DJ 3000, born Franki Juncaj, but given his famous alias by the legendary “Mad” Mike Banks of Underground Resistance, has always been closely connected to the music of Detroit. He has shown that over a rich career that has served up plenty of full-lengths and essential 12″s mostly on his own Motech. He has long since been a core part of the underground and has helped to define the modern techno sound with his music. Marking a decade of musical passion and artistic evolution with ‘Mezë’, his fifth full-length on Motech, which draws on his rich Albanian heritage, DMCWorld goes back to mine with DJ 3000.
Marvin Gaye – I Want You (Album)
Growing up in Detroit, Motown had a huge influence on me. This album is uplifting and soothing, I can listen to it every day.
I Want You
The Dramatics – Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get (Album)
Known for their hit “In The Rain” but the entire album is fire!
Curtis Mayfield – Super Fly (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Everyone knows the movie and song but every song on this soundtrack is super funky.
curtis mayfield - Little Child Runnin' Wild - Superfly
The Temptations – Papa Was A Rolling Stone
I still have this in my DJ Bag! I know this is a big hit for them and there are many to choose from their catalog but for me this is as funky as it gets!
The Temptations - Papa Was A Rolling Stone (Single Version)
Whodini – Escape (Album)
I used to breakdance to this entire album when I was a kid. All the songs on this album made a huge impression on me and it’s still one of my favorite albums to listen to.
Playlist: Whodini:Escape (full album)
Maxwell – Urban Hang Suite (Album)
When Maxwell dropped his debut ‘Urban Hang Suite’ back in 1996 it was an instant classic in the neo-soul genre. The musicians on this album are incredible. Staurt Matthewman, known for working with Sade, played a huge role in the overall feel to this album; combined with Maxwell’s voice, it’s a timeless classic.
Maxwell - Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite (1996) Full Album
Dwele – Rize (Album)
Back in the early 2000’s, when Dwele self released this around Detroit on cassette / CD, I was lucky enough to get a copy from a friend of mine. This project showcases his smooth R&B style, and ‘Rize’ showcases the talent he had as a singer, songwriter, and producer which eventually got him signed.
Playlist: dwele - Rize
D’Angelo – Voodoo (Album)
This album encompasses elements of funk, blues, hip hop, jazz and soul. It’s vintage yet futuristic soul vibe mesmerizes me every time I listen to it.
Playlist: D'Angelo Voodoo Full Album
J Dilla – Welcome 2 Detroit (Album)
This album holds a special place in my heart. I was a buyer at Record Time in Detroit when this masterpiece was released back in 2001 and I vividly recall the moment I placed the order. This album is nothing short of amazing and served as the catalyst that propelled James to a much broader audience. It’s an absolute gem.
Playlist: JAY DEE aka J DILLA - WELCOME 2 DETROIT (2001)
Sault – Wild Fires
I’m not certain how I stumbled upon this, but upon my initial listen, it struck me as a classic R&B track. I’m enamored by the hypnotic musical ambiance, especially when combined with Cleo Sol’s captivating vocals.