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Roger - The Many Facets Of Roger (LP)


One of the great names of 1980s electro-funk is Hamilton, Ohio's own Roger Troutman. In addition to scoring numerous funk and R&B hits throughout the decade, Troutman was a pioneer of the use of a talk box to layer effects over his vocals, and a highly influential figure to the world of West Coast Gangsta Rap, famously providing the vocal hook for 2Pac and Dr. Dre's hit single "California Love". He arrived on the music scene as an auxiliary member of Parliament-Funkadelic, featuring on the group's final album for Warner Brothers, before immediately splintering off to form a new, subsidiary group, featuring a lineup including his brothers Larry, Lester, and Terry Troutman, a Bootsy Collins-produced hit, and the George Clinton-dubbed band name Zapp. The group's self-titled debut album was released in 1980, and charted at #20 on the Billboard 200 charts. Roger would not sit idly by after Zapp's debut. A year later Troutman would cut his first solo album, titled The Many Facets Of Roger. (Troutman would credit his solo works to the mononym of his first name.) The album rendered Billboard hits out of the single "So Ruff, So Tuff", and a synth-funk version of Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through The Grapevine", and featured contributions from various members of Zapp. Though the album was largely forgotten over the years, it remains an unheralded gem of the time period, noteworthy for its quirky and eccentric arrangements, and its far-reaching influence on hip-hop producers like Dr. Dre, J Dilla, and DJ Quik. ARTIST: Roger

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