“TURN YOUR LIGHTS DOWN LOW” LAURYN HILL with BOB MARLEY
Many name Bob Marley’s 1977 Exodus as the Rastafarian’s best album in his catalog of amazing work. Check out Side 2: Jamming, Waiting In Vain, TYLDL, Three Little Birds, and One Love. Essentially a greatest hits collection in five songs! In 1999, a hip hop tribute album called Chant Down Babylon paid homage to Marley. Lauryn Hill’s version rivals Bob’s probably due to Lauryn’s authenticity and Marley’s voice is sampled on the song. Lauryn has five children from Bob’s son, Rohan, and her years with the Fugees gave her insight to the Caribbean attitude working with two prominent Haitians.
“NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE” THE O’JAYS
Which version of this song is most memorable to you? Third World did an incredible reggae version of the song in 1978 on Island Records. Heavy D And The Boyz turned the song into a New Jack Swing classic in the 90’s. But my first exposure to the song was the original version by The O’Jays. The song was written by the famous Philly songwriting team, Gamble & Huff. It was never released as a single by the band. They chose the future theme song to Donald Trump’s Apprentice, For The Love Of Money, as the album’s monster hit but this great song would see bigger exposure in the years to come.
“FORGET ME NOTS” PATRICE RUSHEN
Back in 1982, Patrice Rushen won the Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Performance for this club anthem. Younger audiences will recognize the beat which was heavily sampled by Will Smith for the Men In Black theme song. Patrice, like her friend, Quincy Jones, has kept a low profile the past decade choosing to record jazz compositions over current R&B trends. Forget Me Nots is one of those feel-good dance tracks enhanced by a sick bassline by Freddy Washington and famed sax player, Gerald Albright, adds a hot solo to the mix.