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Henry Franklin – The Skipper (1972) (Audio)

Henry Franklin may have an ordinary, common name, but his sound is anything bu

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Searching For Rick James

Somewhere along the way, we lost touch of the real Rick James. On his 65th birthday, we reexamine the music legend.

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The Roy Ayers / Kim Kardashian Connection

6 degrees of separation works for everything, and when you connect these two, it is proof that everything is connected in one way or another.

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Roy Ayers – Hummin' / Kendrick Lamar – Celebration (1971/2009)

Kendrick Lamar is the best thing to happen to Hip Hop in many years, and in this example he uses Roy Ayers as his inspiration.

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Earth, Wind & Fire – Head To The Sky (1973)

One of our newest writers Carled shares his unique experience with an album that helped shape his life at an early age.

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Blaxploitation: The Best Of…

With the recent re-release of Marvin Gaye's Trouble Man, we take a look back at some of the most iconic soundtracks of the Blaxploitation Era.

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Lonnie Liston Smith / Curren$y – A Song of Love / 2Much (1976 / 2012)

Curren$y teaches us a lesson on the importance of Lonnie Liston Smith with his newest mixtape, Priest Andretti.

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Michael Jackson’s Bad: Twenty-Five Years Later

Every family has those stories. You know the ones. They’re recanted over holiday meals and backyard barbeques. With each telling the tale grows slightly more outlandish than the last. As for me and my house, we will always speak of the night that Michael came to town. It was late ...

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Thundercat – Walkin’ (Video) (2011)

Reliving the enigmatic debut of Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner, one frame at a time.

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Roy Ayers Ubiquity – A Tear To A Smile (Audio) (1975)

Roy Ayers' fusion sound is best exemplified in this 1975 release.

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Rick James feat. Roy Ayers – Throwin’ Down Album (1982) (Audio)

Roy Ayers and Rick James combine for this album that many fans may not know about.

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The Eighties Ladies – Ladies of the 80s (Audio) (1980)

This Roy Ayers produced album is a true gem, and the sound of the Eighties Ladies is one that is still in popular demand.

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Shirley Scott – Superstition (1973) (Audio)

In a male dominated genre, Shirley Scott is a force behind the organ, and her album 'Superstition' might be the funkiest of them all.

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Johnny Hammond – Gears (1975) (Audio)

Although the record cover doesn't look the part, this album is filled with samples by contemporary artists, and it is brought to you by the great organists Johnny Hammond.

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Roy Ayers – Africa: Center of the World (1981) (Audio)

This is a transitional album of Roy Ayers that focuses on his connection with the motherland.

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David Axelrod – Seriously Deep (1975)

David Axelrod is an extremely unique musician, and this 1975 album is unlike any other Axelrod album for many reasons.

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Isaac Hayes – Tough Guys (Soundtrack) (Video) (1974)

We all know about Shaft, but here is another soundtrack by Isaac Hayes that be even better.

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The Unconventional Mother's Day Playlist

There are songs that we all identify with when it comes to our feelings about our mothers, but here is a list of unconventional songs that pay tribute to our mothers, both literally and indirectly. (Art by Said Ali Sowafy)

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Eddie Russ – See The Light (1976) (Audio)

Eddie Russ is an unfamiliar name in many jazz circles, but his sound is definitely one that you should know.

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The 5th Dimension – Stoned Soul Picnic (1968) (Video)

Before Roy Ayers gave us his version of Stoned Soul Picnic, there was The 5th Dimension, who gave us a great hit song, and the Soul Train dancers to go with it.

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