Filed under: Master Plan Inc.
During last night’s karate class at the 37th and Wabash YMCA, Sensei Doug Shorts shared some wisdom with his pupils via the Youtube playlist “MASTERPLAN INC” dedicated his enduring R&B career. Numerophiles will know Masterplan Inc. from the un-funk-withable (and previously unreleased) “Try It You’ll Like It,” still available on 45. Those with more modern tastes probably picked up the dueling 45s that Doug released on Cherries Records a few years back. Less known to Shorts’ fans is his musical output from Los Angeles, where he spent the ’80s and ’90s, before returning to Chicago.
The greatest lesson learned during last night’s Masterplan Inc/Karate clinic was “Baby’s Got It Going On,” shot around Los Angeles in the late ’80s. Certified video vixen Jennifer Starr allegedly caused an actual fender bender as Doug delivered the lyric “She causes so many accidents, every time she walks.” Doug delivers a fine jump spinning back kick (Tobi Ushiro Geri) when he confesses that he couldn’t even trust a bodyguard to look after his woman. EW&F/Phil Collins trumpeter Rahmlee appears periodically, as he does in Numero’s forthcoming Ultra High Frequencies: The Chicago Party. This video is a blast whether you’re practicing your katas, sparring, or just passing time until the work day ends. Enjoy!
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