This May Be My Last Time Singing-Raw African American Gospel
This would be the case with the sublime collection This May Be My Last Time Singing. This is a three CD collection of hard core indie Black gospel 45's from 1957-1982. Some of the singers are well known, most aren't. But this collection from top to bottom boasts an authenticity and soul that is really hard to find in popular music or for that matter even modern gospel these days. And although the collection is made up of people who generally first and foremost considered themselves gospel musicians there are very obvious links to blues, soul, country, and even a little rock-n-roll. Ironically one preacher inveighs against the evils of rock-n-roll while singing over a riff that would not have been out of place on a Funkadelic album. Blues and gospel are just different facets of the same thing. This collection is gospel but you can always hear hints or occasionally outright nods to whatever the popular music of the day might have been. Just like with today's rappers some of the singers here spent time in prison and used those experiences to emote.
The Devil's Trying to Steal my Joy Peace In the Valley You Better Mind
Cloud Hanging Low (Part 1 and 2) Baptized Life is a Battle
If I could hear my mother pray again
2 Black 2 Strong MMG, Doin' Hard Time on Planet Earth
Compared to much of today's rap this album is sonically stripped down. There's not a lot of fat. The album makes judicious use of samples from classic soul and funk, most famously Bob's and Earl's Harlem Shuffle, which I am including here simply because it is an awesome song. The vocals on Doin' Hard Time on Planet Earth are loud and in your face but the album itself is not recorded so loud that it's unlistenable.
The lyrics are
Across the 110 Up in the Mountains Iceman Cometh Only The Strong Survive
Ghetto Blaster War on Drugs Burn Baby Burn (with Chuck D) 2 black 2 strong (with Jamillah Shabazz)