#MUSICSERMON’S TOP 11

Shortly before #MusicSermon’s anniversary, we put out a call for your Top sermons over the first year. For the rest of the month, we’re counting down down the Top 11 based on your responses.


#11: THE GOLDEN ERA of R&B/HIP-HOP COLLABS

When hip-hop and r&b collabs first hit their stride, each genre brought a distinct element to the track. Now, with hip-hop production driving sound and style, you can’t always tell whose the artist and whose the feature. We remember some of the greatest collaborations from the golden age.


#10: BUBBLE COATS, LEATHERS, POLO BOOTS & TIMBS: NY BOOM BAP

Let’s go to NY circa 1993, to a very specific niche era of hip hop. Head nod music. On the block music. Roll that sh*t, light that sh*t, smoke it music. Stick up kid music. Peace to the Gods and the Earths music. Dun music. Grimey Rap. Jeep muisc. NYC music. Boom Bap.


#9: TAKE UP YOUR TIMBRELS AND DANCE: DISCO & BOOGIE MUSIC

Disco is the mistreated step-child of music eras, but it gets a bad rap. Disco evolved from from our dance music; from funk and soul. The cheesy, overproduced stuff most think of in association with the genre was a small part of it. In fact, so many of the classic jams we love are part of this genre! So pull out some sequins & metallics (and maybe roller skates), and get into disco & boogie music.


#8: WHERE TWO OR MORE ARE GATHERED: GROUPS OF THE 70s & 80s

The R&B group/band has become a rarity. In the first sermon to reach back to the 70s, we looked at the classic funk, soul and r&b groups over two of the greatest decades of the evolution of black muic.

PART I: 70s Funk & Soul

Wild outfits, wild stage shows, wild artwork. The 70s was an explosion of new sound and new expressions of artistry.


Part II: 80s Soul & R&B

Emerging from the disco era into boogie, straight r&b and the quiet storm. Grooves, moves and meetings in the ladies room.


#7: COOKOUT APPLICANTS — A LOOK AT BLUE EYED SOUL

A look at the white artists who tap into soul and spirit on an undeniable level, from some of the classic “Blue Eyed Soul” artists, to artists who were clearly rock, pop, or new wave but still connected sonically.


#6: THE ARCHITECTS & SCRIBES — ROD TEMPERTON

During the month of April, #MusicSermon looked at the people behind our favorite hits: the writers and producers.

For the last installment, a man so low key he was known in the industry as The Invisible Man. Your favorite writer/producer you didn’t know was your favorite writer/producer: Rod Temperton.


#5: CLASSIC R&B WAS PROBLEMATIC

We like to say that current r&b has gone astray, and remember our classics and idyllic odes to love, but you might be surprised if you revisit the lyrics of the classic r&b we loved in the 80s and 90s.


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