Listen to 'Good Times: The Evolution of Black Music' episode 4 - Contemporary Hip Hop and R&B


Common performing in New York in 2019. (American Public Media)
Good Times: The Evolution of Black Music; episode 4 - Contemporary R&B and Hip Hop
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June is Black Music Month, and every Monday night at 10 throughout the month of June, The Current features a special program, Good Times: The Evolution of Black Music. Hosted by Debonaire, we'll celebrate Black music and its contributions to America's musical landscape.

For episode 4, we dig deep in the crates for some of the best in Hip Hop and R&B.

Program Playlist

Common, "Da Corner"
Lauryn Hill, "To Zion"
LaBelle, "Lady Marmalade"
Maze, "We Are One"
Whitney Houston, "Didn't We Almost Have It All"
Luther Vandross, "Don't You Know That"
Boogie Down Productions, "My Philosophy"
Chaka Kahn, "Papillon" (aka "Hot Butterfly")
Kanye West, "Homecoming"
Rihanna, "Work"
Marvin Gaye, "I Want You"
Mary J. Blige, "Everything"
Jay Z, "Can't Knock The Hustle"

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    Lauryn Hill performs on the Pyramid Stage on day three of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 28, 2019 in Glastonbury, England. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)
  • Patti LaBelle onstage in New York
    Patti LaBelle speaks onstage at Billboard Women In Music 2018 on December 6, 2018 in New York City. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Billboard)
  • Frankie Beverly of Maze
    Maze featuring Frankie Beverly performing during the 2009 Essence Music Festival at the Louisiana Superdome on July 5, 2009 in New Orleans. (Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
  • Whitney Houston
    Whitney Houston was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2020. (Scott Gries/Getty Images)
  • Rapper KRS-One performing onstage
    Rapper KRS-One, a founding member of Boogie Down Productions, performing at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on July 19, 2009 in Wantagh, New York. (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
  • Chaka Khan performing
    Chaka Khan performing at Lincoln Center Theater on November 29, 2018, in New York City. (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
  • Kanye West
    Rapper Kanye West attending the WSJ Magazine 2019 Innovator Awards at MOMA on Nov. 6, 2019, in New York City. (Angela Weiss | AFP via Getty Images)
  • Rihanna attends her 4th Annual Diamond Ball at Cipriani Wall Street
    Rihanna attending her 4th Annual Diamond Ball at Cipriani Wall Street on September 13, 2018, in New York City (ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Marvin Gaye photo
    Marvin Gaye performing onstage. (Rob Verhorst/Redferns/Getty)
  • The Apollo Inducts Mary J Blige Into Its Walk Of Fame
    Mary J Blige is inducted to The Apollo walk of fame at The Apollo Theater on May 28, 2021, in New York City. (Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
  • Jay-Z performs at the Meadows Music And Arts Festival in New York
    Jay-Z performing onstage during day one of the Meadows Music And Arts Festival at Citi Field on Sept. 15, 2017, in New York City. (Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)