Music

July playlist: Silver Linings

The music of a moment doesn’t have to be literal. This month’s playlist isn’t a collection of songs about quarantine, though one does kick off the mix: Yo Gotti’s latest, “Recession Proof.” (One mill’, two mill’/Three mill’, four cribs/Ten cars, epidemic hit/That Corona s— left no jobs) If anything is helping me access joy right […]

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Eddie Floyd Brings the Memphis Soul Sound to Life in New Memoir

Singer Eddie Floyd wrote “Knock on Wood” with guitarist Steve Cropper at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis in 1966, two years before Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated in a second-floor room of the same motel. The song was originally slated for Otis Redding to record and became Stax’s third number one hit. It is the best […]

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‘Nobody Needs Nobody’: Oral history of Memphis’ enduring rap anthem

Atop the 30-year canon of Memphis’ contributions to hip-hop music, Playa Fly’s 1998 single “Nobody,” a sinister symphony of synth, has gone years with an appeal untarnished by time. Though dominant billing belongs to Fly, the song finds the South Memphis rapper trading verses with co-writer and neighbor Gangsta Blac and sharing the chorus with […]