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On His 73rd Birthday, Curtis Mayfield’s Contributions To Hip-Hop Live On (Audio)

Today (June 3) would have been Curtis Mayfield's 73rd birthday. The iconic Soul, R&B, Doo-Wop and Rock & Roll vocalist died more than 15 years ago. However, his voice, his guitar, and his indelible swagger keep on pushing through the consciousness. Hip-Hop has put Curtis Mayfield on his rightful pedestal,... Read more

From the 70s to the 90s…There’s No Beat Styles P Can’t Wreck (Audio)

Styles P continues his streak of weekly freestyle with a double feature. "Give Me Your Ghost" features Styles flowing over Curtis Mayfield's ultra-soulful "Give Me Your Love" from the Superfly soundtrack. Ghost sounds right at home over Mayfield's laid back groove. For the 2nd release of the day (third if... Read more

Here’s an Incredible Curtis Mayfield Tribute Mix (Audio)

The latest edition of Stussy's Guest Artist Series clothing line is an ode to the late, great Curtis Mayfield. To commemorate the launch of the line, the clothier has released a super fly mix of some of Mayfield's soulful catalog compiled by dj/producer/artist Muro. Aside from James Brown and Parliament/Funkadelic,... Read more

Bring ‘Em Back: D’Angelo Plays Curtis Mayfield’s Gimme Your Love in the Brown Sugar Era (Video)

If you're a fan of the 70's film Superfly or even Snoop Doggy Dogg's Doggystyle album, you know the impact that Curtis Mayfield had on soul music, Hip-Hop, film and pop culture, generally. I first saw D'Angelo channel the late, great Mayfield as he opened a soulful show on New... Read more

Cinematic Soul Playlist

Hip-hop has long been influenced by the cinematic soul of the 70's. Whether you're a fan of Big K.R.I.T. or Biz Markie, UGK or Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre or Just Blaze...you can hear the influence of music from films like Shaft, Super Fly, The Mack, The Payback. Here's a playlist... Read more

There’s a reason why Big K.R.I.T.’s music is so soulful. It’s in his musical influences. Check out this interview of K.R.I.T. and see below for a sampler of some of the soul singers who influenced him.

Here's the interview: http://vimeo.com/22188472 And here's the soul: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9VRS2aTaKQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9tJc27IWKw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtzRJgZG98I http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44HmbcWwyGM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bmPsGQsJMg&feature=player_embedded... Read more

CyHi Da Prynce starts out his new video Ring Bellz with an intro from Curtis Mayfield’s Little Child Running Wild from the Superfly soundtrack.

It just gets deeper from there. The video intersperses footage of him and images from the Civil Rights era. Not sure what the visuals have to do with the vocals...but it's an cool interesting video. http://vimeo.com/19414808 And here's Curtis Mayfield's classic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qH2mPNRO8Q... Read more

Do you dig The Joy by Kanye West ft Curtis Mayfield, Jay-Z, Charlie Wilson and KiD CuDi? Pete Rock's instant classic track was originally set for a group called Strong Arm Steady and was called "Makings of You." Check it out.

Props to NahRight.com for the scoop.  If you missed The Joy, do yourself a BIG favor and cop it right now here.  It's arguably the best of the G.O.O.D. Friday releases. 13 Makings of You by letskeepgoing Click here to download.  As dope as Pete Rock's production is, this track... Read more

Rick Ross Discusses Teflon Don on Fader TV

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiCPXXUtLYg Rick Ross is soulful.  You can hear it in the rolling bass of Super High.  You can hear it in the way he rides tracks like an instrument in his lush orchestrations.  As he talks to Fader TV about his musical influences it all makes sense.  Take a look..... Read more