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February is Black History Month so what better way to jump it off then on a Blaxploitation tip. I hit up my man Mark Randolph, world renowned Blaxploitation connoisseur and writer for Wax Poetics, to pick his fave cuts from the genre. In related news, Mark and the WaxPo crew are putting in work on promoting a new Blaxploitation film called Black Dynamite comin’ to theaters this year, so be sure to peep it out! I saw a screening of that joint last year and it’s nothin’ but hot…or as Larry Mizell once told me, in a rare chance meeting with the famous jazz funk producer at a WaxPo event, “that’s too cold.” Here’s what my man Mark has to say about his top eight…
“Short Eyes / Freak, Freak, Free, Free, Free” Curtis Mayfield Short Eyes Not exactly a Blaxploitation film but it has all the elements you need: great story, unflinching realism and a killer soundtrack.
“Come On And Dream Some Paradise” New Birth Gordon’s War Great film with the even greater Paul Winfield. New Birth lays it down with some killer Blaxploitation era soul.
“T” Plays it Cool” Marvin Gaye Trouble Man Marvin Gaye’s only entry into the Blaxploitation soundtrack arena is one of the genre’s best. So Cool!
“Coffy Is The Color” Roy Ayers Coffy Any list worth its salt has got to include a track from Roy Ayers’ soundtrack for the bodacious buxom beauty Pam Grier’s Coffy. 
“Mama’s Dead” James Brown Black Caesar Deeply moving song from the Godfather of Soul fits the emotional bill perfectly. 
“Somebody Is Gonna Off The Man” Barry White & The Love Unlimited Orchestra Together Brothers  Symphonic funk from the big man. Barry White’s incredible soundtrack from an under appreciated film.
“Hap’nin’” Bernard “Pretty” Purdie Lialeh Released in 1974, this was the first Blaxploitation porno film. Purdie kills it on the drums throughout; from sexy soul to funk burners. If you have a copy, get at me! 
“Never Ending Melody” Charles Earland The Dynamite Brothers Smoking organ work from soul-jazz great Charles Earland. This track from another seldom seen film will surely get your head to noddin’! When’s the last time you heard tympani on a Blaxploitation track?

 

Eight tracks every week from original vinyl sources for your listening pleasure
“Props” to my man, Freddy for the hookup!

 

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