It’s true that in life — we have to learn about where we come from, in order to understand where we are going. So although in High School we may have been bored out of our minds during History class (maybe head bopping and drooling, at times) — but referring back to the beginning context — the more years we are blessed to live on earth, the more we understand and appreciate the importance that History actually plays in our lives.
In the 1960’s, a small record company called Motown Record Corporation was started by a song-writer who went by the name of Berry Gordy Jr. Berry Gordy’s main mission was to play an important role in the racial integration of popular music. And at the time, being an African American who owned a record label was by far — a pipe dream. By contradiction, Berry Gordy eventually achieved significant crossover success going on to sign the biggest influences and legendary musicians in all of music history: Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Gladys Knight, The Four Tops, Diana Ross (to name a few) — making the name “Berry Gordy” forever respected. He has since set a blueprint for record labels and has become the lead pioneer for big exec.’s we are well aware of today such as : Dr. Dre, Eminem, Jay-Z, Sean Diddy Combs and the likes.
During the live broadcast at Nice Kicks for Sway’s SXSW Takeover — some of Mo-Town sounds more current pioneers sat down with the Sway In The Morning crew.
Acts like BJ The Chicago Kid, James Davis (not one person, rather 3 siblings) and Kevin Ross spoke on their current projects under the Mo-Town influence and talked about what their plan of action is for the success of their future in this harsh generation of lack of soul.
Get to know them in a background interview, and as a forewarning — you’re going to want to watch the interview till the end, as Sway puts Kevin Ross’s voice up on the mic and BJ The Chicago Kid preaches on his views within the industry: