Respect your roots. Hip-hop was built on jazz, soul and FUNK. Tonight hip-hop lost funk legend Teena Marie.

Teena Marie: 1956 – 2010. There will be many tributes to Ms. Marie, who was known to bring the funk both solo and with her longtime partner in crime, Rick James, but tonight we will let the music do the talking. Tonight, we celebrate Lady Tee:

Behind the Groove

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Square Biz

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Lovergirl

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Fire and Desire

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And, of course, her classic Ooh La La La

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…which spawned these hip-hop classics:

The Fugees – Fugee-La (the sample starts at 1:07):

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Grand Puba – Fat Rat (the sample starts at 1:32):

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Props to whosampled.com for the sample info.

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Never Too Much – Classic Soul and R&B Playlist

Classic joints never get old.  They just get better.  Click here or above to play.  Trackist below:

Never Too Much – Luther Vandross

Rock With You – Michael Jackson

Give Me the Night – George Benson

Give it to Me Baby – Rick James

September – Earth, Wind and Fire

Brick – Dazz Band

Back To Life – Soul II Soul

Back and Forth – Aaliyah

Be Happy (Remix) – Mary J. Blige ft Keith Murray

Things We Do For Love – Horace Brown

Real Love – Mary J Blige

Funkin for Jamaica – Tom Browne

A Night to Remember – Shalamar

Running Away – Roy Ayers

Off the Wall – Michael Jackson

Stomp – The Brothers Johnson

Another Star – Stevie Wonder