The Belleville Three: Techno

“The Belleville Three” Juan Atkins Spet. 12, 1962 (age 56) Detroit, Michigan, U.S. Derrick May April 6, 1963 (age 56) Detroit, Michigan, U.S. Kevin Maurice Saunderson  September 5, 1964 (age 54) Brooklyn ,NY (At age nine moved to Detroit , Michigan) “What is Belleville?” The location of Belleville was key to the formation of the […]

Hip Hop: Categories

” Webster Definition” 1 : a subculture especially of inner-city youths who are typically devotees of rap music2 : the stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapalso : rap together with this music Different Hip Hop Categories: Alternative Rap Alternative Hip Hop (also known as alternative rap) is a sub genre of hip hop music […]

Funk: Music Genre

Funk Music Definition: Funk is defined as a ” a music genre that originated in African-American communities in the mid-1960’s when African-American musicians created a rhythmic, dance able new form of music through a mixture of soul music, jazz, and rhythm and blues (R&B)” . As a slang term, funky is used to describe as […]

Mary J Blige: R&B Singer

Mary J Blige: Jan. 11,1971 Born and raised in The Bronx, NY ” Be Without You” Who Is She? Singer, song writer and actress, this dynamic figure of R&B started her career as background singer on Uptown Records in 1989. A recording of the 17 year old Mary singing karaoke in a booth caught the […]

KRS1: The Teacher

KRS-One : LAWRENCE “KRIS” PARKER KRS ONE: MC’S Act Like They Don’t KnowYoutube Video: Click HereStep Into The WorldYoutube Video:Click HereSelf Destruction: The Stop the Violence MovementYoutube Video:Click Here BACKGROUND: Born: August 20, 1965 (53 years old)  Place: Brooklyn, NY Labels: Jive, Duck Down, E1, Aftermath  Rapper, Record Producer, Actor, Activist,MC Who Is He: KRS-One, […]

Gospel: Old School vs New School

Satan,Your Kingdom Must Come Down: HYMN this song originally sang through hymn has been recreated by The Shirley Caesar renamed: Satin were going to tare your kingdom down.  Origin For christians the archetypal story of “confronting your demons” come from the 1st chapter of Mark’s gospel: The Spirit immediately drove him into the wilderness, and […]

Blues: Black Addition

Origin: Originated in the deep south during the 1980s, blues incorporated spirituals, work songs, shouts, and simple narrative ballads. Blues as a genre is also characterized by its lyrics, bass line, and instrumentation. Elements such as call- and- response and the use of blues notes can be traced back to the music of Africa and […]

Lenny White: American Drummer

Lenny White Who is he? Leonard White III December 19, 1949 New York City Styles: Cross over jazz funk fusion  jazz-funk neo-bop post-bop soul What He Did… As a self taught left handed drummer on a right handed kit. Lenny White is best known for being apart of Chick Corea’s Return To Forever in the […]

The Golden Gates Quartet: the Gospel Songs & Spirituals

Original Members: whats the tea? Robert “Peg” Ford(left band, 1936): Bass A.C. “Eddie” Griffin (left band 1935): Tenor Willie Johnson: Baritone Willie Langford (replaced Griffin, 1935): Tenor Henry Owens: First Tenor Orland us Wilson(replaced Ford,1936): Bass Tenor  Where Did They Start? Originated in the Norfolk suburb of Berkeley, VA this close-harmony black spiritual, jazz undertone, […]

Folk Music: African American Legacy

African American Legacy The myths that African American enslaved people arrived into the New Worlde without any culture, the slaves were told that they could not bring any instruments into the New World slavs had no secular music, and the orgin of the banjo that was created by White musican Joel Walker Sweeney in the […]

Negro Spiritals: Slave Songs of The United States

Orgin of Spirituals Negro spirituals are the earlist forms of religious music that was deveopled by African Americans in the United States. The spirituals were created as a form of resistance by the enslaved people. During this time period, spirituals represented a genre that celebrated Christian values and resisted the social structures that continued to […]