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People Mover

by Black Bottom Collective

Black Bottom Collective's hip-hop soul sound mashes raw urban energy with the roots of rock. Their music is hip-hop. Spoken word. Soul. If you need a section of the record store to look for them, go to "Rap." But be prepared for much more.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Alternative Hip Hop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Invocation
3:27 $0.99
2. Stuck on Before
3:25 $0.99
3. Black Bottom Collective is...
0:50 $0.99
4. L-o-v-e
4:54 $0.99
5. Where Were You?
4:15 $0.99
6. Leave a Message
2:44 $0.99
7. Have You Any
4:08 $0.99
8. Interview w/ a Porn Star
3:34 $0.99
9. The Stars, Forsaken
0:18 $0.99
10. Dogon Desert
4:07 $0.99
11. Gnat Booty
3:23 $0.99
12. When You Sleep
4:01 $0.99
13. Vow
0:30 $0.99
14. Before Our Love Will Die
3:27 $0.99
15. Center of the Sun
5:16 $0.99
16. Sunset
1:05 $0.99
17. All Good Things
5:52 $0.99
18. Even God Had a DJ
0:57 $0.99
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Black Bottom Collective

Detroit band Black Bottom Collective boldly treads the musical arena in the spirit of artists who have bent the rules of music, only to create innovative avenues for fans to enjoy. Their sound mashes raw urban energy with the roots of rock. Their music is hip-hop. Spoken word. Soul. If you need a section of the record store to look for them, go to "Rap." But be prepared for much more.

Black Bottom Collective's live show is their signature. It's so ferocious, energetic and revivalist that it's been dubbed the "soul-stirrin' meetin'." Few fans ever settle for just one outing. They return for the band's lyrical content. No, for their gospel-tinged power harmonies. Maybe the angry guitars, or the DJ, or the rhythm section. Maybe they're so loyal because they've discovered a crew whose music helps them leave venues, or CDs players, feeling better than they did before arriving, or pressing play.

The eight-man band consists of emcee/poet/producer Khary Kimani Turner, also founder and leader; vocalists Tunesia "True" Turner and Karen "Kay Bosco" Bennett; Carl "DJ Invisible" Hollier, also DJ for rapper Xzibit; bassist Kamau Inaede, keyboardist/producer Mark "Swami" Harper; guitarist/producer Edward "Teduardo" Canaday and drummer Ivan "Groove" Prosper.

Christened in 1999, the name honors a Detroit neighborhood that thrived during the 1940s and 50s. As the band grew its membership - African-American, European American, Native American, male and female - began mirroring segments of the fabled enclave. This inclusiveness represents an unheralded part of Motown's history, the part that quietly boasts more than 140 cultures within city limits.

Black Bottom Collective's ethnicity influenced their sound as members contributed individual tastes to songs. Traces of The Roots, Bob Marley and Black Sabbath began to show up in their sets. No matter the makeup of the audience, or where the band played, crowds ate it up. Trails were blazed, and people followed. And not just in Detroit. After conducting a national search, Budweiser's True Music Live organization declared them one of America's best six unsigned bands in 2004. Their story and photo ran in Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair that same year.

Their growing fan base supported their debut album, 2002's Stay Low, Keep Movin', which won Detroit Music Awards for Outstanding Funk/Hip Hop/Urban Recording in 2003, and for Outstanding Funk/Hip-Hop Group in 2004 and 2005. Three award-winning years, from one album.

Black Bottom Collective insists that it's unnecessary to validate themselves by dropping the names of artists they've opened for or performed with. The truth is, however, their experiences span far and wide, and they've landed on stages with people worth mentioning. So...the names, anyway. Common. Mos Def. Talib Kweli. Angie Stone. Dwele. Stevie Wonder. Nnenna Freelon. Vinx. Jill Scott. KRS-One. Doug E. Fresh. Will Downing. Cee-Lo Green. Dianne Reeves. Joe Hunter of The Funk Brothers. Angelique Kidjo. Quincy Troupe.

Now for the next step, the release of a new album, People Mover. The project finds the band making life-altering music with groundbreaking arrangements to help usher listeners through life's isms. Eyes and ears to the street, the crew recognizes ordinary people who struggle with everything from alcoholism, to love, to life in the 'hood. The result is an album that speaks to all walks of life, streets to suites, hoods to havens. With People Mover, Black Bottom Collective triumphantly continues the trailblazing trend, and invites you to follow. Will you? Move, people. Move.

"Don't be shy about your creation. If it's dope, tell them it's dope. And then, give it to them."
- KRS-One to Khary Kimani Turner, Detroit, 2005




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Arthur Young

The evolution of BBC, continue, with People Mover, you tread were other dare.
Someone once said change is a constant, your growth in your music shows change and how far you are willing to go, to make change. You are doing what other fear, stay real My Raw Dog.

Lrd. Buckley

Wickedly raw, and smooth local hip-hop grooves... Bring it Black Bottom !!!

La NeoJacobin

Buy this CD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love this CD!!!!!! This is feel good, thought provoking, sincere, family, community music for the soul. You can feel good listening to this with your children and know that they and you are being nourished. I feel affirmed. Thank you BBC!


I'm soooo glad I bought BBC's People Mover!
Before buying this cd, I had already heard L.O.V.E, Interview With A Porn Star and Where Were You. Leave A Message, Have You Any, Gnat Booty, and Dogon Desert have become my favorites as well as the afore-mentioned. Can't tell you how many times I've listened to this cd! Y'all need to buy it!!!

smoov dj-t

Bought it the first time I heard it!
Gnat Booty & Leave a Message are the real shit. I can't wait to hear more from this local talent cache.


This is inspiring
I am impressed, and actually love both CDs. I especially like Have you Any, When you sleep, ofcourse Leave a Message is cool as well. The point is this combines Hip Hop, Soul, and Rock, and whoever said Hip Hop is evil and destroying the minds of youth, needs to listen to this inspirational music. Artist are capable of awakening minds while making fun music.


This is real Detroit Music! Hot Shit for the ears!
SO glad I found this band on myspace! This record is crazy. It has not left my CD player since I got it.

Shawn Lee

Xzibit's DJ does Motown Good.
I saw Xzibit once in LA and his DJ talked about his band. A year later I got the CD and its on fo life! Mad Respect to the BBC from the D...
Xzibit must be feeling the heat invisible? Ha, just playin X is the man too...