Hubby Jenkins of Carolina Chocolate Drops plays Guest DJ on The Morning Mix with Cindy Howes.
Generally identified as an old-time American roots band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops pride themselves on aligning their musical style to what was played before music began to separate itself into genres. “Before record industries came along and developed race records that said, “black people play this, black people play that” it was just this one music...American music,” says Hubby as he explains the group performs songs dating back to before World War II.
Since each member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops are historians in their own sense, Jenkins took an historical approach to playing guest DJ. The first song we hear is from Talking Heads live concert Stop Making Sense with “Found A Job.” The first old-fashioned kind of music Hubby became interested in as a kid was country-blues, like Bob Dylan, so when Jenkins’ friend showed him Stop Making Sense, Talking Heads quickly became Hubby’s favorite band.
We immediately transition into “Billy Jack,” a song by Curtis Mayfield from the 1975 album There’s No Place Like America. “I really appreciate Curtis Mayfield for leaving the impressions, focusing on social issues and feeling the responsibility that a lot of artists feel to talk about what’s going on in the day and talk about the struggles that people are dealing with,” says Hubby also noting that in 1975, when the record was released, the world looked a lot like it does now for African Americans.
The final song that Hubby Jenkins plays for us is by A Tribe Called Quest with the classic “Can I Kick It” from People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm. A Tribe Called Quest was one of the most influential hip-hop groups in Hubby’s life growing up. He traces hip-hop roots to Jamaican dancehall music in the 1970’s when artists would rap over their favorite tracks to get people to dance more.
Carolina Chocolate Drops most recent record Leaving Eden is available now.