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Let Me Put You On Game: The Soul Edition

When you listen to a lot of Hip Hop, it’s only natural for you to explore other genres to see their influence on Hip Hop. The first soul album I bought was Al Green’s Call Me, which is still one of my favorite albums of all time. From there I just went on to the basics, Marvin, Isaac, Curtis, Donny, Stevie, Aretha, etc. At first, I felt like an idiot when I realized RZA didn’t compose I Can’t Go To Sleep, but after discovering soul classics, soul music became one of my favorite genres. So I figured I’d share the love with ya’ll. Once again, this is by no means a definitive soul list or anything like that, but these are the songs that made me fall in love with soul music. Maybe they can do the same for you.

Let Me Put You On Game: The Soul Edition Mix


in chronological order

1. Intro

2. (What A) Wonderful World by Sam Cooke: Sam Cooke was a soul pioneer. He really broke through barriers and achieved mainstream success while not sacrificing his messages (A Change Gon’ Come). He gets underrated a lot, and some people think of him as boring, but check out his album One Night Stand: Live At The Harlem Square Club, 1963 which is one of my favorite live recordings.

3. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man by Aretha Franklin: The queen of soul. Her lyrics were poetic and her voice was mesmerizing.

4. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood by Nina Simone: Nina Simone is one of my favorite female singers. She just embodies everything that comes with soul music. Her music was often political, and she wasn’t your average soul singer singing about love on every track.

5. (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay by Otis Redding: I don’t listen to too much Otis Redding, but this song and his debut album of the same name paved the way for a lot of soul musicians.

6. Walk On By by Isaac Hayes: This is one of my favorite songs of all time. I was pissed when I realized the Wu basically just rapped over the instrumental. Isaac Hayes sung with such passion.

7. We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue by Curtis Mayfield: Curtis is arguably the most soulful soul singer. His music just took you to a different place. Kanye didn’t create Touch The Sky by the way. Anyways, this is one of my favorite songs by Cuuuuuuuuuuurtis.

8. A Song For You by Donny Hathaway: One of the most underrated soul singers. He could compose some beautiful ballads, and this one is my favorite of his.

9. Sweet Wanomi by Bill Withers: Bill Withers is a real unique soul singer. He kind of had a country music sound to his music. You probably know him best for Ain’t No Sunshine, so I figured I’d play something else of his. He’s got a great voice too.

10. Tired Of Being Alone by Al Green: Alright, Al Green is my personal favorite, and one of my favorite musicians of all time. I can’t even explain it, just listen to him sing his soul out.

11. I’m Still In Love With You by Al Green: Just what this man could do his voice…damn…just listen.

12. I’ll Be Around by The Spinners: There were plenty of soul groups, but few had a lot of success. Most just had one hit wonders. Still, The Spinners were pretty successful, and this is a great song.

13. Down And Out In New York City by James Brown: The Godfather of Soul. You know how you have that one big hole in your music collection that you’ve been meaning to address? Well James Brown is that hole for me. I just haven’t really gotten around to his music yet. Which is weird, because he’s one of the most sampled artists in Hip Hop. Still, everything I’ve heard from him, including this joint, is great.

14. Let’s Get It On by Marvin Gaye: I know, I know…you’ve heard this song a million times. It’s been raped by movies, TV shows, and even commercials. I was going to choose a different Marvin song, but I don’t care. Pretend like you’re hearing this one for the first time. Marvin is the face of soul music, and his work needs to be studied to understand music today.

15. Living For The City by Stevie Wonder: Stevie is another legend. He has also had such an impact on the way music is today. I don’t listen to him enough, but this is one of my favorite songs of his.


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