If anyone had a chance to review or watch Unsung on TVOne, it had a segment featuring a genre of Disco. Yeah, disco. The genre that the rockers hated and most folks loved. I got a kick out of it because it really opened the door of future genres of not being faded out, like Hip Hop. No question, I am a 70’s Baby. A 1976 baby. But I do appreciate the genre being a soundtrack of my livelihood. Even though, yes, I was about to be born.
In lot of ways, Disco music, according to Unsung, came out black R&B Music. (another black history lesson here!) And between you had artists like Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, Thelma Houston, LeChic, A Taste of Honey, Barry White performing with a live orchestra, and the hustle started in the South Bronx. Most of the remixes you hear today in Hip Hop, has it roots in Disco. That’s right I said it.
But for those who thought it wasn’t real music, probably never gave it chance. Most folks thought Jazz was the devils music. How wrong we were. On Twitter when the part of Disco was about to be “dead”, I had to go to the tweets to write this:
“For some strange reason, I can sympathize what Disco went though. I see parallels of what Hip Hop/Rap Music is going through.
But knowingly, there will be bits and pieces of past genre will fit for future genres.
Plus: Spinderella, remember her from Salt-N-Pepa? She also gives her viewpoint about the genre on the TVOne Website.
And since I do like the genre, here’s my list of Disco joints that are probably and are remixed with Hip-Hop by now:
1) Chic – Freak Out/Dance, Dance, Dance
2) The Trammps – Disco Inferno
3) Ohio Players – Fire
4) Donna Summer – Love to Love You Baby
5) Candi Stanton – Young Hearts, Run Free
6) Thelma Houston – Don’t Leave Me This Way
7) Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing/Staying Alive/ Love You Inside Out
8) A Taste of Honey – Boogie Oogie Oogie
9) Diana Ross – Love Hangover
10) Michael Jackson – Dance With Me/Burn This Disco Out
11) Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive