That’s Rhythm & Blues Baby!

Origin-Rhythm & Blues is a combo of jazz, blues and gospel music. It take away the name original name ‘Race Music” it gives it a respectable name. Significant noble points of R&B are Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and the nation’s capital Washington, D.C. Rhythm and Blues became together because of the events […]

Dirty South Blues

  Origin ~ The blues was combined with elements from European and African traditions. From the European side, blues uses harmonizing. African traditions are shown thorough the “modifications in playing technique and resultant sound”. It Combines elements of jazz, R&B, and traditional gospel music, soul is a genre that became popular in the 1950s .Blues […]

Common, The Man Before His Time

Common was born on the south side of Chicago as Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr. His first stage name was “Common Sense” and stated as an underground rapper. Because of the band “Common Sense” he was forced to drop the “Sense” from his name. Common was not like every other rapper out.He was lyrically untouched. He was […]

Quincy The Movie

  The Quincy movie was absolutely inspiring and legendary. Born Quincy Delight Jones Jr., he was raised on the south side of Chicago, same as myself, in the 30s. At a young age, his mother Sarah Jones, was diagnosed as schizophrenia dementia  Praecox. The story that hunts his mind till this day is when his mother was […]

Lets talk about Rag Time !

Origin of Rag Time~  The term “Ragtime” was born in 1890 but was in existence long before. Its roots reside in the African American culture. Characteristics~  Ragtime popularity years 1896-1920.  Mostly composed for an audence “generally in duple meter and containing a highly syncopated treble lead over a rhythmically steady beat. ” Social implications, commodifications~  […]

African American Quartets

Origin~ Negro Spirituals. The earliest form of religious music from African Americans.  The nascency of the music from slavery. Quartets originated in the mid-1800s from African American University signing movement. Characteristics~  These groups are generally are made of 4- 6 men singing a four part harmony. Tenor- the highest part that harmonizes above the melody. […]

about me

Gabrielle Fullilove first year student. born in Chicago, Il high school – Marian Catholic High School Major- biochem hobbies- swimming, waterpolo  

African American Folk Music

From Hip Hop to Jazz to R&B to Rock, African American folk music influenced and inspired  it all.  African American folk music is the base of all American music. It helps ties all cultures together.  Folk Music tell stories. Stories of pain and turmoil song with suffering with every syllable. There are also stories that […]

Music Timeline

1918 1919 1920 1921 1922 1923 Bessie Smith Downhearted Blues Its a relatable song when it comes to a heart break. sung with turmoil and pain 1924 1925 1926 Bessie Smith I Ain’t Got Nobdody Its a beautiful sad song 1927 Ma Rainely See See Rider song has a slow swing inflextion 1928 Paul Robeson […]