Rest in Paradise: Lou Rawls

Today, January 6, 2006, Lou Rawls passed away in Los Angeles, California. For their 1969 “Cloud Nine” album, The Temptations included their psychedelic soul cover of Rawls’ ‘Love Is a Hurtin’ Thing.’ Norman Whitfield produced The Temptations’ version, while David Axelrod handled Lou’s three years prior.  On November 4, 1966, ‘Love Is a Hurtin’ Thing’…

Young Money: “We Are Young Money”

Today, December 21, 2009, Young Money released their compilation album, “We Are Young Money.” This tuneful, lyrically-potent hip-hop album peaked at no. 1 on the US Billboard Top Rap Albums chart, and no. 9 on the Billboard 200.  ‘Bedrock’ featuring the southern songbird Lloyd was released as a single, a production by Kane Beatz, and…

Avant: “Private Room”

Today, December 9, 2003, Avant released his first studio album with Geffen Records, “Private Room.” Executively produced by the seasoned Steve Huff, “Private Room” is passionate, intimate contemporary soul on the same high levels of R. Kelly’s “Chocolate Factory.” On the US Billboard 200, “Private Room” peaked at no. 18, while on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop…