Respect your roots. Hip-hop was built on jazz, soul and FUNK. Tonight hip-hop lost funk legend Teena Marie.

Teena Marie: 1956 – 2010. There will be many tributes to Ms. Marie, who was known to bring the funk both solo and with her longtime partner in crime, Rick James, but tonight we will let the music do the talking. Tonight, we celebrate Lady Tee:

Behind the Groove

Square Biz


Fire and Desire

And, of course, her classic Ooh La La La

…which spawned these hip-hop classics:

The Fugees – Fugee-La (the sample starts at 1:07):

Grand Puba – Fat Rat (the sample starts at 1:32):

Props to for the sample info.