It’s only fitting that
The Man | The Muse’s
first post in 2019
highlights the original
Michael Muse, himself.
Since the mid 60s, Go-go music has been bubbling out of the concrete of the District. Early on, crowds wailed “WIND ME UP CHUCK!!” to no end as “The Godfather of Go-go” music performed. Night life in Washington D.C. was forever changed while Chuck Brown along with other acts such as the Young Senators, and Black Heat, laid a foundation for the subgenre in a way that differentiated the nation’s capital and its black music scene from any other across the country. This form of music - owned specifically and colloquially to the D.C. Metropolitan area - fused funk, live instrumentation, swing rhythms, and an attitude proprietary to the culture of the city. Bands like Junkyard, Northeast Groovers, Rare Essence, and EU became local celebrities throughout the late 70s right on into the golden age of the 90s, popularizing the art form and dipping its toe into mainstream music.
Thanks to Spike Lee’s School Daze in ‘88, HBCUs from coast to coast were shaking at the release of EU’s “DA BUTT”. The 90s saw Go-go’s influence even further with the success of DJ Kool’s “Let Me Clear My Throat”; fast forward to the early 2000s where Amerie (One Thing) and Beyoncé (Crazy In Love) both dominated the charts with Rich Harrison productions sampling succinctly stylized go-go beats.
The decennial impact that D.C.’s own sound has had on black music didn’t shy away past the early aughts. in 2018, a hometown hero and pioneer in the Go-go Music community took the main stage as the lead singer of the world renowned supergroup “The Stylistics”. Rare Essence heart throb, D.C. Legend, and The Man | The Muse’s very own father - Michael D. Muse Sr. In a sit down interview Muse spoke of his time overseas with The Stylistics, his beginnings in Rare Essence, and his overall thoughts and learnings thus far on the ups and downs of the music industry as a whole.
In a long overdue interview, The original “The Man The Muse” chats about newcomers in music that he appreciates, his inspirations as an artist and a father, and how it feels to be featured in the National African American History Museum.
In the in depth exposé, The Georgy Porgy coverer lists some of his top performed songs while hinting on some of the new things he has been cooking up as a solo artist. The Muse on Muse interview premiered in snippet form on the audio leg of this site - Black Music Podcast, “The Psyce”.
Here, for the first time anywhere, is the full interview. Listen below.
Betcha By Golly, Wow
R-A-R- Double E- S-S-E-N-C-E
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