Black artists have made astounding contributions to music, including creating some of the most popular genres of music we listen to today. From the earliest remnants of the Blues to the Futuresoul sounds of tomorrow, we’ve got the full spectrum of Black music on Merchbar. And we’re proud to celebrate these contributions with our exclusive vinyl collection for Black History Month. Purchases within this collection not only get to enjoy free shipping but Merchbar will also donate a portion of each sale to /dev/color, a non-profit organization dedicated to maximizing the success of Black software engineers. Be sure to add these classics to your own vinyl collection today!
Jelly Roll Morton Stomps & Joys
Jelly Roll Morton is widely recognized as one of the pioneers of Jazz. Though he got his start in the Vaudeville/Ragtime circuit, his ironically titled “Jelly Roll Blues” (1915) was the first published Jazz composition. This record contains songs originally recorded between 1928 and 1930.
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong Porgy & Bess
This collaboration between these two Jazz greats was recorded to coincide with the 1959 film release of the critically-acclaimed opera, Porgy & Bess (think of it as an early version of a soundtrack). This album received the GRAMMY Hall of Fame award in 2001.
Aretha Franklin Lady Soul
Aretha Franklin is revered as the Queen of Soul though she began her career singing gospel in her father’s church. She branched out to sing “worldly” music at age 18 in 1960, and by the end of the decade she had firmly seated herself on her throne. Other notable achievements include her 100+ charting singles, being the first female inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and 18 GRAMMY awards.
Earth Wind & Fire I Am
This iconic band has been making music for over 40 years. While rooted in Funk and Soul, throughout the years Earth Wind & Fire has been able to transcend those genres and see success in Disco, R&B, jazz, and Pop.
Public Enemy It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
This sophomore album from Public Enemy released in 1987 immediately became a hip-hop classic. The groundbreaking anthems “Bring the Noise,” “Don’t Believe the Hype” and “Fight the Power,” were as deep and revolutionary as hip hop got at the time and as influential as anything that ever came out of the genre.
Jay Z The Blueprint
While Jay Z had been well into his hit-making career by the time The Blueprint was released, it was this album that cemented him in fame. It was released to instant critical acclaim and not only ushered in a new era of rappers but producers as well. Most notably Kanye West (who would later become an influential rapper in his own right) and Just Blaze, both producing the bulk of the songs on The Blueprint.
FKA Twigs M3LL155X
One of the newest darlings on the music scene, FKA Twigs is burgeoning her way to pop stardom by blending classic R&B melodies over more modern Drum ‘n’ Bass inspired production. The result is a futuristic, experimental soundscape in an electronic-punk wonderland.
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