1974

EP 96: Jimetta Rose on Rufus & Chaka Khan's "From Rags to Rufus" (1974)

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The Album: Rufus & Chaka Khan From Rags to Rufus (1974)

Los Angeles soul singer, Jimetta Rose, has been making music for a long time, working with artists like Talib Kweli, Meshell Ndgeocello, and Shuggie Otis. Her velvety smooth vocals and thoughtful writing made her a force of nature in the LA music scene, bodying anything from R&B to jazz, to rap, and so much more.

Jimetta was on a journey, searching for a Chaka Khan dance record, and on her way there, found the funk. Jimetta sat down with us to talk Rufus and Chaka Khan's "From Rags to Rufus." We discussed the origins of Rufus and their transition to funk, the impact Chaka had on the band, and why her voice resonates with women from all walks of life, including a young Jimetta Rose.

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Show Tracklisting (all songs from From Rags to Rufus unless indicated otherwise):

  • I Got The Right Street (But The Wrong Direction)
  • Chaka Khan: I Know You, I Live You
  • Chaka Khan: Stop On By
  • Chaka Khan: So Not to Worry
  • Donna Summer: Dinner With Gershwin
  • Ray Parker Jr.: You Can't Change That
  • Eddie Kendricks: Girl You Need A Change Of Mind
  • You Got The Love
  • Rags to Rufus
  • The American Breed: Bend Me, Shape Me
  • Walkin' In The Sun
  • In Love We Grow
  • Sly5thAve: Let Me Ride
  • The Golden Gate Quartet: Swing Down Chariot
  • Swing Down Chariot
  • Walkin' In The Sun
  • Swing Down Chariot
  • Smokin' Room
  • Tell Me Something Good
  • Prince: I Feel For You
  • Chaka Khan: I Feel For You
  • Ain't Nothin' But A Maybe
  • Sideways
  • Smokin' Room

Here is the Spotify playlist of as many songs as we can find there

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EP 54: Women Behaving Boldly #1: Oliver & Morgan on Millie Jackson's Caught Up (1974)

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The Album: Millie Jackson Caught Up (1974)

Some months ago, Oliver and Morgan kicked around the idea of celebrating women over the course of a few Heat Rocks episodes. We decided we'd package it as a series and Oliver came up with the name "Women Behaving Boldly". Gotta love it.

To kick off the series, we chose the incomparable, ahead-of-her-time, OG provocateur Mildred Virginia Jackson known professionally as MILLIE JACKSON.

Millie Jackson is the Queen of Raunchy Rap. She spent much of the seventies singing about relationships and situationships. Her lyrics and conversations in the interludes of songs talked about complicated adult dramas like infidelity and divorce. Her words were raw and honest but also grown and sexy.

1974's Caught Up, her fourth release was a concept album which dealt with the before during and aftermath of an affair told from varying perspectives. Oliver and Morgan sat down to talk about all the elements that make this album fire - a heat rock.

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Show Tracklisting (all songs from Caught Up unless indicated otherwise):

  • So Easy Going, So Hard Coming Back
  • Rihanna: Needed Me
  • Millie Jackson: Phuck U Symphony
  • Millie Jackson: All the Way Lover
  • The Rap
  • Millie Jackson: Gospel Truth
  • The Rap
  • All I Want is a Fighting Chance
  • It's All Over but the Shouting
  • A House for Sale
  • Gladys Knight and the Pips: Neither One of Us (Wants to be the First to Say Goodbye)
  • I'm Tired of Hiding
  • The Rap
  • The First Time
  • I'm Through Trying to Prove My Love to You
  • A House for Sale

Here is the Spotify playlist of as many songs as we can find on there
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