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The Mother of Hip-Hop passes

Sylvia Robinson has been featured in commercials, movies and covered by a number of well known singers. She produced the hit “Love On A Two Way Street” by The Moments.

Later, she found success as a solo artist under the name Sylvia. The memorable, sexy and sultry single “Pillow Talk” was a R & B favorite. Robinson went on to form All Platinum Records. with her husband. The record label struggled and faced mounting debts in addition to numerous lawsuits. One night while she was in a club in Harlem, she heard a DJ, Lovebug Starski, rapping over the breaks in the songs he was spinning. She had an epiphany to record what she had heard.  Robinson, with the help of her son Joey, recruited three young rappers, Big Bank Hank, Wonder Mike and Master Gee and formed the group known today as the Sugar Hill Gang. The group recorded what is noted as the first rap song, “Rapper’s Delight.”   It was comprised of rhymes over the instrumental of Chic’s hit “Good Times.”sh< Robinson  and her husband Joe chartered Sugarhill Records to release the record.  The song was a huge success.  I sold more than 8 million copies, reached No. 4 on the R&B charts and No. 36 on Billboard’s Hot 100, spawning a movement and opportunities for other hip-hop artists.

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Rufus & Chaka Khan Get Nominated

and the list can go on and on.  There are so many present day artist like Mary J Blige, Ledisi and Erykah Badu, who were inspired as children by the body of work created by one of the greatest bands to ever bless the world with music, Rufus and Chaka Khan.  Rufus was a multiracial band born on the southside of Chicago.  Their common bond music.  The band suffered numerous growing pains with members coming and going However the band that would be know as Rufus meshed together in 197  with members  At the age of 17, Chaka Khan became the front woman for the band Rufus.  Chaka’s stage presence and vocal ability led Rufus to be the hotest band in Chicago during the early 1970’s.  She was branded R & B’s wild child, funk goddess, disco diva just to name a few.  Rufus went on to be one of the hottest R & B groups during the period when Funk, Roll and Disco were at the top of the charts.  One of the greatest voices ever known to man helped to solidify Rufus’ place in history . p=6055″>mj
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced that Rufus & Chaka Khan were among the among the candidates to be inducted into thee 2012 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. This is an awesome honor in itself.  In order to be considered, an act must have released its first single or album at least 25 years ago to qualify for induction.  More than 500 voters will determine who makes the hall.  New members will be inducted at a ceremony at the hall of fame in Cleveland on April .  How can you help?  You can help by going to the site and voting for Rufus and Chaka Khan.  Your opinion matters.  Rock the vote!!!!

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Singer Vesta Williams Dies

The Neo Soul Cafe has just learned and is saddened to report that R & B singer Vesta Williams has passed away.  She was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel room on yesterday, September 22, 2011. Details surrounding her death are sketchy.   Radio personality Tom Joyner, confirmed her death with close friends of the singer, R & B singer Tony Terry and Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph.  The R&B community as well as numerous friends have been tweeting about it since last night and are sending out their condolences.  Ms. Williams was most known for her hit “Congratulations” and “Sweet Sweet Love.” Vesta Williams was 48 years old at the time of her passing.

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The Black Is Beautiful Tour

Atlanta, Georgia is the hub for good music… Grammy award winning singer, Angie Stone, announced the The Black Is Beautiful Tour on September 6, 2011. The Tour will kick off on September 23, 2011 at The Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta, Ga. In concert with Angie Stone, will be, Raheem Devaughn, Anthony David, Tweet and Algebra. This show is going to be amazing. A portion of the concert proceeds will be donated to the 100 Black Men of Atlanta to support Project Success. Tickets can be purchased at

Angie is in the studio putting the wraps on her new CD “Rich Girl” which is due to be released early next year. Please don’t be mislead by the album’s title. According to Stone, “It doesn’t have anything to do with having or acquiring material wealth. “It’s a metaphor,”It’s about love, spiritual bonding, the love of sharing love and being rich in spirit.” Angie worked with Joe, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Ledisi, Faith Evans,Tweet an many more. Fans can look for a single to be released sometime this fall. Its been a while since we’ve heard from Angie Stone and I am definitely looking forward to hearing her new project. Peace~N~Blessings

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