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Songs For The Week

AWOPBAMBOOM Vol. 55: Music 4 Music People

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From Ray Charles to Jay-Z, here’s what’s orbiting our musical universe this week…

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Black History Month Spotlight
Last year we focused on the rich history that black musicians have provided throughout the years. This year we’ve compiled several songs from some of our favorite artists… both then and now.

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Ray Charles, “I’ve Got a Woman”
Millennials will hear this song and assume it’s a remake of Kanye West’s, “Gold Digger.” Quite the contrary, this one originates from the man they call “The Genius.”

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Kanye West ft. Jamie Foxx, “Gold Digger”
And here’s Kanye’s version featuring Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles.

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Aretha Franklin
In case ya didn’t know, Aretha’s the first female musician to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Beyonce ft. Jay-Z, “Crazy in Love”
No truer example of a power couple than the Queen and King of New York.

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T.I.
To date: 3 EPs and 10 studio albums.

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Ashanti, “Foolish”
One of our favorite Long Islanders, Ashanti dropped this hit in 2001.

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Lead-In Image (Ray Charles’ Star, Hollywood Walk Of Fame) Courtesy of Jorg Hackemann / Shutterstock.com

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Joey Fernandez is a music writer from New York’s strongest island. Drop him a line at joey@newswhistle.com or send him a Tweet (@SenorJoseRafael).