Me” performed by The Weekend is sure to get much radio play. Loaded with electronic rhythms and Wakandan chants, we dare you to try not to move.

You need to also check for Kendrick Lamar’s “All The Stars” and with bars like, “Tell me what you gon’ do to me? Confrontation ain’t nothin’ new to me. You can bring a bullet, bring a sword, bring a morgue but you can’t bring truth to me,” you will be rewinding this one in the car for a very long time for sure.

These are just a few of the songs on this soundtrack that are certain to be played long after the movie has left theatres. Honorable mentions: Zakari, Schoolboy Q, Two Chainz, Saudi, Jorja Smith and a host of others.  Two words:  Get it.




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