RIP Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones, who's powerful voice lead Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, has passed away at 60. Their website reports that she had been battling pancreatic cancer.

I can't front like I was a huge Sharon Jones head. While she'd been making music for the past twenty years, I'd only started hearing about her in the last ten, including featuring her powerful, socially-charged tracks like "What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes?" in some of my own socially-charged mixtapes. With the Dap-Kings behind her, the soul and funk that lived within her was allowed to be cast out. You can see it in the above picture; she just had a huge, booming voice.

It's crazy to think that she only got her first Grammy nomination in 2014, but that's just how the ball bounces sometimes. For the heads who knew, they knew her well. If you weren't aware, check out the documentary Miss Sharon Jones!, which hit theaters this past August.

If you're a Luke Cage fan and think her voice sounds familiar, you're right. Sharon and the Dap-Kings closed out the season 1 finale of Luke Cage, performing "100 Days, 100 Nights" (which is available on the Luke Cage soundtrack).

2016 has been terrible, literally taking some of the more talented individuals we've seen grace the earth. Put on something beautiful from Sharon this weekend, and in lieu of flowers, Sharon's family asks that you'd send donations to the following institutions: The Lustgarten Foundation, the James Brown Family Foundation, and Little Kids Rock. Rest in peace, Sharon.

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