House music’s Black roots highlighted in The Daily Show segment: Watch
The Daily Show paid tribute to house music and its pioneers in its CP Time segment last week. Watch the clip below
In the midst of the release of house-heavy new albums by megastars Beyoncé and Drake, The Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood, Jr. took the opportunity to highlight the Black and LGBTQ+ origins of the genre, formed in the wake of the racist and homophobic 1979 ‘Disco Demolition’ at Chicago White Sox’s Comiskey Park. Wood nods to originators Frankie Knuckles, Larry Levan, Ron Hardy and Martha Wash, who joins Wood later in the six-minute segment over video call.
Beyoncé’s latest club-focused album ‘Renaissance’ features dance names like Honey Dijon, Nile Rodgers, Green Velvet, Skrillex, Kelman Duran, A. G. Cook, Luke Solomon and The Neptunes among its composers. She also tapped Honey Dijon, The Carry Nation’s Nita Aviance, and Chicago underground hero Terry Hunter for remixes of lead single ‘BREAK MY SOUL’. Drake’s recent ‘Honestly, Nevermind’ album includes production credits for Black Coffee, Gordo, Rampa and &ME.
Watch the ‘Larry’s Garage’ documentary from ADE 2020 to learn more about the house trailblazer and Frankie Knuckles’ friend and partner. Chicago artist Ron Trent also discussed his city’s house history in a recent interview with Ria Hylton — read that here.