Tuesday, October 30, 2007

See the hip kat in the picture on the left wearing those silver colored space boots? That gentleman right there is one of the most talented soul singers that ever lived, and his name is Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. a.k.a Marvin Gaye! He started out his music career back in the 1960s on Motown Records as a singer, songwriter and musician. Marvin stuck with this popular and successful formula of making music for several years, but it was obvious that he wanted to go against the grain and express himself differently. Even with his highly successful music endeavors with Motown, Marvin wanted to get from under this powerful yet stifling musical entity. Many had labeled him as a troublesome rebel based on some of his opinions and actions, but it was obvious that Mr. Gaye wasn't really concerned about that. Other popular songwriter/musicians like Stevie Wonder and Barry White gave Marvin the inspiration to become the type of solo artist that he knew he could be. He was ready to sprout his wings and explore his horizons.

It wasn’t until the 1970’s when Marvin Gaye released some of the first of many great albums that would finally propel him into a new light of success as a solo artist without having that traditional Motown influence. Personally, I am a fan of Marvin’s early Motown stuff, but I think that many of the albums that came after were some of his best work. Albums like “Let’s Get It On (1973)” ~ “What’s Going On (1971)” ~ “I Want You (1976)” ~ “Here, My Dear (1978)” are some of the main reasons why I’m such a Marvin Gaye fan in the first place. Sadly, even with major success Marvin’s personal life was in shambles. The death of a very close friend (Tammi Terrell), thoughts of suicide, family turmoil and drug abuse took Marvin’s life on a rollercoaster ride filled with plenty ups and downs. Some felt like he was on a definite path to self-destruction. Unfortunately, it wasn’t Marvin that took his own life in the end, it was his father that shot and killed him on April 1, 1984 after a heated argument between the two got out of hand. When the news of Marvin Gaye’s untimely death hit the airwaves here in Detroit, it rocked this city in a way that I had never seen before. I literally saw people crying over the loss of Marvin, and that’s how you know that he meant more to his fans than he probably even realized. Even though he’s gone his music definitely lives on. The art of sampling has opened up a new generation to his great music, and that’s a good thing in my opinion.

Okay, it’s definitely time for FOURTH edition of the SoundNexx Sample Lessonz mixx. This sample mixx series is actually one of my favorites because I get to dig in the crates and share some of my most precious and rare old school joints with you folks. I don’t know about ya’ll, but I enjoy hearing the original tunes that were used to create some of my favorite soul and hip-hop beats. If you like good soul music, put your ears on this one for sure!


    01*willie hutch - brothers gonna work it out
    02*tom brock - there's nothing in the world
    03*millie jackson - i cry
    04*temptations - gonna keep on trying
    05*marvin gaye - soon i'll be loving you again
  • 06*syl johnson - i hate i walked away
    07*al green - i'm glad you're mine
    08*commodores - high on sunshine
    09*isaac hayes - vykkii
    10*patrice rushen - where there is love
    11*lonnie liston smith - bridge through time
    12*reuben wilson - we're in love
    13*chic - will you cry
    14*alantic starr - second to none
    15*al jurreau - rainbow in your eyes
    16*air - playground love
    17*roy ayers - vibrations
    18*kool & the gang - n.t.
    19*headhunters - god made me funky
    20*honey dippers - impeach the president
    21*george mccrae - lifted
    22*delfonics - ready or not here i come
    23*tom brock - i love you more
    24*ahmad jamal - misdemeanor
    25*bob james - look alike
    26*cal tjader - walk on by
    27*zz hill - that ain't the way to make me love u
    28*don randi - theme from the fox
    29*galt macdermot - space
    30*marvin gaye - life's opera
    31*commodores - young girls are my weakness
    32*new birth - honey bee



Darrell said...
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Sasha said...

I think my ALL TIME favorite song is "I want you" from Marvin...Ive listened to it countless times and I always get that special feelin everytime time...

What r your favorite Marvin songs???

SoundNexx DJ said...

@Sasha - Just off the top of my head I was probably say "After the Dance" and "Inner City Blues" because they are so soulful! I want you is a great song too though...

Yenn said...

Now, this is what I am talking about! Good old school music with a hip-hop feel to it! I love Marvin Gaye too.

This mixx is so hot!

Darrell said...

Nice read, fam.

You are definitely one with the music. Keep doing your thing.


Big Homie said...

I agree with Sasha. I Want You is definitely one of my favorite joints from him as well.

Life's Opera. Wow. I have it on vinyl but couldnt find it anywhere online. Props my dude

Sasha said...

I finally got a chance to listen to this...soooooooooooooooooo good.
I especially luvd Syl Johnson "I hate that I walked away", Al Green " I'm glad ur mine" and Tom brock "I love u more".

Thx 4 the lesson!!!!!!!!

SoundNexx DJ said...

@Yenn - Thanks for coming thru. Glad u are diggin't this mixx!

@Darrell - Thanks playa!

@Homie - I actually got that Life's Opera vinyl from my uncle! He a DJ from way back, and his vinyl game is on point! I go thru his stuff and find all kinds of gems.

@Sasha - I agree with you actually. I listen to this mixx all of the time. There are some good songs on here. U can't go wrong with any of those artists you mentioned. Outside of those joints you named, I love that P. Rushen too. Oh and Marvin too of course...