Blaxploitation, Vol. 1 – Soul, Jazz, & Funk From the Inner-City (1996)
Wasn’t it Jay-Z who coined the term “Black Superhero Music” and applied it to his own body of work? I have to take issue with that claim, it doesn’t take much searching to realize that Black Superhero Music is nothing new. It’s been around for years, as anthologies like Blaxploitation exist to prove. The title and cover art of this brilliant compilation instantly evoke memories of American International’s string of gritty black cinema classics of the 1970’s, but shoehorning this amazing compilation into the category of “genre soundtrack” would be to massively shortchange the music contained inside. Yeah, many of the tracks included were culled directly from movies like Superfly and Shaft, but the songs are powerful, honest, and just plain badass enough to stand on their own merit, and in many cases, they have actually eclipsed the popularity of the films they were featured in…
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