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Rare Essence

One of the classic Washington, D.C. go-go acts, Rare Essence carried the torch from the boisterous style's early-'80s heyday well into the next three decades. Founded in 1976, the band began as the Young Dynamos. After a change of name and a lineup expansion, Rare Essence made their recorded debut in 1981 with "Body Moves," co-produced by scene godfather Chuck Brown. The single had a brief stay on Billboard's Soul Singles chart, and the band quickly emerged alongside Trouble Funk, E.U., and other popular go-go bands. Despite countless membership changes, including the 1994 murder of founding member Quentin "Footz" Davidson, Rare Essence continued to record and tour regularly well into the late 2010s, as documented through dozens of studio and live releases issued on their Rare One label. Led by lone original member Andre Johnson, the band entered its fifth decade of existence with Turn It Up!, released in 2016. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Greatest Hits Vol. 1

1. Body Moves

2. Back Up Against The Wall

3. Shoo-Be-Do-Wop

4. Umm Umm Good

5. Do You Know What Time It Is?

6. Work The Walls

7. Lock It

8. Do The Mickey

9. One On One

10. Holy Ghost

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Track List: Turn It Up

1. VIP

2. Turn It Up (Feat. DJ Kool)

3. Tryna Go (Feat. Raheem DeVaughn & Dee Boy)

4. Hold Me Down (Feat. Ms. Kim)

5. How Sexy Can You Get (Feat. Jas. Funk)

6. It's On Tonight

7. How I Wish You Could Love Me (Feat. Kacey Williams)

8. You're The Only One (Feat. Art Sherrod)

9. Think You Betta

10. Fly Shyt (Cal's Freestyle)

11. She Can't Help It (Feat. Michael Muse & Art Sherrod)

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This is the sound of my town, I can't explain to you what Go-Go music means to me and my City of DC and the whole DMV. I been partying with RE since I was a youngin and now I am a old head still in the saddle with the WICKEDEST BAND ALIVE! N.W. still be the best UPTOWN ALL DAY!!
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That s**t is hard
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DC is my life , Go Go 4 life
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L.m.c for life
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Re for life
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Dc for ko life
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RSVP.yes .�����������
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I remember as a youngin growing up in Condon Terrace going up the hill with my homies to listen to R.E. practice in James Funk mother's basement. R.E. the INNER CITY GROVER'S!!!! ! ! !
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Go Go is the inauguration into the DC culture
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Where is JY?
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Rare Essence and all the other Go-Go bands at the Coliseum, Maverick Room. Just to name a few places..the wickets band...my all time favorite.
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sheniqueever e t t
We used to party at Anacostia all night with Chuck! I was 12. I couldn't imagine letting a 12 year old to a go-go now but it was so different then. 30 years later, still love that old school go-go!
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Back in the 80 me and my baby Rico.����
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All the way from the north side ( LINCOLN HEIGHTS )
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Welcome to DC!
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gorgeousgal7 9
I miss Georgia Ave. Day, Legends and everything the Diamond District had in store for us!!! Proud Diamond right here!!! Where is Junkyard though?!?
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missleoniast a f 3
I love when they used to have battle of the band of HD Woodson We will ride our bikes From Maryland and get our a** kicked when we got home But it was well worth it We were laughing 13 and 15
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ukalus0525
Where is junkyard
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Went to Ballou High School with these dudes. Footz, DC, Godfather, Bennie....Be n n i e was a straight honor student...Hi g h l a n d was RE's stompin ground what y'all youngins know about that..
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Capital R.A.R.E. SSENCE ill never forget when Funk and Benny got into a fight on stage. miss them days uptown town, park road, 212, black hole the metro club we did em all
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I grew up with deez dudes. Went to school Dave mike lil Benny big bad b��
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ceturner_200 2 0
Essence is the reason I started loving GoGo. 1980 at Hart jr High. Funkiest band back then. Then Reds and the boys, Chance band, Class Ayre Rayde and The Mighty Groovers. What y'all know bout that.
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Love rare essence
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Dirty bert i all night from wahler wahler
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Old school love still get me groove wit on pandora along chuck baby god rest his soul but that was the man along wit all the go go from dc nothing like being there n feeln the groove. Still luv it always n forever
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Rare EssenceBody Movers
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5674mitch
Essence is my Band. Meech$
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Along with NEG, Mambo Sauce, RE is my joint. Listening since the 70s
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Legends in the Go-Go culture....w h o doesn't love a good crank session !! The rest of the world will never understand our loyalty to the life
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From flo....rida. . . 2 , home we run s**t......b ..leave dat.wourld wide.....Ruf f .
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When cus them come to nc we know it on go go time.love it.
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doodydoobo
I can go to parties out of town and have fun. But I can't get to my highest level if it's no go-go played.
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mrmichaelart h u r
Essence forever
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acleaver75
I dated a guy from DC & although we didn't last, my love for the music he introduced me to will last forever!
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When I was coming up, I would have loved to be principle horn with essence
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Essence still budgeting
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resigman7
RE's Music never gets old. When you hear it you can't help but move.
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I love my rare essence representing the se side of dc. Music you can hear and sounds off the hook. Boom boom
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The jam that always got everybody on th dance floor.
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14TH & PERRY PLACE CREW, LAMONT & GEORGIA AVENUE CREW, FORT TOTTEN AND THE WHOLE UPTOWN CREW YES SIRRR...
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R.E to get the party started. RIP CHUCK AND BENNY★
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lytell916
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Chuck Brown RSVP
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Rare essence the moonlight Inn
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This joint cranks I was there the night they recorded this metro club
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Wickedest Band alive!! 14th Perry Place, Lamont&Georg i a Ave. Fort Totten and the whole Uptown Crew standing tall..
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buck7367
Who remember go go live at the capital centre rare essence stole the show
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Body Moves was the first album I bought!!!!
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DmV!! 4 life..rep dat go go music
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kemamathis
CHUCJK BROWN FAN TIL THE DAY I DAY!!! REP FOR 14TH & EUCLID.
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