by Johnnie Ray Kornegay III | @jayrayisthename
It’s funny living in Atlanta today. In the popular music lexicon of the day, the city is most associated with Trap. Before that, however, by the late-1980s Atlanta had established itself as the new hub for Black music royalty. Perched at the top of that mountain sat the production team of Organized Noize.
I won’t bore you with the extensive resume of the team. I will instead direct you the Netflix documentary about them - The Art of Organized Noize. In 1995, codifying their mix of Soul, Funk and Hip-Hop into a group effort, Rico Wade, Sleepy Brown and Ray Murray linked with. frequent collaborator, Big Rube and vocalist Esperanza to form Society of Soul. Their debut, and only, album Brainchild is one of the great gems from the era. Play it on Spotify.