Earth, Wind and Fire are a funk music group known for meshing all types of music into their work. Their songs mesh R&B, soul, and jazz to make a medley of funky music. Their albums were the blueprint for music today. They showed the music industry that Black music groups could be successful. Earth, Wind, and Fire embodied funk and what it meant to be unapologetically Black. Their confidence, performance style, and even the clothing they wore exemplified Black artistry and expression.
LL Cool J samples “Moment of Truth”
2Pac samples “I’ll Write a Song for You”
Drake samples “Devotion”
Earth, Wind, and Fire’s music has inspired contemporary rap/ hip-hop music. The artists above and many others across different music genres have used EW&F songs in their work. This funk band’s music has transcended time and entertained many generations including their own. Funk music is still very relevant and popular today.
First Stream (1940s-1950s) https://youtu.be/CnI_LuCJ4Ekhttps://youtu.be/nPeTtg3fTB8 Second Stream (mid 1950s- mid 1960s) https://youtu.be/u0Ujb6lJ_mMhttps://youtu.be/eFFgbc5Vcbw Third Stream (1960s- mid 1970s) https://youtu.be/9_y6nFjoVp4https://youtu.be/Or6Kgo3UsrU Fourth Stream (1970s-1980s) https://youtu.be/TvnYmWpD_T8https://youtu.be/CGib6okEeZ4 Fifth Stream (1990s-present) https://youtu.be/ZeP–wHHiy8https://youtu.be/9aZhLmXzAz8