#MusicSermon is a storytelling series and content platform celebrating legacy soul, R&B and hip hop, created and curated by Naima Cochrane. The “ministry” grew from Naima’s viral weekly Twitter threads highlighting under-acknowledged and under-appreciated artists, moments and sub-genres primarily from the ’90s and earlier. Followers bonded over shared nostalgia and appreciation for lesser told stories that connect the dots between current music and culture and the foundations of the past.



  • Y’all Ready to Argue? It’s Bracket Time!

    Y’all Ready to Argue? It’s Bracket Time!

    Long time #MusicSermon congregants know we do our own version of #MarchMadness over here – with music brackets, of course! Since we’re running back content from the last five years of #MusicSermon, we’re revisiting the very first #MusicSermonMadness bracket – the 90s R&B Tourney. In fairness, I messed up the seeding the first time, so… Read more

  • The Undersung Women of ’80s and ’90s  R&B PT I

    The Undersung Women of ’80s and ’90s R&B PT I

    In 1990, singer Phyllis Hyman complained to Donnie Simpson during a BET Video Soul interview about record labels shifting their focus from talent to artist “packaging,” using production to supplement raw talent. “They’re picking up kids off the street, pretty much, and producers are producing these albums. These kids have literally no talent. But they look right. I’m telling… Read more

  • Millie Jackson: The Original Bad Girl

    Millie Jackson: The Original Bad Girl

    You know that auntie who you were nervous to bring your young male friends around back in the day because she might proposition them in the kitchen when nobody was looking? Or the auntie liable to cuss out a family member or two after dinner for something that happened 12 years ago? The one that… Read more

  • #SaveCanWeTalk


    I put out an emergency call to choose a new feel good, throwback r&b anthem for 2023…and y’all answered! THE MISSION First it was “Candy Rain,” then “Poison,” and “If It Isn’t Love” and “Weak” both narrowly escaped severe injury. Now, “Can We Talk” has been worn out like a cozy but delicate vintage sweaterContinue… Read more

  • Merry, Bright & All That

    Merry, Bright & All That

    Twas the holiday season and the #MusicSermon fam is making it merry with a soundtrack of jams. Read more

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