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Women who shook up rap music, past and present.
Mary J. Blige,
This mix of infectious hip hop and R&B classics from the late-'80s, '90s and '00s will turn any dinner party into an impromptu dance-off, especially when you're surrounded by your best friends and a plenty of wine.
Early rap hits from the days when all a rapper needed was two turntables and a microphone.
Cutting up aggressive lyrics with his own drug-slinging lexicon, Terrence Thornton has carved out an enviable career first as part of fraternal rap duo Clipse, and today as solo artist and GOOD Music MVP. Enter his kingdom of hits here. All hail King Push.
Listen to these certifiable jams by some of the most talented women in R&B from the last two decades.
Mary J. Blige
These are the sounds of secret downtown ragers and backstage after-parties. They're the artists that inspire the who's who of New York's music and fashion underground, and the next big things in pop culture.
All right B-boys and B-girls, time to windmill over to the Planet Rock where these essential '80s electro hop breakdance jams can help keep your "airswipes" and "l-kicks" looking fresh.
Indie R&B -- or PBR&B to the glib -- combines dreamy, synth-based indie music with contemporary R&B beats. This lush new sound has been influencing underground and mainstream artists alike.
How To Dress Well,
From '73 to '81, the Wigan Casino in Lancashire, England helped to define the northern soul sound. DJs, armed with ultra-rare soul singles that featured stomping, mid-'60s-style beats, would spin from 2 a.m. to the "three before 8" that ended the night.
The Five Stairsteps,
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons,