Melissa’s Mix Tape: Celebrate Black History Month with Music

These mixtapes often highlight new and emerging artists or old classics. They span genres and tastes. In celebration of Black History Month, this mixtape celebrates some of the incredible songs and artists the black community brought to music.

Black music resonates at the heart of American music. Traditional R&B, gospels and jazz seep into the foundations of pop music. Black artists continued to innovate with the developments of hip hop, rap and sampling. This mixtape highlights just some artists to check out. If I wanted to  hit them all I’d need an entire newspaper and then some.

1) “Halleluja Day” by the Jackson 5 off of “Gold”

2) “B.O.B.” by OutKast off of “Stankonia”

3) “On and On” by Erykah Badu off of “Baduizm”

4) “Rightstarter (Message to a Black Man)” by Public Enemy off of “Yo! Bum Rush the Show”

5) “Every Ghetto, Every City” by Lauryn Hill off of “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”

6) “Super Stupid” by Funkadelic off of “Maggot Brain”

7) “Public Enemy” by A Tribe Called Quest off of “Peoples’ Instinctive Travels & the Paths of Rhythm”

8) “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five off of “The Message”

9) “Chocolate City” by Parliament off of “Chocolate City”

10) “Compton’s N the House” by N.W.A off of “Straight Outta Compton”

11. “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud” by James Brown “Say It Loud — I’m Black and I’m Proud”

12. “Lethal Weapon” by Ice T off of “The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech…Just Watch What You Say”

13. “Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa off of “Planet Rock: The Album”

14. “Everyday People” by Sly amd the Family Stone off of “Stand!”

15. “Hollis Crew (Krush Groove 2)” by Run-D.M.C. off of “Run-D.M.C.

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