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July 29, 2010

Get Out: Dru Hill at Sound Garden

dru hill at the 2010 BET awardsDid you think Dru Hill was down for the count? Think again.

The hit Baltimore R&B group is back with a new album, the questionably titled "InDRUpendence Day," which came out this past Tuesday.

Why didn't it drop on July 4? Because Dru Hill makes its own holidays, that's why.

At 6 p.m. today, Dru Hill is performing at Sound Garden in Fells Point. Dru Hill for free? I'm there.

But wait, that's not all. I have more important Dru Hill info to share ...

Dru Hill doesn't just have a new album and a new member -- there's also a new reality show, "Platinum House," on BET's new Centric network.

In all seriousness, Amie recently (legally) downloaded Sisqo's "The Thong Song," and we listened to it in the car a couple weeks ago. I forgot how much I loved the phrase "dumps like a truck," even though I'm still not exactly sure what it means. And in an age when everybody pop, rap and R&B star is Auto-Tuned to the max, it was refreshing to hear Sisqo actually singing. Remember when singers used to sing, like, for real? I miss those days.

(Reuters photo of Dru Hill at the 2010 BET Awards)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:23 AM | | Comments (12)
Categories: Get Out


Yes, the question is why the hell would they think naming the record that is a good idea? Don't they have a manager who nips this sort of thing in the bud?

hey Sam.

a. it's Sisqo

b. Clarity is BET's new spin-off network, not available on many cable systems yet (including ours, I think).

c. Michael Gonzalez did a great profile of Dru Hill for Baltimore magazine a few months ago. Check it out. You mentioned on BeerinBaltimore you weren't familiar with Bmag - all the more reasont to check it out...

@Evan -- Thanks for clarifying about Sisqo and Clarity. I've always had a tendency to mix him up with the food distributor Sysco and, of course, Crisco. I saw the Baltimore Magazine profile, and wanted to link to it, but I couldn't find it on Baltimore Magazine's site or by Googling. Do you have a link? The 'search' tab on was giving me an error message this morning.


Here's a link:

ps, you missed a Cisqo...

@Evan -- Aha! Thanks. It's been one of those mornings.

Also, Evan, I looked around and the only site I could find for Clarity was an online streaming TV site. I found a company called Clarity Digital Media, but couldn't find their site. ( is a cd/dvd making site.) Also, according to an Examiner website, there is a new BET network called Centric, but it didn't mention Dru Hill.

Also, sorry to be such a pesky fact-checker, but, as the Bmag story says, the network is called Centric. Here's a link to "Platinum House":

@Evan -- No worries at all, thanks for nit-picking. I realized what happened -- I saw where it said Centric and somehow turned that into Clarity. When I'm writing for the paper proper, I usually have the time to go back over my work at least once to fact-check it. But blogging is so fast and loose, facts slip through the cracks. Thanks again for doing my work for me.

get a room, guys

hee hee

Don't fret Evan, I've called that network everything, as in "anyone seen that new BET spinoff crap Vanity? xFinity? Centricity? Centifugal force?"

@Josh, isn't the premise of the show Keith Sweat (another artist at the apex of his career) giving them management advice and training and stuff? I've seen 18 hours of ads for the show yet never had an incling to actually watch.

@Sam I'm with ya death to autotune

I like about 10 songs on the new CD. I heard the songs and videos from the CD at the website .

Sisqo is still looking sexy as ever.

my boy local comedian/actor Jay Phillips (baby momma, semi-pr) had the funniest Sisqo bit ever. "a thug with a blonde hair-do looking like a q-tip doing cart wheels- Sisqo's a ...."

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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