How Soul Music Influenced Rap Music
The Influence of Production
One of the clearest places to see the similarities of soul music and rap is in the production. Soul music had immaculate production. This was true of the recordings of James Brown as well as the innovative sound of Stax and Motown. Further, soul music changed the game of production in music. It was up there with the production of girl group legends Shadow Morton and Phil Read the rest of this entry »
Although the Motown record label no longer exists under the Motown name, the original Motown brand now exists under the name The Island Def Jam Music Group. The solitary name â€œMotownâ€ stopped being used for the label’s name after 2005. Since that time, the label has also been known as Universal Motown and the Universal Motown Republic Group.
Motown Then and Now
When the Motown label was originally formed, it blended the words â€œmotorâ€ and â€œtown,â€ to differentiate itself as a Detroit label. The Marvelettes’ song â€œPlease Mister Postmanâ€ was the Read the rest of this entry »
Say what you want about the man and the controversy surrounding him but the man was a pop and rock icon. His face was everywhere, his CDs were everywhere, you could even catch his concerts on satellite tv direct – he was all over the place. But what was he like before all of this?
Michael Jackson was originally part of a soul group known as The Jackson 5ive. The group originally consisted of Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael and they were one of the few in recording history to have their first couple of singles reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100. It was no surprise with soulful songs like I Want You Back and I’ll Be There – they had their thumbs firmly pressed against the pulse of America.
Back then, there were not a lot of black teen singing idols that could appeal to a white audience, but the music of the Jackson 5ive changed that with their genre-spanning, boundary-crossing brand of soul music that many would hear and few could simply forget. Eventually the group was even inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame where they are forever remembered for their contribution both to music and to the genre of soul.
Many musical traditions that we see in modern American arts are renditions of earlier acts performed by African American artists. From the earlier chants of those who lived as chattel we carry a musical passion that has grown into several successful genres and inspires the possibility of empires to come.
Our legendary performers, singers, dancers, musicians, comedians and stagehands were not always rich and famous. They were not given the respect due to them in their careers or in their personal lives.Their talents created a need for black owned studios.
With no talented Read the rest of this entry »
The history of soul music can be dated back to early pioneers like James Brown, Etta James and the Temptations. Artists that were developing a style during this time were innovators. They didn’t have anyone else to copy. They had to be original and do things for themselves.
Jackie Wilson, for example, was a terrific one man show that had many females swooning. Sam Cooke was also a big pioneer in the world of soul music. Much of this has come full circle because these artists are being remembered through Read the rest of this entry »
Aretha Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1942. As the United States was becoming more mired in World War II, Aretha was being raised by her grandmother on a steady diet of gospel music. She began to sing and play piano without formal instruction at an early age. Aretha used these early influences to earn a recording contract with Columbia Records before her twentieth birthday. While these recording sessions produced some results on the charts, it was the varied styles of music that she sang that set Read the rest of this entry »
Those aware of fine styles of music have often blended soul with R & B in their libraries and playlists. Associating one sound with another in their minds until they create a new style of music altogether.
Soul is a type of music that puts the focas on the performer and their voice. Soul musicians sing from life experiences and bring their triumphs and failures out with their voice. Their lyrics speak to millions around the world. Stars Read the rest of this entry »
During a tumultuous time in American history, one show helped bring people of different races together. Soul Train pioneered the way for black music and culture to reach mainstream America. Not only did it spread their culture, it did so at a time when the civil rights movement was reaching a critical moment.
While Mississippi, Alabama and many other places in the south were fighting to keep “separate but equal” and other draconian racist ideals, the rest of the country watched in horror. At the same time Soul Train was quickly Read the rest of this entry »