Black Music Month

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) The Hitsville Museum 2648 West Grand Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48208 When: April 14, 1960 What: Originally founded by Berry Gordy, Jr., “Hitsville” became one of the first black-owned record labels. With its iconic artists and songwriters like Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, The Supremes and The Jackson 5, […]

Queen MJB started out singing back up for Father MC. Mary J. Blige signed with Uptown in 1989, becoming the company’s youngest and first female artist. In Blige’s career early years she worked as a background vocalist for Jeff Reed. A year later, she sung the hook on Father MC‘s hit “I’ll Do 4 U” and was […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) Odyssey Records1012 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70112-2506 When: 1992 What: Using a “call and response style” party vibe, Mardi Gras Indian chants and dance call-outs, TT Tucker and DJ Irv’s single helps to launch the N’Awlins sound known as “Bounce.” «  PREVIOUS NEXT  » In celebration of Black […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) Rick Rubin’s dorm room11 University Place, New York University When: 1984 What: The future mogul and aspiring record producer agree to join forces, signing their first act, a sixteen-year-old from Queens named LL Cool J. «  PREVIOUS NEXT  » In celebration of Black Music Month, TheUrbanDaily’s “It’s All Black […]

Before Big Pun was considered a legendary rap artist, the Bronx MC took on the nickname Moon Dawg back in the 80’s. I wonder how the hip hop community would have responded to Pun with the name Moon Dawg. Big Pun would go on to team up with Fat Joe and The Terror Squad and […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) East River AmphitheaterCherry Street/Jackson Avenue & FDR When: October 10, 1981 What: For the climactic scene in Charlie Ahearn’s classic film, a veritable “Who’s Who” of hip-hop pioneers perform a free concert. «  PREVIOUS NEXT  » In celebration of Black Music Month, TheUrbanDaily’s “It’s All Black Music” presents 100 Rewarding […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare)Haight & Ashbury, San Francisco, CA When: 1967 What: In 1967 Sylvester ‘Sly’ Stewart formed the Family Stone with Cynthia Robinson on trumpet, Rosie Stone on piano, Greg Errico on drums, Jerry Martini on saxaphone, Fred Stewart on guitar and Larry Graham on bass. The multiracial and co-ed […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) Canton, OH 44702 When: 1958 What: Formed in 1958 in Canton, Ohio, the O’Jays were inspired to start their singing group after seeing a performance by Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers. First calling themselves the Triumphs and then the Mascots, they made their recording debut in 1961 […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) Washington D.C., DC 20037 When: April 9, 1939 What: Marian Anderson wanted to sing at Constitution Hall in Washington DC, but at the time African-Americans were not allowed to perform there. Instead, Anderson sang on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. 75,000 people attended, and the performance […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) 3717 Euclid Avenue When: March 21, 1959 What: Organized by Alan Freed, a disc jockey considered to have coined the term “Rock and Roll” at WJW-Radio, and generally accepted as the first major rock and roll concert, the Moondog Coronation Ball drew an estimated 20,000 people trying […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) Maxine Elliot Theater 39th & Broadway New York, NY 10018 When: November 20, 1955 What: Bo-Diddley becomes the first black performer on the most popular program on American television, “The Ed Sullivan Show.” «  PREVIOUS NEXT  » In celebration of Black Music Month, TheUrbanDaily’s “It’s All Black Music” presents 100 Rewarding […]

Dame Dash is no stranger to being apart of a winning team. Before Roc-A-fella, he started a group called “Best Out” in Harlem. The crew wore jackets and T-shirts that said “Best Out.” They were known for dope parties and wearing the latest fits. Basically meaning the best crew out in New York City. Check […]