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50 Years Ago Today, James Brown Healed Hearts With Soul Power (Video)

There may have never been a Hip-Hop Generation if not for James Brown. His music serves as a blueprint for Funk as well as the building blocks of Hip-Hop. Beyond

Common Looks Back At His Time With Dilla On A Song Fit For February (Audio)

Common has transcended Hip-Hop. He is now a political activist. He’s won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe award for his song “Glory” featuring John Legend in the film

Temptations Lead Singer Dennis Edwards Has Passed Away

Dennis Edwards was an unmistakable voice in R&B and Soul music. As a lead vocalist for The Temptations, he was greatly responsible for two of the Motown Records legends’ #1

Sweet Love: Why Andre 3000 & Kendrick Lamar Are Infatuated With Anita Baker (Video)

Several high profile R&B acts like Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, Loose Ends, and Soul II Soul made music in the 1980s that, through sampling, reference, and homage, can be heard

D’Angelo’s Sweet Brown Sugar Re-release Includes Redman, AZ & DJ Premier Collabos

Twenty-two years ago this month D’Angelo released his celebrated debut album, Brown Sugar. That EMI Records effort would debut at #22, and march onward to platinum status and four Grammy

9th Wonder Releases 7 Beats Custom Made For Redman. It’s Time 4 Sum Aksion!! (Audio)

Redman’s classic catalog includes some heavy-hitting producers. With a lot of co-production to his credit, Red’ made many of his most celebrated hits with Def Squad mentor Erick Sermon. RZA,

“The Funky Drummer” Clyde Stubblefield Has Passed Away

If James Brown is the architect of Hip-Hop, then drummer Clyde Stubblefield may very be his builder. The man Questlove calls “The Funkiest Drummer of All Time” has died today

BJ The Chicago Kid Was Part Of History Last Night. Here’s How His Story Began (Video)

Chicago recently hosted President Barack Obama’s official farewell event, a bittersweet moment in which the 44th commander-in-chief of the United States said a tearful (but uplifting) goodbye. Beyond his farewell

Sharon Jones, Lead Singer of The Dap Kings Has Died At Age 60

Sharon Jones, lead singer of Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings has died. Today (November 18), the Augusta, Georgia native passed away from complications surrounding pancreatic cancer at the age

Black Thought Fronts A Funky Track That Uses Blues To Motivate (Audio)

The Roots’ Black Thought does not do a ton of features, relatively speaking. However, in recent years, when the South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania MC puts his vocals on something beyond the

Earth Wind & Fire Front Man Maurice White Passes Away

One of Soul, Jazz, and Funk music’s most beloved voices and producers has died. Maurice White, co-founder and longtime front man of Earth Wind And Fire passed away last night

This Feel-Good Lord Finesse Mix Is The Cure For The Post-Holiday Hangover

Let’s face it, the first Monday of the new year can often be a drag. For many, this means (fully) back to work, often some challenging weather, and a long

Jill Scott Brings Down The House & The Tears In Her Grand Return (Video)

Jill Scott is something special. While the signs of Spring typically conjure up songs about new love, lust, or at least the pursuit—”Jilly from Philly” knows that not all are

Here’s an Old School Soul Mix from Biz Markie That Just Feels Good (Audio)

Biz Markie is a legendary MC and beatboxer but, over the last several years, he has relied on his formidable DJ skills perhaps more than anything else. If you’ve ever

Mary J. Blige’s My Life Shows That Soul Reigns Supreme, 20 Years Later (Food For Thought)

Twenty years ago today (November 29, 1994), Mary J. Blige released her sophomore album, My Life. More than two years removed from MJB’s breakthrough Pop success surrounding What’s The 411?,

Following Raekwon, Inspectah Deck Makes A Heartfelt Soul-Inspired Tape (Mixtape)

After Raekwon eloquently concluded his “TBT” R&B/Soul/Pop tribute series with a mixtape, We Wanna Thank You, another Wu-Tang Clan member is paying homage to the soulful songs of yesteryear. Inspectah

Snoop Dogg Freshens Up William Bell’s Stax Records Classic Breakdown (Audio)

Stax Records Heads know that William Bell’s “I Forgot To Be Your Lover” is one of the most moving, timeless, and downright beautiful songs of the period. The 1968 hit

9th Wonder Honors The Life Of Bobby Womack With An Amazing Sonic Collection (Mixtape)

Following this week’s sad news regarding the death of R&B/Soul icon Bobby Womack, Hip-Hop reacted. Since Little Brother’s The Listening, 9th Wonder has quietly and carefully alluded to his love

Everybody Loves The Sunshine Of Summer, Which Is Perfect For A Dope Soul Sample-Source Mix (Mixtape)

Back in the day, Urb magazine was a top music publication. Covering several genres, this Los Angeles-based publication was front-and-center for House, Trance, Jungle, Drum & Bass, Techno, Breakbeat, and

DJ Scratch Goes Into The Crates With An All-45 James Brown Mix (Mixtape)

In one of the cooler reveals in Hip-Hop as of late, it turns out that J. Period was not alone in honoring James Brown this week. As the True Elements

J. Period Honors The Godfather Of Soul, James Brown (Mixtape)

Brooklyn-based DJ J. Period (who is actually the Music Supervisor for the Brooklyn Nets) loves many shapes and colors of music. Coming up as a DJ affiliated closely with Oakland

James Brown Biopic, Get On Up, In Production, Starring Jill Scott & Produced By Mick Jagger (Video)

Along with Tupac Shakur, N.W.A., and Jimi Hendrix, another musical icon has a biopic in the works. James Brown, The Godfather Of Soul, is the subject of a film, according

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

Here’s a cool video of 9th Wonder interviewing Big K.R.I.T.

9th talks to K.R.I.T. about his influences, the XXL Freshman experience, Returnof4eva and more.  Check it out. Speaking of Big K.R.I.T.’s musical influences, click here for some songs from his

This week´s playlist was inspired by incredible soul made by rappers. You´ll find Outkast, The Foreign Exchange, Mos Def, Freestyle Fellowship, Andre 3000 and even Snoop Dog.

Just sit back, press play and liberate your mind. Click here for the full version as intended (some videos were not allowed to be embedded).

If you like Outkast’s first album or anything from Death Row Records, check out Ab-Soul’s All Feelin’. It’s a return to the funk.

Click here to download. Not feeling the Outkast comparison?  Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f5VKdK1c3Q.