The Notorious BIG

EARLY LIFE/INTRO Christopher Wallace Also Known as the Notorious BIG , Biggie Smalls Or Simply Biggie was born May 21, 1972 to Voletta Wallace and Selwyn George Latore at St. Mary’s Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. He would be the only child born to his Jamaican immigrant parents. His mother Voletta, was a preschool teacher […]

African Roots: Usage of Song and Dance during The Middle Passage

Along with the harsh and unsanitary living and traveling conditions during the middle passage, salve ship captains and owners used the act of African singing and dancing against those who were stripped from Africa and brought to the Americas for forced labor. While taking African people away from their homes to voyage across the sea […]

Negro Spirituals: Selah Jubilee Singers

Spirituals or Negro Spirituals, consist of christian music that is from the creation of generations of African-Americans. Negro Spirituals often lyricize the struggles of the African-American community as well as African-American Cultural Traditions. Some famous groups and singers that performed Negro spirituals consist of The Fisk Jubilee singers, Hall Johnson and The Golden Gate Quartet. […]

Earth Wind and Fire

Earth Wind and Fire described as one of the most popular bands, creates a sound that doesn’t just span over pop music, but the genres of R&B, Soul,Jazz,Disco, Pop,Dance,Latin and Afro pop. This wide range of genres that the group is able to bounce around makes them one of the most innovative and commercially successful […]

Hip Hop Soul

What is Hip Hop Soul? Hip Hop Soul is a Subgenre of R&B music made most popular during the 1990s. Hip Hop R&B fuses the soul of singing with hip hop productions. Origin Story Hip Hop Soul evolved from new jack swing, another form of R&B popularized by artists and producers like Keith Sweat, Bobby […]

John “Trane” Coltrane

John William Coltrane born September 23, 1926 was an American jazz saxophonist and composer during the late 1940s up until his death is the late 1960s. John Coltrane was a pioneer to the Jazz music genre speaking through his music, making him one of the most influential jazz composers and saxophonist. Born to John R. […]

Ma Rainey: Mother Of Blues

Born Gertrude Pridgett, Ma Rainey influenced the blues genre for a number of generations. From her abilities to put on an outstanding performance to her songs referencing sexuality, lesbianism and bisexuality, Ma Rainey, the gold neck woman of the blues, was not only a trailblazer for blues artist but social movements as well. Gertrude Pridgett […]

The Caravans: Gospel Pioneers

Throughout history, many gospel groups and singers have created music with lyrics that fuel our souls. Thesis Statement: The Caravans, a gospel group formed in the late 1940s birthed some of the most well known gospel singers today and paved the way for other groups and solo artist in the gospel community. The Caravans, originally […]