TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)

“TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)” is a 1974 hit recording by MFSB (Mother, Father, Sister, Brother) featuring vocals by The Three Degrees. A classic example of the Philadelphia soul genre, it was written by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff as the theme for the American musical television program Soul Train, which specialized in African-American musical performers. The […]

Juan Atkins

Juan Atkins (born September 12, 1962) is an American musician. He is widely credited as the originator of techno music,[1] specifically Detroit Techno along with Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson. The three, sometimes called the Belleville Three, attended high school together in Belleville, Michigan, near Detroit.  Atkins’ earlier works are generally considered electro. Over the years, his sound matured and […]

Male/Female Encounters

By: Bria Harrell and Leah Adams Song lyrics that describe the trials and tribulations of male-female encounters are common in funk.The urban working class inspired lyric content about male-female encounters. The Ohio players were influenced by the street culture of Dayton to create funk-ballads and up-beat tempo songs to represent hustlers and players. Players are […]

Race Records

By: Leah Adams and Bria Harrell Blues, jazz, R&B, funk, rap and hip-hop are examples of genres of Black music that formed our way of life today, yet this music developed in a verifiable setting. From the earliest starting point of the twentieth Century, African music’s rhythms and customs have dominated music, yet in the […]

Chance the Rapper

Chancelor Johnathan Bennett (born April 16, 1993), known professionally as Chance the Rapper, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer from the West Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. In May 2016, Bennett released his third mixtape Coloring Book to critical acclaim. It earned him three Grammy awards, including for Best Rap Album. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVkkYlQNmbc[/embedyt]


Gerald Maxwell Rivera (born May 23, 1973), better known by his stage names Maxwell and Musze, is an American (of Caribbean descent) singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor . Along with fellow musicians D’Angelo and Erykah Badu, Maxwell has been credited with helping to shape what has been termed the “neo soul” movement that rose to prominence during the late […]