'Soul Train' Is Ready to Board & More: Oct. 2 In Hip-Hop History

On at the present time, the late tv icon Don Cornelius launches Soul Train and rappers Ja Rule and Will.i.am drop new studio albums. In addition, R&B singers LaTocha Scott and Freddie Jackson have fun birthdays. Check it out.

Soul Train, which first aired 47 years in the past right this moment, was one of many longest first-run syndicated tv packages in broadcast historical past. It was the brainchild of Don Cornelius, a former radio DJ, who needed to create a music present for black audiences in response to the then-widely widespread dance present Dick Clark's American Bandstand.

Soul Train initially premiered in Cornelius's hometown of Chicago in 1970. Then this system moved to Los Angeles the place it began its nationwide syndicated run on Oct. 2, 1971. It stayed on the air for 35 years earlier than the Train got here to a cease in March 2006.

During its historic run, Soul Train billed itself because the "hippest journey in America" and gave black artists nationwide publicity at a time when mainstream radio and tv wasn't doing so. Cornelius' baritone voice and nice interviewing model made him a beloved tv character who assured that each present was gonna be a stone gasoline, honey.

"[Don Cornelius] was a inventive genius — somebody who took African-American music out of the ’60s, introduced it into the ’70s, crossed it over, and had the utmost respect for the artists he offered," stated Marvin Gaye’s widow Janis, who was one in all Cornelius’ finest mates till his demise in February 2012 (quote Spin).

The younger dancers of the “Soul Train Line” supplied a lot of the present’s leisure as effectively, with a number of of them changing into main stars in their very own proper, together with actress Rosie Perez, R&B singer Jody Watley and rapper MC Hammer. The success of Soul Train helped Cornelius type his personal file label within the '70s and launched the Soul Train Awards in 1987.


“America” was the fourth and closing single from Prince’s seventh album, Around the World in a Day. Written by Prince together with Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman of the Revolution, the tune is overtly political as he addresses then-President Ronald Reagan’s policy-making, which he felt was pushing the nation into communism and probably a nuclear conflict.

“He didn't like politics,” stated Sheila E. in a 2017 Billboard interview. “He didn't like a variety of it, however we talked about it on a regular basis. It's the explanation why he wrote ‘America.’ That was '85 when it was launched. He wrote it through the time of [President Ronald] Reagan and when our nation went to conflict with Libya. That's his response to what was taking place then, which remains to be authentic and related right this moment.”

On Oct. 27, 1985, whereas filming the film Under the Cherry Moon, Prince held an invite-only video shoot for “America” on the Théâtre de Verdure in Nice, France. In the nine-minute-long clip, Prince, carrying an extended trench coat, black pants, purple bandana and matching wide-brimmed hat, leads the Revolution into an lively efficiency of "America" and by the tip of the tune the Purple One provides drummer Bobby Z a break and rocks it out on the drums.


Ja Rule launched his third album, Pain Is Love, on at the present time in 2001. It grew to become Rule's greatest album of his profession, promoting three million copies within the U.S. alone. The Murder Inc. artist additionally nabbed a Best Rap Album Grammy nomination in 2002 however got here up empty-handed with the coveted award going to OutKast's Stankonia.

The album boasts three chart-topping singles, “Always on Time” (that includes Ashanti), “Livin’ It Up” and the Jennifer Lopez-assisted monitor “I’m Real (Murder Mix),” which grew to become a No. 1 hit single from the duo.

"It was a particular second as a result of earlier than that I don’t assume there have been rap artists writing pop songs or R&B information. I used to be getting into into a brand new area and it was enjoyable," Rule instructed Complex in 2013. "That file actually took me international. It was an enormous file for Jennifer as effectively as a result of it gave her that city cool she was searching for. For each of us, it was a win-win."


Will.i.am is understood for his hip-pop leanings along with his Grammy-winning group Black Eyed Peas, however he flipped the script on his solo debut Lost Change. The album got here out a month after the horrific Sept. 11 assaults. At that point, there was a name for rap music to maneuver away from violent imagery and give attention to uplifting society.

In a 2001 interview with the A.V. Club, Will.i.am believed artists like himself, Talib Kweli, De La Soul and others have been delivering optimistic messages however company America (and followers) will not be listening to them.

"Hip-hop could supply adverse suggestions on the world's issues, however that's simply the hip-hop that's being promoted now," he stated. "There are hip-hop teams in several sectors and completely different communities which might be doing optimistic shit, however companies and corporations don't need to spend the cash on them that it might take to get them on the market."

"Music is music. Beats are beats. People love music," he continued. "People don't actually love poetry; they love music proper now. It's the identical in hip-hop. You can have a dope-ass beat, after which have any person speaking about testicles. Everybody's nonetheless going to love that beat. And then you may take the identical beat, and have any person who's speaking about some stuff that all of us want to listen to. Even although individuals love music, they're probably not checking for poetry, or for the lyrics, like perhaps they need to. And that's why you might have a variety of dumb shit on the radio."


Born in Atlanta on at the present time, LaTocha Scott, is one-fourth of the legendary R&B group Xscape who had a string of hits within the '90s, together with "Just Kickin' It." Also, fellow R&B singer Freddie Jackson (actual title is Frederick Anthony Jackson) was born on at the present time in Harlem, N.Y., in 1956. The veteran crooner is understood for his No. 1 R&B hit "Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)," amongst different songs.