MUSI 2520 - Test 2 Notes - MUSI 2520 NOTES TEST 2 Lecture 7(Tuesday Hip hop was still mainly black with some interest from white artists as well Blondie

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MUSI 2520 NOTES – TEST 2 Lecture 7 (Tuesday, May 20, 2014) Hip hop was still mainly black, with some interest from white artists as well Blondie SONG: Blondie – Rapture She is a punk rock artist Had a live band backing her all the time That was one of her hit songs First single – the tide is high Second single – rapture o Topped the pop charts The song has many elements from different genres Real name – Deborah Harry Track came out in November They didn’t consider it a white female rapping, they saw it as a rock artist whose song had a rap element o This is why they allowed it to play on the top 40 where black rap artists weren’t played First rap song to be successful topping pop charts with rap First single to be broadcasted on MTV with rap She paid proper tribute to rap in the song The song made history because MTV was racists – they wouldn’t play black or rap music and this song helped to break the barrier She was inspired by Grandmaster Flash At the time people saw how disco died and didn’t want the same thing to happen to hip hop She refers to grandmaster flash in her song Watching him perform was the first time she witnessed rap and promised to pay tribute to him – as she does in Rapture She paid tribute to him first and then he sampled this song in his song Teena Marie First white rapper  Teena Maria (Lady T.) She didn’t many duets with Rick James She is relevant because she felt a love for rap and threw it in her music Still one of the few white female artists to embrace R&B and rap She is a singer, songwriter, producer Landed a career with Motown records
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Met her mentor/partner Rick James at Motown o He produced her album She had a “black” sound to her voice – people didn’t believe that she was a white woman o She proved that white women had soul just like black women o No white artists sang R&B as convincingly as Teena Marie o Since her picture wasn’t on her debut album, people thought she was black by the sound of her voice With her picture on the second album, she shocked the R&B audience She was rated among the most complete artists within the universe of music since her debut album in 1979 She played many instruments (mainly guitar and piano) and was only 5’1” Had a deep love for black culture She had a legal battle with her record label Record label will sign you, give you money up front, and then let you wait and nothing comes out o They are “shelved” as an artist o They are paid and the label doesn’t release they music o This is what Motown did to Teena Marie and she fought it legally and won o Result is the Teena Marie Law – a record label can’t keep an artist under contract without releasing their music She was dropped from her record label in the late 80’s She paid tribute to rap In 1981 she released a record called Square Biz
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