Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums – 499: Rufus, Chaka Khan – Ask Rufus

This was my first time ever listening to Rufus. I had heard some songs from Chaka Khan but I have never intentionally sought out her music. This album has some great funk vibes, and stellar vocals from Khan. The opening song “At Midnight (My Love Will Lift You Up)” has a great vibe, and I could see myself enjoying this in a summer playlist.

Track 6, “Hollywood”, sings about someone trying to chase their dreams for stardom and the challenges they find. I find it interesting how often people write reflections on stardom and fame. We are a culture that is obsessed with celebrity. From the outside we seem to think that celebrity is a great thing. But over and over we see that celebrity may make you wealthy, but there is a great cost. “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world and yet forfeit his soul?”

Overall, I enjoyed this album. I’m not a funk-aficionado, so I can’t speak to the quality of the music or if it was influential in he funk scene. Chaka Khan went on to a successful solo career though, and that’s about all I know. If you have more to say about Chaka Khan and Rufus, please feel free to leave a comment.

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Published by jasondeuman

My Name is Jason, I live in Lynnwood, I'm married to Kathy we have son named Judah and a daughter name Jocelyn. Life is good.

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