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Song Stories

“I Know You Got Soul”

Eric B. & Rakim | 1987
Eric B. and Rakim both had successful careers on their own before they joined forces to become a powerful, and trend-setting, hip-hop duo. One the first acts to use sampling in their songs, they quickly developed a strong following after the release of this single, from both local fans and famous celebrities. “Eric B. was driving a Rolls Royce before he ever put out a record,” Chris Rock told Rolling Stone. “My man was gangsta.”
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“Nightshift”

The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

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