Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Cut: "Is It Because I'm Black?" (Syl Johnson)
With the whole Barney's racial profiling scandal entering into mainstream media's attention since it was first reported late last week, I thought it would be appropriate to revisit this classic cut from Syl Johnson.
Back in 1970, Syl Johnson released his sophomore album Is it Because I'm Black? and the title track would go onto because one of his biggest hits to date. Peaking at #11 on the Best Selling Soul Singles,
Johnson wrote the title track in response to the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and it still resonates loud and clear today. With that said, Syl Johnson's legacy still lives on through this powerful cut and you can take a listen to "Is it Because I'm Black?" below!