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01/15/2021 01:59 PM
DJ: Larry Mizell, Jr.
Ring Them Bells
by Bob Dylan
(1 play) | (0 fans)

"Ring Them Bells" is one of the more celebrated tracks on Bob Dylan’s 1989 Oh Mercy album, and this spiritually minded track invokes St. Peter, St Catherine and the biblical Martha. He received praise for this album after a string of poorly reviewed critical failure, reaching #30 on the Billboard charts. Watch him perform the song live at a concert in Dublin: https://youtu.be/_-gZooq3Ylc
01/15/2021 01:55 PM
DJ: Larry Mizell, Jr.
O-o-h Child
by The Five Stairsteps
(7 plays) | (0 fans)

Recorded in 1970 by a Chicago soul family group the Five Stairsteps, and was released on the Buddah label. The Five Stairsteps had previous peripheral success recording in Chicago with Curtis Mayfield. AllMusic.com wrote that “Producer Stan Vincent's Top Ten hit for the Stairsteps, "O-o-h Child," was one of those bright, memorable, sterling songs which, as with Alive 'N Kickin''s ‘Tighter, Tighter,’ made the summer of 1970 so memorable.” Read the full Allmusic.com profile here: https://www.allmusic.com/album/o-o-h-child-mw0000666424
01/15/2021 01:50 PM
DJ: Larry Mizell, Jr.
by Rapsody feat. PJ Morton
(5 plays) | (0 fans)

Billboard wrote that: "Rapsody's 2019 Eve album celebrated inspirational black women that helped break down barriers for the North Carolina MC to pursue her rap dreams. With the PJ Morton-assisted "Afeni," an ode to the mother of Tupac Shakur, Rapsody salutes the late activist. She returned Friday (Jan. 10), which is also Afeni Shakur's birthday, to unleash the track's visual by dissecting themes of black motherhood and misogyny." Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/uBassZrbxsg
01/15/2021 01:45 PM
DJ: Larry Mizell, Jr.
Keep Ya Head Up
by 2 Pac
(21 plays) | (0 fans)

His second studio album, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z..., was released in February 1993. The album did better than its predecessor both critically and commercially, debuting at number 24 on the Billboard 200. The album contains many tracks emphasizing Shakur's political and social views, and there are noticeable differences in production from his first effort. While 2Pacalypse Now had an indie-rap-oriented sound, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z... is generally considered Shakur's "breakout" album. It spawned the hits "Keep Ya Head Up" and "I Get Around" and reached platinum status. On vinyl, Side A (tracks 1–8) was labeled the "Black Side" and Side B (tracks 9–16) the "Dark Side". It is Shakur's tenth-biggest selling album, with 1,366,000 units moved as of 2004. Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/SHVzWMFMH6Y
01/15/2021 01:40 PM
DJ: Larry Mizell, Jr.
Blues For Martin Luther King
by Otis Spann
(7 plays) | (0 fans)

“A Tribute to Martin Luther King,”composed by Otis Spann of the Muddy Waters’ Band—filling the spaces, driving the piece. Listen to Otis Spann with Muddy Waters & His Band ~ Tribute To Martin Luther King https://youtu.be/nHrgaNdoHOA
01/15/2021 01:39 PM
DJ: Larry Mizell, Jr.

Vol. 3 was entirely produced by Sean C and includes appearances from Swizz Beats, Portugal The Man, Pusha-T, Schoolboy Q, The Last Artful, Dodgr, and more. For the EP’s cover, Thought tapped visual artist Khari Turner who created a portrait inspired by Thought, with the aim to “elevate hip-hop to high art,” according to a press release. Official audio of Black Thought “Ghetto Boyz and Girls” feat. C.S. Armstrong (Fuel Interlude) from the new album Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane & Able, available everywhere now: https://youtu.be/vfdHML7gSSU
01/15/2021 01:35 PM
DJ: Larry Mizell, Jr.
by The Sugarcubes
(176 plays) | (0 fans)

The 1988 debut of Björk’s first internationally recognized band helped launch her solo career in 1993. This was their first international single and the first single released from the album. The Icelandic-language version "Ammæli" was released on the Iceland-only single Einn Mol Á Mann (One Cube Per Head) the previous year and was included as the B-side on the international single. Check the video for “Birthday: here: https://youtu.be/FRd57bm7k24
01/15/2021 01:32 PM
DJ: Larry Mizell, Jr.
Pà Pá Pà
by Femi Kuti
(19 plays) | (0 fans)

Using afrobeat to convey social justice and humanitarian issues, the lyrics aptly express that, “When government waste our time/Government waste our life/Brothers and sisters/When government waste our time/Government waste our life "Pà Pá Pà" is taken from the forthcoming album Legacy +, out February 12 on Partisan Records. Check out the official music video for the song here: https://youtu.be/aeOklefYRW0
01/15/2021 01:29 PM
DJ: Larry Mizell, Jr.

01/15/2021 01:22 PM
DJ: Larry Mizell, Jr.

Fans of the project have appraised this as, “Devastating house music. If you're not moving to this then you're dead.” Check out a video of this song being performed live here: https://youtu.be/_M3YyxxuErM
01/15/2021 01:15 PM
DJ: Larry Mizell, Jr.
by Disclosure, Kehlani & Syd
(7 plays) | (0 fans)

This is the sixth single from the duo's third studio album Energy on 26 August 2020. In an NME interview, the concept for the song is explained: “Syd and I were going through a similar thing at the time, trying to work out if it was cool to call your ex to say hi or is it too awkward / mean to do so out of the blue?" Read the full NME article here:https://www.nme.com/news/music/disclosure-team-up-with-kehlani-and-the-internets-syd-for-new-song-birthday-2738231
01/15/2021 01:12 PM
DJ: Larry Mizell, Jr.

Allmusic.com profiled Joe Zawinul as someone who "belonged in a category unto himself -- a European from the heartland of the classical music tradition (Vienna) who learned to swing as freely as any American jazzer, and whose appetite for growth and change remained insatiable. Zawinul's curiosity and openness to all kinds of sounds made him one of the driving forces behind the electronic jazz-rock revolution of the late '60s and '70s -- and later, he would be almost alone in exploring fusions between jazz-rock and ethnic music from all over the globe. He was one of a bare handful of synthesizer players who actually learned how to play the instrument, to make it an expressive, swinging part of his arsenal." Read the full profile here: https://www.allmusic.com/artist/joe-zawinul-mn0000176859/biography
01/15/2021 01:06 PM
DJ: Larry Mizell, Jr.
You'll Never Walk Alone
by Aretha Franklin
(3 plays) | (0 fans)

The great American singer, songwriter, actress, pianist, and civil rights activist.In a recording career that has spanned over half a century, Franklin's repertoire has included gospel, jazz, blues, R&B, pop, rock and funk. The album Amazing Grace was a critical and commercial success, selling over two million copies in the United States alone and earning a double platinum certification. Read about the Amazing Grace concert film here: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-film-aretha-franklin/aretha-franklins-amazing-grace-concert-film-finally-debuts-idUSKCN1NI2TS
01/15/2021 01:02 PM
DJ: Larry Mizell, Jr.

This is the most recorded Gospel song of all times, and Martin Luther King Jr.'s favorite song. He often invited gospel singer Mahalia Jackson to sing it at civil rights rallies to inspire crowds and, at his request, Jackson sang it at Dr. King’s funeral in April 1968. His last words before his assassination was a request to play it at a mass he was due to attend that night. Here is a video of her performing the song at his funeral in 1968: https://youtu.be/WduYIw8Yrnw