The music world lost one of its most talented females yesterday- this woman did it all. For people that may not have any idea who I'm talking about, I thought I'd help you out and give you a little intro to Ms. Teena Marie (aka Lady Tee).
She played instruments (rhythm guitar, keys, and congas), wrote her own songs, sung them and was a protege of Rick James.
She was the first white person to be signed to Motown in 1979.
She's responsible for today's artists enjoying the rights that they have. The Brockert (her surname) Initiative prohibits record companies from holding unreleased creative materials and barring the artist from taking them to another company.
One of my favorite dance jams from the 80s. I would definitely say this belongs at the top of the list and that this is probably her most well known song. "I just want to be your Lovergirllll....I just wanna rock your world...." Lovergirl is a fun, flirtatious track that gets people dancing.
This song has been redone and redone but, most famously by The Fugees with their Fu-gee-la track. This was Marie's most successful song, topping the R&B charts at #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks. It's a soulful head bopper that gets you with a catchy hook.
This song may have been the intro to the hip-hop/R&B combo that became popular in the 90s and can still be found today From its smooth lyrics and keys in the background with a simple drum beat that I'd be willing to bet was produced using an 808, this song was Marie's dedication to Marvin Gaye.
Off the Congo Square album, if you're going to go out and buy a Teena Marie album, buy this one, Marie sang this song with her daughter. I love it for it's funky smooth soul sound that reminds me of Jill Scott. Milk N' Honey was the name of the album that John Lennon was working on when he was murdered.
This Al Green-sampled (I'm Still in Love With You) track was responsible for giving Marie a Grammy nomination in 2005 for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. It was a great comeback for Marie who had fallen off the charts in previous years. She had signed to Cash Money Records by this time and with this track proves she can still turn out a streetwise R&B hit.