Funk/Soul for the Week Archive

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West Coast Poplock- Ronnie Hudson:  California knows how to party/In the city of Compton/They’re Pop-Lockin’/So Rough, So Tough out here! I’ll be the first to tell you how hard it is living in LA.  It was almost 80 degrees today in December!  Man, it’s rough out here!  I know you are freezing your buts off back east, so here’s a plan, do the west coast pop-lock!  That’ll definitely get you warmed up!  Funk it up!

Let Me Put Love On Your Mind- Con Funk Shun:  So with the name “Funk” in the band’s name, why did I pick a slow jam?  Because this is my blog, that’s why!  This is some serious baby-making music!  While the last track kept you warm while dancing, this song is guaranteed to keep you sizzling in the winter months!  Enjoy!

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The Rain- Oran “Juice” Jones:  Man, growing up this song was played non-stop!  I can never forget the classic line:  “You without me is like Cornflakes without the milk!”  Classic!  I absolutely love this song!  I am not afraid/embarrassed to admit it!  As a matter of fact, I am putting it in my iPod’s most played playlist and playing it non-stop!  I love when he confronts her at the end of the song.  “No close your mouth ’cause you cold busted!”  This song is filled with classic one-liners!  Me and Turrtle would sing this non-stop!  Trust me!  Enjoy!

I Will Always Be There For You- Anquette:  Who said that 2 Live Crew doesn’t have any heart?  This was an all girl band produced and signed by Luke of 2 Live Crew!  Again, in the late 80’s this song was played at all the school dances!  It was all the rage!  They look so ghetto fabulous!

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Saturday Love- Cherelle & Alexander O’Neal: Ah Yeah!  Now this is Old School!  I hope you guys appreciate these songs, because it would be a waste for you not to appreciate these tracks I’m throwing out there!  This song was tha shiznit back in the day!  It still sounds as good today as it did back 1985.  This is the 2nd track off her sophomore album High Priority.  This song does things to me that I don’t think I can publicly acknowledge!  Damn this is good!

Try Me- James Brown: The hardest working man in show business comes at us with this classic soul slow jam!  What’s so great about this song is its simplicity, the lyrics are very simple, yet it has that classic soul sound!  James out-did himself when recording this track!  It is hard to believe that this song was recorded over 50 years ago.  It is the 7th track off James Browns 1959 debut album Please Please Please.

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Ridin’ High- Faze- O:  This is just one of those clean jams that sit back and ride through the neighborhood blazing out your window!  This is a kick back beat that has been heavily sampled through the years.  I am into chill music, and this track fits the bill on that one.  It has many funk elements along with some funk beats.  It is mostly a instrumental track, so it is good for MCs to rhyme over.  So lean back in your seat and le the world know your ridin’ high!

These Arms of Mine- Otis Redding:  It has been over 40 years since the death of this legendary soul singer.  This is the 7th track from his 1964 debut album Pain In My Heart.  This song is one of the most romantic songs ever recorded.  It is guaranteed to get the mood set for any romantic occasion.   These Arms Of Mine/They Are Longing/Longing To Hold You/These Arms of Mine/They Are Lonely/Lonely & Feeling Blue!  Enough Said!  Stop what you are doing and take off your clothes and get nasty with the next person you see, hopefully it is KY!

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Flirt- Cameo:  Cameo has been making music for decades now!  They been funkin’ it up since before I was born.  This is the third track off their 1982 release, “Alligator Woman.”  This was the band’s 8th studio album.  You may know Cameo from their biggest hit song, “Why Have I Lost You?”  You may also know them from other hits like; Candy, Word Up!, and Rigor Mortis.  Unfortunately, Cameo is still making music that no one really cares about.  Back in the day they were a force in the R&B culture!  So, when you see Dr. Justin be sure to call him a Flirt!

How About Us- Champaign:  Now here’s a one-hit wonder!  This is the lead off track to Champaign’s 1981 self-titled debut album.  Although everyone remembers this track, I still remember his other hit, “Try Again.”  This was the jam back in the days!  Everyone was slow dancin’ to this song at every local school dance.  The sax made it a little sexier than the average R&B slow jam!  Hey KY:  Some People Are Made For Each Other/Some People Can Love One Another For Life/How ‘Bout Us?

