Most of our favorite hip-hop songs from the last thirty years owe a huge debt to the soul music that came before it -- with that in mind, Stax put together a collection of the most heavily sampled soul music from their label and released it yesterday as Stax The Soul of Hip-Hop
Check out the tracklist below:
1. 24-CARAT BLACK - "Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth"
2. THE EMOTIONS - "Blind Alley"
3. BOOKER T. & THE MGs - "Melting Pot"
4. THE BAR-KAYS - "Humpin'"
5. THE DRAMATICS - "Get Up and Get Down"
6. ISAAC HAYES - "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic"
7. ISAAC HAYES - "Hung Up On My Baby"
8. DAVID PORTER - "I'm Afraid the Masquerade Is Over"
9. WENDY RENE - "After the Laughter (Comes Tears)"
10. CHARMELS - "As Long As I've Got You"
11. THE SWEET INSPIRATIONS - "Why Marry"
12. RUFUS THOMAS - "Do the Funky Penguin (Part 1)"
13. LITTLE MILTON - "Packed Up and Took My Mind"
14. WILLIAM BELL - "I Forgot To Be Your Lover"
This fourteen-track which was released yesterday, April 28, 2009 includes original Stax hits of the '60s and '70s later sampled by artists such as Geto Boys, Rakim, DJ HiTek, Cypress Hill, DJ Muggs, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, DJ Quik, Ice Cube, Notorious B.I.G., Wu-Tang Clan and RZA among others. Just check out Isaac Hayes "Hung Up On My Baby" below and you'll immediately see where the Geto Boys got the beat for "Mind Is Playin Tricks":
Stax has also joined forces with Teena Marie for her upcoming release Congo Square which hits stores June 9, 2009.
Teena is one of my personal favorites to play around the house -- my personal faves are "Portuguese Love" and her duet with Rick James "Fire and Desire".
2009 marks the 30th (pearl) anniversary of Teena Marie's recording career with the June release of her thirteenth CD, Congo Square - and there's a milestone for every decade that has led to it. First is the 16-song CD itself, boasting all of the panoramic musicality a fan could desire. Second is her fresh alignment with Stax Records that -after her storied Motown debut in 1979 - marks the second time Teena has been proudly affiliated with a bedrock black music institution. Finally, there's a more personal revelation regarding her family lineage that once and for all proves why she has been bursting with soul all these years. Teena has New Orleans roots!
"Congo Square was the place where slaves were allowed to dance and sing on Sundays," Ms. Marie concludes. "Can you imagine all the amazing musicians - jazz and otherwise - that have been through since? I thought it would be awesome to consider Congo Square as our address - an inspirational place where artists all live in spirit."
The album includes appearances from Faith Evans (on the first single "Can't Last a Day"), Howard Hewett ( "Lovers Lane"), MC Lyte ("The Pressure"), the jazz trio of pianist George Duke (on the title track "Congo Square"), drummer/co-composer Terri Lyne Carrington and bassist Brian Bromberg ("The Rose n' Thorn," orchestrated by the legendary Paul Riser), and Teena's daughter Rose LeBeau ("Milk n' Honey"). I'm posting her first single "Can't Last A Day" ft. Faith Evans below.
For more on Teena Marie and Congo Square visit www.officialteenamarie.com, www.myspace.com/officialteenamarie or www.youtube.com/officialteenamarie.