Issac Hayes (BBC speach: eye-sack hayes) and Bernie Mac have passed beyond our praise or condemnation. About Issac H, no kind words from me are needed, Issac was one of the giants. I miss him already.
That Theme from Shaft was great, everybody knows, but for me it was interesting in another way. That same year Superfly came out, soundtrack by Curtis Mayfield. No value comparison here, they're both great, 'nuff said. The interesting part was seeing, hearing the styles side by side. Shaft, more assertive and straightforward, very hot stuff; Superfly, very understated, big city, New York soul, pretty cool. We've been missing Curtis for a few years now. Both men will always be Blacksploitation legends, for better or for worse. They will also always be legends of Soul.
Bernie Mac was hard working and consistantly funny, and if he was ever arrested waving a gun in traffic I never heard about it. Miss you too, brother.