MARVIN GAYE: What’s Going On (Motown)
This inspired me to write the album The Architect which is about the demise of community. We live in a generation where people are apolitical and over‑sensitive so it was difficult to start a political conversation without alienating people.
This was the benchmark album for me because he does it in an inclusive and ambiguous way.
NINA SIMONE: Baltimore (Sony)
This conjures up memories of my youth. I was raised…
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