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Hey sorry I’ve been posting alot if tupac, But all eyez on me was amazing. Love his music, Movie’s,personally and overall vision. same goes with B.I.G, Eminem,Eazy E and more, I still love listening to these guys albums and it still means alot to me.

R.I.P Tupac Shakur June 16 1971- September 13 1996

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On this day in music history: August 14, 1971 - “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” by Marvin Gaye hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also peaking at #4 on the Hot 100 on August 21, 1971. Written and produced by Marvin Gaye, it is the sixth chart topping single for the Motown icon. After Motown Records finally relents and releases the single “What’s Going On” in January of 1971, after a nearly six month long stand off with Marvin Gaye over its commercial potential, the song is an immediate smash and Motown requests that Gaye record a full album quickly to accompany it. Keeping in with the socially conscious theme of the other songs, one of Gaye’s other concerns is the state of the environment. Along with the anti-war effort of the era, many people are dismayed how the large manufacturing and oil industries have been allowed to pollute the air and water largely unabated, and the need for it to change immediately. Marvin has all of this in mind as he writes what becomes “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)”, written as plea to clean up the environment before it’s too late. The basic track for “Mercy Mercy Me” is recorded at Motown’s Studio A in Detroit in March of 1971, with Gaye on piano and mellotron, Chet Forest (drums), Bob Babbitt (bass), Robert White, Joe Messina (guitars), Jack Ashford (percussion), Johnny Griffith (celeste), Eddie “Bongo” Brown (congas), Eli Fountain (alto saxophone), and The Andantes (background vocals). David Van DePitte writes the string arrangement, with Gordon Staples conducting members of the Detroit Symphony, overdubbing the strings at another session held at Motown Studio B (Golden World) the same month. Released as the the second single from “What’s Going On” on June 10, 1971 with the non LP B-side “Sad Tomorrows” (recorded August, November 1969, September and November 1970), “Mercy Mercy Me” quickly follows its predecessor up the R&B and pop singles charts. The song becomes one of Marvin Gaye’s most popular and highly regarded works, being covered numerous times by artists including jazz saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr., Robert Palmer, and Boyz II Men.

The Occupation of Alcatraz - Celebrate People’s History

From November 1969 to June 1971 a collection of American Indian students and urban Indians, calling themselves Indians of All Tribes,occupied Alcatraz Island off the coast of San Francisco as a call to resistance against U.S. domination of Native peoples and land. The coalition publicized the occupation through a widely distributed newsletter and a radio show broadcast in multiple cities. This action sparked years of Native resistance, including the 1972 takeover of the Bureau of Indian Affairs headquarters in Washington D.C. and the re-occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973.