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Risin’ to the Top- Keni Burke:  Oh Yeah!  This is what I’m talkin’ about!  Does it get any smoother than this?  I think not!  What a blend of some cool jazz, mixed with some smooth R&B vocals!  This song makes you wanna start boppin’ your head up & down.  This song should satisfy the jazz enthusiast as well as those R&B funk gurus!  My Suggestion:  Get in your ride, roll your windows down, put this song on, and raise the volume until the songs sounds distorted!  Hey Dr. J, Keep Risin’ To The Top!

Two Occasions- The Deele:  Back in the day this song was played over & over again.  I remember my first school crush:  Kaoloni.  She was Hawaiian, and I was in love!  In 2nd grade she moved the Hawaii and I was crushed!  I remember hearing this song and playing it over & over again!  This was Babyface’s first group, and it brings back all those memories!  So I dedicate this to Kaoloni, but more to my new love KY!  Kaoloni may have had my heart at first, but I’ve moved on to bigger & better things!

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Let’s Do It Again- The Staple Singers- Talk about kicking back on a Sunday afternoon.  This song makes me long for the summertime.  Grilling some Carne Asada on the grill, with a Budweiser in one hand and pinsas in the other.  Grilling on a Webber Grill, while wearing a wife beater and a Dodger Hat in the park!  Doesn’t this song take you to that time?  I thought of this a few Podcasts ago when Justin was talking about his famous grill!  Next time he has a BBQ, just tell him to turn this track on and kick back on your lawn chair!

At Your Best- The Isley Brothers:  The Isley Brothers are R&B royalty.  The have been making music longer than I’ve been alive.  This song is off of their Harvest for the World album released in 1976, which was the year I was born.  It is a smooth track that was covered by the late Aaliyah!  It is a great song and the album has another standout slow jam entitled “Let Me Down Easy” which has a very ethereal sound.  I just wanted to let KY know that she is a positive motivating force within my life!   So KY Let Me Know!

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Strawberry Letter 22- The Brothers Johnson: There are funk jams and then there are chill funk jams.  This song fills both those requirements.  I am into very chill music, whether R&B/Funk/Indie or what ever.  So this song is often overlooked in the grand scope of things.  So I hope you enjoy this song!

I’ll Give All My Love To You (Special Love remix)- Keith Sweat- Most everyone has heard the original to this track back in the days!  This is one of those rare remixes where the singer actually keeps the instrumentation, yet changes the words.  When this version came out, I did everything in my power to find it!  It wasn’t until recently that I found it!  This song is just as good, if not better than the original.  It is very hard to find, because it was never released on a CD, it was only released on the 12″ Lp record single.  So I hope this scores some points with KY!

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Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic- Isaac Hayes:  Now that’s a mouth full isn’t it!  This funk jam was released on Hayes’ 1970 sophmore album, “Hot Buttered Soul.”  Like many of his albums, this album only had four tracks, but many of his tracks here 10 minutes in length.  Many of knew Hayes as the wacky chef from the hit TV Show South Park.  But back in the day, Hayes’ was a funk master!  This song is no exception, this is hard hittin’ funk.  My only question to Dr. J, “What the heck is Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic?”

My First Love- Rene & Angela: Rene & Angela were a production/writing duo from the 80’s.  Apparently this song was written for Janet Jackson, but she turned it down, so the duo decided to record the track themselves.  This song is a very romantic track.  It is taken from their 1983 album RISE. This is a wonderful ballad that I dedicate to our very own KY, cause she is my first love!

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When you think of house parties in Compton, this song is right at the top of the list!  It is pure 80’s funk!  This song is guaranteed to get the party started!  This song has all the elements that make everything good about 1980’s funk: a crazy hook, horns, a phat beats and synthesizers!  I also wanted to feature this song because I know our very own Dr. J has many groupies! At least he gets the best of both worlds:  Groupies and the experience in treating their STDs.  This song is from Bobby Nunn, and I actually don’t know too much about this guy other than he put out a platinum funk jam!  This song was also sampled by Snoop Dogg for his “Doggfather,” album.  Thanks Bobby!

“In The Mood”- Tyrone Davis:  Tyrone had some pretty good hits, but none as sexy as this one!  This song is very sultry, thanks to Tyrone’s suggestive lyrics but what  really makes this song is the crazy instrumentation. Try this one out on that girl/guy that you’re trying to get at!  So I hope it gets KY in the mood!