Morning Coffee

What goes well with Drakkar and your young attempts to be all GQ Smooth? Why the Isley Brothers, of course. Back in the early 90s the effort to show a slow-jam game that was sicker than the average depended on digging through your parents crates. New Edition, After 7 and Keith Sweat wasn't quite enough. You had to go deeper.


Back in the Jurassic Age when I was pursuing Kenyatta, I took her on a long drive out into the country and threw on the Otis Redding. By then everyone was up on the Isleys. You had to take it back to Stax--the blackest of all Morning Coffee.


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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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