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RIP Teena Marie

Damn. When I was growing up, my mom's radio stayed on WDAS in Philadelphia. Old Soul, Funk and R&B was what I was reared on, and my mom was a huge fan of Rick James, so coming across mad Teena Marie tracks was just part of whatever trips we were on. Lady T had a beautiful voice - I mean, in a world where everyone thinks they are an American Idol, Teena could blow. Live. In the booth. Wherever. She's dropped a string of hits ("Portugese Love", "Square Biz", and my personal favorite, "Fire & Desire" with Rick), and has been sampled by everyone from The Fugees to The Firm. Hell, at one point, Birdman signed her to his "Cash Money Classics" label! She was a legend in my mom's house, is a legend on my wife's iPhone, and will not be forgotten. I'm sad when I hear that Teena Marie passed away today, a day after her daughter's birthday. She will be sorely missed. Rest in power, Teena.

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