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Isaac Hayes Tribute in Memphis at Stax


Isaac Hayes masterfully redefined soul music. His work has been sampled by all manner of hip-hop producers and recorded by rap stars ranging from Biggie The Notorious B.I.G. 2Pac and beyond. R.I.P., Black Moses.

Like many authentic old school music fans, I am stunned by the recent death of Isaac Hayes. The loss of Isaac Hayes looms so large, it's difficult to express who he represented in the 1970s and 1980s soul music pantheon...

I don't mean from a commercial, number of copies-sold stand point, either. I'm talking about the REAL mark that Black Moses made, hot buttering our hearts and seducing our souls:

...That sensitive, all-true-man voice that hypnotized a people back in the day... The blue lights in the basesment slow jam moments where an Isaac Hayes jam taught us the joys and pain of romance. And informed us of how to express sweet puppy love.

And at the same time, legendarily introduced a fresh and lushly orchestrated sound in black music. And kept it real...

"By the Time I Get to Phoenix" (Glenn Campbell song that Isaac stunningly
reinvented)
"Never Can Say Good-bye" (Jackson Five song that Isaac knocked
to Mars)
"Love's So Doggone Good"
"Walk On By"
"Do Your Thang"
"Good Love 69969"
Even the well-sampled "Blind Alley" by The Emotions?!

Gotta love the many hip-hop producers who've sampled music by Isaac Hayes over the decades. But only those of us of a certain age probably feel this loss in our bones. If you were there, you don't need my mere words. You know...

Isaac Hayes. The gifted truth and soul of a nation. R.I.P. Black Moses. Hot Buttered Soul forever...

Links:
* Isaac Hayes Tribute in Memphis at Stax (New York Times)

* iReporters Remember Isaac Hayes as 'Electrifying' (CNN)

* 10 Classic Hip-hop Songs That Sampled Isaac Hayes (Rap.About.com)

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2 comments:

Jett said...

This is a nice tribute to a man who left us too soon. R.I.P., Black Moses. Gone, but never forgotten.

Viqi French said...

Forgotten? Never!

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