Barry White

Early Life Barry White was in Galveston, TX. As a young child he sang gospel songs with his mother and taught himself to play piano. At age 11, he moved to South Central Los Angeles and played piano on Jesse Belvin’s “Goodnight My Love.” He made his first real recording when he was 16 with a group […]

Rick James

Early Life James Ambrose Johnson Jr. was born on February 1, 1948, in Buffalo, New York. James’ father left when he was just 10 years old. His mother was a dancer and he went with her to the bars where she performed. He saw performers such as see performers such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Etta James perform. James began using drugs […]

Lead Belly

Lead Belly was born on the Jeter Plantation in Mooringsport, Louisiana, on January 20, 1888. He attended school in Texas until around age 13, playing in a school band, and then worked the land with his father.At a young age he began to learn how to play different instruments but guitar is what he ended up […]

B.B. King

Early Life B.B. King was born September 16, 1925, on a plantation in Itta Bena, Mississippi. His parents Albert and Nora Ella were sharecroppers but he was raised by his grandmother. As a young boy he played on street corners in different towns. In 1947 he traveled to Memphis Tennessee to really begin his career. […]

1. How are house, disco, and techno related? How are they distinct?

Disco music was developed  in the 1970s in New York. Disco music included a combination of soul, funk, Motown and even salsa and meringue musical styles. Techno and House are different regional variations of post disco music. Techno music originated in Chicago in the early 1980s. House music originated originated in gay Black Clubs in […]

Future Hendrix

Future Hendrix is a rapper and song writer. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia on November 20th, 1983. His name was originally Nayvadius Wilburn but has since been legally changed to Nayvadius Cash. In 2011 he signed his first contract with Epic Records. In addition to this, he is the founder of his own label […]

The Notorious B.I.G.

Early Life Christopher George Latore Wallace, The Notorious B.I.G. or commonly known as Biggie Smalls, was born on May 21, 1972 in Brooklyn, New York. His father left when he was two years old and his mother, Voletta Wallace, worked two jobs to support him. He attended private school and was a very good student. Unfortunately Biggie began […]

What Difference Does it Make

As African Americans, music is incredibly important to our culture. When our ancestors were brought over as slaves, it was expected that their culture and, along with it, music would be lost but this was far from true. The slaves used their music as a form of communication and rebellion. It was a source of […]