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Listen to Marvin's Room Jan. 13, from James Brown to Beyonce
By
Amanda Parris

Published

January 13, 2017

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Marvin's Room is the home of R&B on CBC. The show airs Friday 7:00 p.m on Radio 2, Sunday 8:00 p.m on Radio 1, Wednesday at 4:00 a.m and Friday at 3:00 p.m on SiriusXM.

Amanda Parris is the host of the new CBC Radio 2 show Marvin's Room.
Listen to Marvin's Room, January 13th 2017

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Hold Up

Beyonce’s latest album Lemonade has been named her greatest work to date and it was my album of 2016. When it dropped she was telling the world...

“Hey world, listen. I know you keep trying to compare me to Rihanna and Taylor Swift and I get it. They are very talented artists. But I’m Beyonce. I’m trying to be the next Prince, the next Michael Jackson, the next Aretha Franklin, the next James Brown. That’s the stratosphere I’m working in.”

I will go to bat against anyone and say without hesitation that Beyonce is already on her way to legend status.Speaking of Bats. Check out Beyoncé and her heavy hitting video for “Hold Up”

A Man's Man's Man's World? 

In 1966 James Brown sang about it being a Man’s world. Even though it was co-written with a woman – Betty Jean Newsome – when you listen today you can kind of understand why Rolling Stone magazine called the lyrics “biblically chauvinistic.” Nevertheless it became one of James Brown’s most well-known hits. As a reminder of who Beyoncé is working to move beyond, here’s James Brown, the Godfather of Soul with “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.”

A Woman's World

Soul singer BJ the Chicago Kid has a different and slightly more progressive take on the original. Here he is with his with “Woman’s World.”

Window Seat

Erykah Badu is one of the most recognizable names in neo-soul. She’s never been afraid to be controversial. Seven years ago, her song ‘Window Seat’ reminded everyone that she was the queen of non-conformity. The video was shot guerilla style – one take, no permits. In it Erykah Badu walks through the Plaza in Dallas Texas where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. As she walks she slowly takes off all of her clothing until she is completely nude. She is then shot by an unseen assassin. Inevitably, there were a lot of people who took issue with the video but she argued that it was a political commentary on the character assassination that happens in our society as a result of groupthink. Here’s Erykah Badu with ‘Window Seat.’

The Marvin's Room R&B Stream

Explore the world of R&B, 24 hours a day 7 days a week with our new "Marvin's Room R&B" stream. Inspired by the studio where Marvin Gaye recorded much of his legendary music and by the more recent Drake song of the same name, Marvin's Room brings back the old school and introduces what's going on. Hear: Patti LaBelle, Party Next Door, Toni Braxton, Alicia Keys, Destiny's Child, Prince, Deborah Cox.

Explore the world of R&B from neo-soul to trap soul and everything in between. Inspired by the studio where Marvin Gaye recorded much of his legendary music and by the more recent Drake song of the same name, Marvin's Room brings back the old school and introduces what's going on. Hear: Patti LaBelle, Party Next Door, Toni Braxton, Alicia Keys, Destiny's Child, Prince, Usher, Deborah Cox

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