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Blaxploitation never sounded as good as when Curtis Mayfield supplied the soundtrack. Unlike his peers, the funk pioneer’s lyrics throughout Superfly don’t serve to glorify the ghetto culture as much as they deliver biting commentary on the state of the black union at the time. But beyond even the lyrics, there aren’t many musicians like Mayfield that can create a new sound and capture the spirit of the time simultaneously. Between his groundbreaking music and his sotto voce, I’d choose the Gentle Genius in the great pickup game of funk before many more famous. Dig this cool performance of Superfly from the early 1970s:

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