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#TBTXPN: Watch 18 Philly rap classics for Philly Music Day

The Roots in "Proceed" | still from video
The Roots in “Proceed” | still from video

Throughout the Summer, WXPN has been doing a special themed weekly programming series – #TBTXPN – a musical #ThrowbackThursday through August. Each week XPN has been traveling back to a special year, a genre, or musical movement.

This week we’re putting the spotlight on the sounds of Philly for Philly music day. So much incredible music has come out of Philly, from the Gamble and Huff Sounds of Philly to Hall and Oates, the era of The Hooters and The Dead Milkmen to Grover Washington, Jr. and the current awesomeness: The War On Drugs, Dr. Dog, Nothing, Modern Baseball, Hop Along, Kississippi and so many more.

While Philly has thrown down in R&B, soul, rock and indie-rock, this city has always had a vital and important hip-hop and rap music scene. Philly was on the map at the dawn of rap music, and we’ve gathered together some of our favorite old school jams for you below for #tbtXPN Philly Music Day. Continue reading →

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Listen to our #TBTXPN Motown Records Spotify playlist

The Temptin’ Temptations

Today’s #tbtXPN – Throwback Thursday – showcases the mighty sounds of Motown Records, and its various label imprints, Tamla, Soul, Invictus, Rare Earth records and more. Home to dozens of Billboard hits for over more than three decades, the Motor City label was home to some of the greatest all-time soul and R&B records. Continue reading →

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#TBTXPN: Watch 10 of the greatest Motown songs

Motown Records

Throughout the Summer, WXPN has been doing a special themed weekly programming series, #TBTXPN – a musical #ThrowbackThursday through August. Each week XPN has been travelling back to a special year, a genre, or musical movement. This week we put the spotlight on the incredible Motown record labels, and the many hits and deep tracks in its vaults. Founded by Berry Gordy in January, 1959 as Tamla Records on a family loan of $800, the songwriter and businessman incorporated the company in Detroit, Michigan in 1960 as the Motown Record Corporation. The word Motown was a combination of the words motor and town, and the label quickly became synonymous with the some of the greatest R&B and soul hits – and deep tracks – of the Sixties, Seventies, and beyond. Continue reading →

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Just what is this “Yacht Rock” thing anyway?

Loggins & Messina | Full Sail album cover

Each Thursday on WXPN since June, and continuing through the last Thursday in August, we’ve been dedicating a day of music programming to a theme, genre, musical movement, or year. Today for Throwback Thursday – #tbtXPN – we’re showcasing the smooth sounds of Yacht Rock. For those of you not familiar with the term, you might be asking, “Just what is this thing called ‘Yacht Rock’?” Continue reading →