Charlie Wilson, Chaka Khan, Robin Thicke, Bell Biv Devoe | Allstate Arena | Blues, Gospel, and R&B | Chicago Reader
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Charlie Wilson, Chaka Khan, Robin Thicke, Bell Biv Devoe 

When: Sat., Oct. 5, 7 p.m. 2013
Price: $49-$125
As one-third of the ultrafunky and frequently cowboy-hatted Gap Band, Charlie Wilson was responsible for some of soul music’s most sublime moments of the late 70s and early 80s, including the immortal jams “You Dropped a Bomb on Me” and “Humpin’.” Unlike most of his contemporaries, he embraced rather than battled the rap artists who would later use his classics as source material for hits of their own—the Gap Band’s 1980 single “Burn Rubber on Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me),” for instance, was sampled for Tone Loc’s “Funky Cold Medina” and N.W.A’s “Straight Outta Compton.” Wilson is not only a godfather to several generations of rappers; his graciousness and unbelievably well-preserved voice have also made him a frequent collaborator. His already phenomenal legacy was given an additional boost in 2010 with song-stealing guest appearances on Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Earlier this year he repeated the feat on Yeezus with a hook on the album-closing track “Bound 2” that’s among the most gravity-defying performances of 2013. —Miles Raymer Chaka Khan, Robin Thicke, and Bell Biv Devoe open.


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