9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

‘Floating While Dreaming’ was New Orleans hip hop artist Pell’s mixtape debut and it still sounds as fresh as it did when it came out in 2014.

That was a lifetime ago.

If you like your hip hop au courant with stout Louisiana roots check him out y’all.

Pell just dropped a new video called “Skyfall” that bears repeat watching.

Miss Ruth Banks of the Money Wasters Social Aid and Pleasure Club

I eulogized Miss Ruth Banks of the Money Wasters Social Aid and Pleasure Club earlier this week here.

After publishing, I discovered that there will be a memorial to her this Sunday, August 11th, 2019 at the Candlelight Lounge, 925 N Robertson St. at 4pm.

Friends and family are encouraged to come.

Hope to see y’all out.

RL Reeves Jr visits the Creole Nature Trail

I spent a few days out in Austin, Texas recently and after I’d had as much of the bustling metropolis as I could handle I grabbed an old road atlas and began plotting my trip back home to New Orleans.

I’ve long been interested in traipsing along Louisiana’s Creole Nature Trail and last week I finally got the chance. Here’s what I saw more

Ruth Banks of The Money Wasters Social Aid and Pleasure Club

When my auntie Ruth entered the room there was no mistaking that a higher power was present. SUCKY! SUCKY! she’d holler like a wild woman. Then there’d be a mad rush to the bar as everybody wanted to be the first person to buy her a cold Bud Light.

I didn’t see Miss Ruth often but every time I did she’d hug me, squeeze my neck and say “how’s my favorite nephew doing baby?”

She was luminous.

Last Saturday Miss Ruth Banks passed away at the age of 69. Just the night before we were all sitting around at our neighborhood tavern and somebody wondered aloud where she’d been.

Ruth was a long-time member of the Money Wasters Social Aid and Pleasure Club. She did not roll with her crew in 2018 but was excited to get back out on the streets with them at their second line earlier this year.

“I don’t know how many more of these I got in me baby – I got to get back out there this year” Of course Ruth was the star of the show riding in the back of a fancy convertible and passing out extravagant party favors.

Wordsworth wrote a poem entitled ‘She Was A Phantom Of Delight’

She was a phantom of delight
When first she gleam’d upon my sight;
A lovely apparition, sent
To be a moment’s ornament;
Her eyes as star of twilight fair;
Like twilight’s, too, her dusky hair;
But all things else about her drawn
From May-time and the cheerful dawn;
A dancing shape, an image gay,
To haunt, to startle, and waylay
.

…is how the piece began and I can’t think of words that better describe the lovely Ruth Banks.

Rest in peace sweet soul

9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

There has been a distinct lack of Mia X in our lives lately so we’re rectifying that shortage by blasting ‘What’cha Wanna Do’ by Ms X and Charlie Wilson this morning.

The song is a rewrite of Wilson’s ‘Yearning For Your Love’ song that came out on his Gap Band’s third LP that dropped in 1980.

Check out Mia and Charlie’s video on Youtube, and you’ll see the entire Gap Band making a guest appearance.

Has it really been 24 years since X’s No Limit debut ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ came out?