Known for his mysterious and masked persona, Daniel Dumile, best known as MF Doom, passed away at the age of 49 on October 31, 2020. One of the most celebrated, unpredictable and enigmatic figures in underground hip hop, Doom leaves behind a body of work that will continue to shape artists for years to come. ..
From an early age, Christian Carolos Warren, also known as Osunlade, found his way in the presence of music. The St. Louis native learned how to play the piano at 7 and taught himself how to play drums, bass, and guitar. His musical ingenuity brought him success at 17, as he landed a development deal..
Welcome to Liner Notes, a collection of audio thumbnail essays that tell the story behind seminal albums that you know and love. In the early 1990s, the music scene was dominated by a fusion of jazz and hip-hop loops. To no surprise, new artists were adding a dimension to this already exciting form. Digable Planets, founded by..
Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Chicago, multi-instrumentalist Theo Parrish grew up surrounded by music. Influenced by Chicago’s electronic music scene, Parrish began DJing in at the age of 13. Parrish moved to Michigan in the early 90s and found himself a leading figure in Detroit’s third wave of electronic music producers. His collaborations..
Kenny Dixon Jr, widely known as Moodymann, is a Detroit-based producer, artist, and CEO of Mahogani Music. He entered the prominent Detroit music scene in the early 1990s, creating hip-hop beats and producing for local artists like K-Stone. He navigated himself throughout Detroit, working at several record stores with techno legend Blake Baxter. Moodymann’s intro..
Before they made their mark as “The Jones Girls,” Shirley, Brenda and Valerie Jones grew up in Detroit and began singing and blending harmonies together from an early age. The daughters of gospel singer Mary Frazier Jones, they first started recording for Fortune record label in Detroit before moving over to Hot Wax-Invictus, the company..
Whasdat Music Terri Smith, known as Diviniti, is a product of Detroit’s west side. Raised on R&B, jazz, soul and house music, she got her start playing classical violin and founding a gospel choir in high school. Around this time, she also discovered that she had a knack for writing poetry and songs. She began..
Lucas Morin/Flickr With over four decades under his belt as a recording artist, jazz and R & B trumpeter Tom Browne is an artist who has created his own lane musically while merging the worlds of jazz, soul, funk, and rhythm and blues into a unique sound that’s all his own. Born in 1954 in..
Welcome to Liner Notes, a collection of audio thumbnail essays that tell the story behind seminal albums that you know and love. This month marks the 21st anniversary of the release “Black on Both Sides,” the dazzling and transcendent solo debut of Mos Def (now known as Yasiin Bey). The album fulfilled the promise and potential seen on..
Michele Giacovelli/Flickr American singer, songwriter and bassist Esperanza Spalding has forged a reputation as one of the jazz visionaries of the new millennium. Her work has won multiple Grammy Awards and received both critical and mainstream acclaim. The Portland, Oregon native trained and taught herself on several instruments and was recognized as a prodigious talent..