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5 'Message' Albums You Should Own!...According to Questlove

O'Jays – Ship Ahoy

Way before Alex Haley, Gamble and Huff made side one [of this album] about the slave trade. Even though I was 5 when that record came out I was very aware and well informed of how we came in from Africa. That was a risky thing to do in ‘73. Nobody was writing about the slave trade in pop music especially for a new label trying to find success on the pop charts after the success of the OJ’s “Backstabbers”. We tried to do a song off this album, “Don’t call me brother”, but it would have been a duet.


Eugene McDaniels - Headless Heroes of the Apocolypse

A lot of his message songs were so hard hitting that even John [Legend] thought it was a bit too much. Every song of this record had ended up in samples by Pete Rock, ATCQ, Beastie Boys…with his vocals that the VP of the USA in the Nixon admin and called and had him blacklisted from the musicians union. When the United Stated govt and vp has you blacklisted then you must have said something really really strong. The last time I played the record was on a L Hill record and one song “The Parasite” 10 mins by the time your got to the 5th min the audience would be like “what the hell is this”


Curtis Mayfield – There’s No Place Like America Today & Curtis

Even though most people gravitate towards Superfly there are two. Curtis deals with the book of Revolulations. He also owned his label he had less to lose when you are depending on someone else to feed you.


 

Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On

The first politically social ablum of which al the songs run into each other. It covers a lot of ground. Marvin’s thought’s on Veitname, gov’t IRS even writing black music’s first and last song about the ecology (minus the hip hop contributions).


 

Gil Scott Heron – From South Africa to South Carolina

He is an important artist. I will say that probably my fav albums is From South Africa to South Carolina. He’s one of the first to talk about what was going on in Johannesburg, South Africa and Bantu Stephen Biko who mobilized the youth to march against the government. The fact he brought it up first before everybody. Noted achievement of his career. Clive Davis called him the black Bob Dylan.


 

Honorary Mention: 

Richard Pryor - Bicentennial Nigger

"I consider them more political commentary then comedy. What it’s like on the middle passage. There’s a sketch he does, the ghost of our ancestors reflect on 300 years. He runs down a litany of subjects…I want to thank my slave masters, my half-breed brothers from the diseases given to us and the last line: 'I’m never gonna forget it. I’ll never forget'"

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Tucked neatly behind her dark sunglasses, the songstress began her set strapped to a mustard yellow guitar with a host of back-up musicians accompanying the 21-year-old on her first solo journey with "Tiny Desk." She previously appeared on the performance series in June 2018 alongside collaborator Daniel Caesar to bring their single "Best Part" to life.

The singer began with "Going (Interlude)," a low-tempo song ushering a heavy-hearted feel into the 18-minute-performance. Keeping with the melancholy vibes planted by the first single, Gabriella Wilson – best known by her three-letter-moniker –  delivered a stunning rendition of "Feel A Way." With two-final transitions, the singer-songwriter concluded her act with "Focus," a throw back from the 2017 EP that gained her worldwide recognition, H.E.R. Volume 1.

Switching from strings to keys, Wilson sat peacefully before a keyboard playing the melody she crafted for the crowd favorite. Chaperoning the performance to a close, Wilson and her background singers played a vocal game of tag as the band jazzed up the slow beats until the set officially wrapped.

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Your rapper’s favorite rapper Cardi B is slated to make her debut on “Car Pool Karaoke” with James Corden, Billboard reports. The Late Late Show host teased the upcoming episode, which airs Monday (Dec.17) via Instagram along with a small schedule of the show’s upcoming guests.

 

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In addition to the “Money” rapper, Amber Heard and Armie Hammer will also appear on the same episode. Corden is closing out the last leg of 2018 strong by having a slew of other prominent stars on the show on the last week before the program goes on break for the holidays. The likes of Gwen Stefani, RuPaul, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Blunt, Leah Remini, Lin-Manuel Miranda, among others will be featured on the show after Bardi’s Monday episode.

To say the least, we're sure the British talk show host and the newly minted Grammy-nominated rapper are going to have the time of their lives.

The 26-year-old's now estranged husband Offset, along with the other members of Migos were guests on the beloved show. Joining Corden as he drove through the streets of Los Angeles, the trio performed a slew of hits including "Walk It Talk It"  while also giving a nod of praise to past hits, including Whitney Houston's "Wanna Dance With Somebody."

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Previously, the pair hit the studio for an eight-track project that pays respect to their hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. It was surprise-released in October and effortlessly fuses ATL's aura on the soundscape. Now, the "Peace Sign" video puts that decision into cinematic motion.

"Atlanta offers a certain attitude and a sauce that I can't explain, and it is a little bit in 'No Limit,' it is a little bit in 'TNT.' I'm literally talking sh*t, man," he said in an interview with The Fader. "I'm popping sh*t that I haven't popped, like really ever. And that's what being in the moment creates. When you have months and months to think about it and you begin to analyze all the people who you need to think of and what you want this entire project to work out, you'll lose certain elements of your spontaneity an incredible culture that just happens in the moment. I didn't give that space. I really was honest with the feelings, I was honest with the conversation and I was really in the moment. And I thank Zay for that."

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