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Playlist: 97 Minutes of Christmas, Vol. 3

Jordan Listenbee | December 12, 2021

This Christmas season, the staff of THE 97 will be sharing their favorite holiday songs via our new 97 Minutes of Christmas Playlist series. Each playlist contains 1 hour and 37~ minutes of Christmas jams personally curated by the staff writer. VOLUME 3, CURATED BY JORDAN To me, Christmas is all […]

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Playlist: Aretha Franklin’s Deep Cuts

Andrew Martone | March 25, 2017

Aretha Franklin: The Queen Turns 75 In celebration of Aretha Franklin’s 75th birthday, I dug into her catalog for some deep cuts. Everyone knows “Respect“, “Think”, and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, but what about the songs that didn’t receive single treatment/attention? Let me take you back… Digesting Aretha […]


Top 5: Melanie Fiona’s “The MF Life”

Andrew Martone | March 20, 2017

From the moment I heard Melanie Fiona’s Zombies-sampling debut single “Give It To Me Right“, I became hooked. Between the impeccable sample use of “Time Of The Season” and her incredible voice which combines Brandy’s timbre with the soulfulness of a young Aretha Franklin, she mesmerized me. Then I heard her follow-up […]


Playlist: Mama Patti Essentials

Mario M. | March 15, 2017

One cannot be a fan of R&B music and not be familiar with Patti LaBelle. Her iconic voice, her songs and her legendary live performances have defined the history of this genre. It’s simply not acceptable to be unaware of Queen Patti’s material. Miss Patti started her career in the […]