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Sapphire is an album of unusual passion, even by Teena Marie’s standards. Released late in her career, it can be seen as an artistically successful attempt to blend contemporary hip-hop with her trademark brand of steamy soul. Marie proves her sure grasp of hypnotic grooves and sensual lyricism on smoldering jams like “Ooh Wee,” “Somebody Just Like You” and “Ecstasy”. On “Make it Hot” and “Ladies Choice”, she recalls the teasing funk that made her ‘80s hits like “Square Biz” so influential. Smokey Robinson’s duet vocals on “God Has Created” and “Cruise Control” add to the album’s lushly romantic mood. The most devastating track here is “You Blow Me Away”, an incandescent tribute to Teena’s mentor Rick James, who passed away in 2004. Marie pours out her sense of loss and longing on this tune, ending with a confession of pure love. Nearly as affecting is “Resilient (Sapphire)”, a poetic meditation on mortality sung with daughter Alia Rose. Sapphire is one of the neglected gems in Marie’s catalog, mature in conception but filled with youthful fire.

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Born: 05 March 1956 in Santa Monica, CA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

No white artist sang R&B more convincingly than Teena Marie, whose big, robust vocals were so black-sounding that when she was starting out, some listeners wondered if she was a light-skinned African-American. Marie grew up in west Los Angeles in a neighborhood that was nicknamed "Venice Harlem" because of its heavy black population. The singer/songwriter/producer was in her early twenties when, around 1977, she landed a job at Motown Records. It was at Motown that she met her mentor and paramour-to-be,...
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