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Top Ten Most Relevant Old School Rap Songs

Old School The definition of Old School Rap is debatable. Most descriptions put Old School as being from the mid-70s until the mid-90s. To me, anything after the early 90s is not Old School. It is merely old. That leads me to a question, what are the most influential early...

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Run-DMC: 13 Black Artists Who Inspired Rock

Run-DMC “I’m the king of rock; there is none higher Sucker MC’s should call me sire” is the opening to King of Rock by Run DMC. Their decree holds true. Run-DMC consists of Joseph Simmons (Run), Darryl McDaniels (DMC), and Jason Mizell (Jam-Master-Jay). They are the original kings of the...

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Death: 13 Black Artists Who Inspired Rock

Death is a story of what was and what should have been. The Detroit based proto-punk band came before the founding fathers of punk music. They were ahead of such legends as the Ramones, Sex Pistols, and the Clash. They began five years before the most famous African-American Punk band,...

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Little Richard: 13 Black Artists Who Inspired Rock

Little Richard Heavy mascara and an androgynous sexual appeal, he bangs the piano with his groundbreaking style. His songs delivered with a powerful whooping voice. He is the legend, Little Richard. However, before fame, he was born Richard Wayne Penniman in Macon, Georgia. Influenced by two uncles and a grandfather,...

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Jimi Hendrix: 13 Black Artists Who Inspired Rock

Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix may be the best-known artist on our list. He is arguably the greatest electric guitar player of all time. Born left-handed, Jimi would play a right-handed Fender Stratocaster upside down. Before Jimi, other artists unsuccessfully experimented with feedback and distortion. Hendrix masters it making a fluid...

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Funkadelic: 13 Inspiring Black Artists of Rock

Funkadelic The lineage of Funkadelic began in the fifties when George Clinton and four Jersey friends create a doo-wop soul group called the Parliaments. The 1960s see them record for various small labels while George is commuting to Detroit to work with Motown. In 1967, after signing a deal with the...

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe: 13 Black Artists Who Inspired Rock

Sister Rosetta Tharpe Sister Rosetta Tharpe is one of the most influential artists in the development of rock and roll. Sadly, she may not be a household name, but she is one of the original creators of the rock and roll sound. Known as the “Godmother of Rock and Roll,”...

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Intro: 13 Black Artists Who Inspired Rock

When looking back at the history of rock ‘n’ roll, you may find it strange that music once created and inspired by black artists is now primarily for and by whites. There are black artists associated with the music throughout the decades. They play rock and roll despite an invisible...

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10 Great Protest Songs

Since the election of Trump, there has been an increase in political posts on Twitter. The tweets inspired me to create a post on protest songs. Many songs came to mind. Here are ten in no particular order. I realize that there are songs by Public Enemy, Midnight Oil, the Clash,...

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Best Parking Spaces, Kathleen Hanna

There are few advantages to a long (hopefully temporary) confinement to a wheelchair. One is obvious: I get the best parking spaces. Another allowed me to meet my hero, Kathleen Hanna. Her current band, The Julie Ruin, was performing at the Cat’s Cradle. I know the main parking lot to...