FROM CHUCK, FREDDIE, AND MICHAEL TO EZE.

EZE JACKSON and fans

It was in the 1960’s, when black men appeared on stage, trying hard to look like white men; with parts on the left side when getting hair cuts, to the application of hair straighteners, to look like Elvis Presley or Pat Boone. Chuck Jackson hit the scene with ANY DAY NOW, (a love ballad) selling millions to white and black audiences.

In 20 years, lifestyles changed; the Afro hair cut without parts took over, and love among black youth revved up the horsepower. Freddie Jackson was singing, ROCK ME TONIGHT, and YOU ARE MY LADY.

On the heels was (M.J.) Michael Jackson, who championed the jerry curl hairstyle, and in some ways confused the black world that made it unsure of its R&B roots, especially when Michael denied Billie Jean was his lover, and the “blended” world thought of him as the King of Pop, not R&B.

“Who is that spitting in the microphone?” Sorry, it is not spitting, the correct term is rapping.

For the purpose herein, I will bypass the originators of rap, and skip to Baltimore Maryland’s EZE. EZE JACKSON.

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