Friday, February 26, 2010

Blaxploitation Week: Superfly - The Music


Aside from violence and sex, blaxploitation entertained their audiences with something else: music. The soundtracks from these movies were huge and made the artists big stars, and big stars like Marvin Gaye weren't too famous to contribute their voices to movies. People who've never seen Shaft (RIP Isaac Hayes) know the theme song and all its parodies. I've known the soundtrack for Superfly (1972) long and, I'm ashamed to say it, I still haven't seen the movie. Some of Curtis Mayfield's most famous and most incendiary songs are from this album. The most iconic, after the jump.



The person that posted this video says this is from about 1973:


A live performance of Superfly:



And the softer side of Curtis:




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