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  • Shinobi Ninja brings unique buffet of sounds to rock

    Shinobi Ninja brings unique buffet of sounds to rock

    Shinobi Ninja did something that few other bands in this new generation of rock music rarely do -- they decided to shoot a video from a cell phone. In 2014 the Brooklyn-based band whipped out a cell phone and shot an entire music video for the single “What If Times,” a single that will make you feel...
  • How the Jackson 5 kick off the teen idol movement

    How the Jackson 5 kick off the teen idol movement

    The Jackson 5 were very knowledgable in their ABCs. They were also excellent at making hits as they were arguably music’s first true teen idol sensations. Between 1969 until their permanent sabbatical in 1989, they were the kings of the pop universe. As what should be universally known by now, the...
  • Good Times: How Chic changed pop music forever

    Good Times: How Chic changed pop music forever

    Chic certainly made the good times roll. This was the band the defined disco, but what also can’t be denied is the impact that the group, headed by Niles Rodgers and the late Bernard Edwards, had on popular music. Chic brought into vogue a lot of the elements that are used in today’s musical...
  • The Bar-Kays: Funk's most durable band

    The Bar-Kays: Funk's most durable band

    There have been few bands who have reached the durability and longevity as the Bar-Kays. Starting out in a time when funk was just beginning to gain its sea legs, this group has scored a multitude of hits, survived a plane crash that could have devastated them, and became trendsetters for the...
  • The story of the very underrated One Way

    The story of the very underrated One Way

    One Way encouraged its fans to find their “Cutie Pie,” but someone should have pointed them the way to superstar status, as despite making a litany of great funk workouts, the band never really managed to gain traction and keep their momentum going throughout their careers and this caused them to...
  • Get on the love train: The story of Con Funk Shun

    Get on the love train: The story of Con Funk Shun

    Over the course of the History of funk, there have been some bands that have went on to icon status, and others that had the pieces to break big, but couldn’t seem to get a great jump out of the gate. Con Funk Shun is in the latter category, as they have been able to pin some great funk tunes, but...
  • The big payback: All you need to know about James Brown

    The big payback: All you need to know about James Brown

    James Brown made it funky, so funky that he changed the course of music forever with his infectious performances, hard-to-follow lyrics, and a band that few others could match in style and stature. Although Brown is the “Godfather of Soul," he is also the father a new genre within soul music: funk...
  • Dance to the Music: The story of Sly and the Family Stone

    Dance to the Music: The story of Sly and the Family Stone

    When discussing the history of funk music, it would be impossible to have one without bringing up Sly and the Family Stone. Formed by Sly Stone, the band was an essential part of the growth of funk and soul, and to this day, they are still one of the most cherished groups in the genre. The origins...
  • Pass the dutchie: The story of Musical Youth

    Pass the dutchie: The story of Musical Youth

    In the early ‘80s, reggae was beginning to sweep the British musical landscape. The Police was probably the best-known band to fully incorporate reggae rhythms into their sound, but another British group took their love for the sound of the Caribbean and went straight to the top of the charts, and...
  • The 2 Live Crew was as nasty as they wanted to be

    The 2 Live Crew was as nasty as they wanted to be

    They entertained, they angered, and they pushed free speech to the limit. The 2 Live Crew is one of hip hop’s most notorious groups, and not in the same way as Public Enemy and N.W.A. Those aforementioned groups used the social and political climate of the time to shock America, but the 2 Live Crew...
  • MC Lyte opened the door for female MCs to succeed

    MC Lyte opened the door for female MCs to succeed

    Before Lana Michelle Moorer, better known as MC Lyte, came on to the scene in 1988, female MCs were having mild success, but not at the same level as their male counterparts. Lyte, along with Salt n’ Pepa and Queen Latifah, changed that narrative in the late ‘80s and opened the door for future...
  • Don't sweat the technique: The story of Eric B. and Rakim

    Don't sweat the technique: The story of Eric B. and Rakim

    Eric B. and Rakim were more than a rapper and DJ duo, they were hip hop innovators. Widely known as the most influential DJ/MC duo not only in the history of hip hop but in pop music, Eric B. and Rakim helped usher in a new era of the sound by combining the minimalized beat that Run-D.M.C. was...
  • Fight the power! The story of Public Enemy

    Fight the power! The story of Public Enemy

    No other group in hip hop, maybe with the exception of NWA, has lived up to their name quite like Public Enemy has. For the past 29 years, the group led by Chuck D and Flavor Flav have been at the forefront of racial, political, and social injustice and oppression, and through their music, they have...
  • The story of Hip Hop's first all-female group, The Sequence

    The story of Hip Hop's first all-female group, The Sequence

    When you think of the early years of hip-hop, what automatically comes to mind is a field dominated by male rappers and DJs. A female MC (Master of Ceremonies) was almost unheard of at the time, but there was one female group who stood out from the pack in rap’s infinite years, and they called...
  • Krush Groovin': The story of Hip-Hop and the 'label wars' of the mid-'80s

    Krush Groovin': The story of Hip-Hop and the 'label wars' of the mid-'80s

    Before 1984, hip-hop was still being considered by many as a vanity genre with no real hit making ability. Although the genre did have some success in the early half of the ‘80s, there was no true breakout artist to come out of the sound and give it credibility among critics. But when Run-D.M.C...
  • Fight for your right to party! The story of the Beastie Boys

    Fight for your right to party! The story of the Beastie Boys

    All the Beastie Boys wanted to do was fight for their right to party, and they did that and then some. Originally formed as a punk band, the Beastie Boys would evolve to become one of the most seminal figures in hip-hop and along the way, they would show the hip-hop world that white guys could...
  • The Sucker MC's: The story of Run-D.M.C.

    The Sucker MC's: The story of Run-D.M.C.

    They came in rocking Adidas from head to toe, and they were also armed with the freshest and hardest rhymes of the mid-‘80s. The group was Run-D.M.C., and from 1984 until 1988 they were the undisputed kings of the Krush Groove era, bringing the “b-boy” style to the mainstream. The story of Run-D.M.C...
  • Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five have a message you need to hear

    Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five have a message you need to hear

    Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five are one of the most influential groups in hip-hop. Credited as the first group to bring a social conscience to the genre, their raps were as eye-opening as the skills of their innovative DJ, and they set the stage for future hip-hop groups like Public Enemy and...
  • Now what you hear is not a test: The story of the Sugarhill Gang

    Now what you hear is not a test: The story of the Sugarhill Gang

    When discussing the history of hip-hop, you can’t leave out The Sugarhill Gang. The group is important to the evolution of the genre as a commercial force, and at a time when many considered the sound a fad and not capable of producing hits, the trio from Edgewood, New Jersey proved everyone wrong...
  • Welcome to Death Row: The story of notorious Death Row Records

    Welcome to Death Row: The story of notorious Death Row Records

    In the history of hip-hop, record labels have become just as fabled as the artist who made music with them, with Sugar Hill, Bad Boy, and Roc-A-Fella to name a few. Then, there’s Death Row Records, the label that brought West Coast Rap to the forefront and has a history that is just as notorious as...
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