Los Angeles, CA — To kick off Black Music Month, Rhino Records will release a full-length video essay via YouTube and social media platforms highlighting the musical evolution of Black American music from Doo-Wop to Hip-Hop, highlighting the connection between today’s popular genres and its forbears.
“From Doo-Wop to Hip-Hop: A Journey from the American Streets To The Top of The Charts,” connects songs from Ray Charles, Zapp & Roger, Otis Redding, Ben E. King, The Chords, Charles Wright, and Roberta Flack, with those from Big Daddy Kane, Busta Rhymes, GrandMaster Flash & The Furious Five, and more.
Doo-Wop music was popularized by African-American youth in the east coast cities of Philadelphia, Baltimore, and New York, moving through the steel factories of Pittsburgh and Cincinnati heading west sweeping through the Windy City, Chicago, before traveling the airwaves and reaching the Pacific Ocean in Los Angeles, California. Hip-Hop took a similar trajectory by amplifying the rhythmic voices of Black youth. This art form originated in New York City and ignited a firestorm of creativity that took the world by storm in the late 70s and early 80s, and continues to dominate popular music today.
The Drifters melodic harmonies burst onto the music scene in the 1950s, starting in barbershops and street corners before dominating the charts. Over the next decade, the group had created numerous hits and multiple number 1’s on the Billboard charts. Their two iconic hits “Under the Boardwalk” and “This Magic Moment” cemented their legacy and place in music history by being honored with their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The essay then follows the transition of the doo-wop style to soul and funk, eventually landing on hip-hop’s inclusion of the earlier styles to create something wholly original. For example, legendary group, Zapp and Roger’s mega-hit “More Bounce to the Ounce” has been sampled over 300 times since its release in 1980.
The re-release of Lupe Fiasco’s critically acclaimed Food & Liquor album showcases the harmonic influences of doo-wop throughout “Daydreamin'” ft. Jill Scott, which won a Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance in 2008. This album will remind fans of Lupe’s clever, witty, and intelligent wordplay that solidified him as one of Hip Hop’s greatest lyricist and most important voices.
Rhino Black Music Month releases:
Available on Friday, June 4:
Various Artist - Intro Documentary Soundtrack Playlist (digital only)
Available on Friday, June 11:
Charles Mingus - Mingus At Carnegie Hall (Deluxe Edition) – 2-CD, $19.98
Available on Friday, June 18:
Milt Jackson & Ray Charles – Soul Brothers – 1-LP on 180-gram vinyl, $21.98
Zapp & Roger – All The Greatest Hits – 2- LP on 140-gram violet and magenta/orange and pink colored vinyl, $34.98
Available on Friday, June 25:
Miles Davis - Merci, Miles! Live at Vienne – 2-CD, $24.98
Miles Davis - Merci, Miles! Live at Vienne – 2-LP on 180-gram vinyl, $34.98
The Drifters– Golden Hits – 1-LP, $21.98
Roberta Flack - Chapter Two 50th Anniversary Digital Expanded, $9.99
Roberta Flack - Quiet Fire 50th Anniversary Digital Expanded, $9.99
Available on Friday, July 16:
Charles Mingus- Live at Carnegie Hall - 3-LP, $49.98
Curtis Mayfield - CURTIS! 50th Anniversary Edition – 2-LP, $31.98
The Time - The Time (Expanded Edition) - 2-LP on red and white color vinyl, $31.98