To invoke Bobby Byrd, Rakim and Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, soul is difficult to define, but you know it when you see it. It can't be calculated, borrowed or bought. The idea is more ancient than Scripture, and its effects are equally ineffable. "Soul" is pure cliché and an unavoidable as ... More >>
Portformat's 'The Repeat Factor' repeatedSome things bear repeating -- especially when they're funked up to resemble a modern beat music take on Parliament's timeless space-groove.
It's no secret that L.A. residents Dudley Perkins and Georgia Anne Muldrow are descendents of the P-Funk tradit ... More >>
Star ForemanInglewood couple and music-making entrepreneurs Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins (a.k.a. Declaime) released solo albums a mere six months ago -- Umsindo and Holy Smokes, respectively -- and already, they've got a new funk-fueled space odyssey for the intrepid among us. Thei ... More >>
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Or, how Dan LeRoy learned to stop worrying and love da bomb.
While year-end, catch-all wrap-ups are common to every musical genre, in no other style of music do they turn into the hand-wringing, "state of the game" examinations that hip-hop seems to provoke. (I've certainly wr ... More >>
From Sugar Hill to the Wild Pitch/4th & Broadway/Rap-A-Lot years to Fondle 'Em and Rawkus, hip-hop was founded on a bedrock of great labels that you could generally trust whatever they released to be quality, save for the the 4th and Broadway-signed Stereo MC's (though we can all admit to liki ... More >>