Black Folk’s Cookout playlist – without some of these songs, you lose your black pass.

Dear White people.

Tomorrow is the 4th of July and mayhaps you have been invited to a cook-out or two. If you are really a special person of little melanin, you may have been invited to a “black friend’s” cookout if you’re lucky. Now before you start celebrating the fact that you are officially a “cool-ass white person” that black people love, you need to know just how Black this friend of yours is.

I’m going to give a litmus test in which to gauge the level of their blackness.

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If you go to a “Black friend’s” cookout, and they don’t play at least 10-15 of the songs on this playlist, your friend is not really all that black.  They probably make fried chicken with cornflakes rather than flour….or they don’t eat fried chicken at all. Yeah.. one of THOSE types.

These friends had better play at least one Earth Wind and Fire, Frankie Beverly and Maze,Stevie Wonder,  Gap Band or any other song that somehow and someway has Charlie Wilson in it or early Michael Jackson. And if every time one of these songs come on they don’t stop in mid conversation and say: “Ohhhhhh this is my sonnnng” or ” Ohhh shit” those Blacks folks aren’t Black. They might be African American…but they aren’t black.

ol faking ass fake negroes.


Hell if you want to impress the shyt out of some Black friends who are coming to your cookout, play one of these songs…. matter of fact play THIS song…

You play that song and YOU will be welcomed into the pantheon of Blackness.


Not only does every single Black person ever born or ever will be born love this song…. we all know how to play it on the Bass. even if we have never touched a Bass even if we can’t play any other song on any instrument. Bytch we know how to play this one.  Put a Bass in your Black friend’s hand and see if they don’t just bust out with: Doon-doon-doon-doooooondoon-doon. 5 black folks read that right there and started dancing in their seat, bytch. I’m not even lying….

I don’t care if you are broke or the President of the Secret Society of Bourgeois negroes…. you KNOW the song: Before I let go.

Jussaying… that song is the shyt.

Have a great 4th of July, hookers!

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  1. Les says

    Take out That’s The Way Love Goes and add Summertime (for the Philly People)… you got a list!

    • JustSlaus says

      No because the brothers have to talk about how they would have konged Janet since Different Stroke to today

    • Yaya says

      Was in Philly 3 weeks a go and summertime came on as I ate a hoagie and my drink from WaWa and I felt like I had seen Haley’s comet. It was perfect.

      • Sunnii Dae says

        Wawa HoagieFest in full effect!! Now, all I need is a TastyKake and a Tahitian Treat.

        • notconvincedgranny says

          No you didn’t say Tahitian Treat! That and a red Nehi and it’s a party! I had to explain to the kids that Nehi had Grape, Orange, and Red. They remained unable to wrap their heads around Red as a flavor – ’til I took them home to Arkansas and introduced my urban babies to shade trees that aren’t in a park, real heat in the middle of a storm, followed by sitting on the porch with a Red Nehi in a GLASS bottle. Almost couldn’t bring them back to California.

        • rmc_futurephd says

          I will never forget the first time I moved out of PA. I was getting my Masters at Michigan State and I remember packing my suitcase with Butterscotch Kramer because I knew I wouldn’t be able to get them in the mid west. TastyKake is a little piece of home.

  2. Ariel says

    I am totally going to listen to every song on this list now simply because I have them. Thanks for helping me to hinder my productivity a little longer. ‘ppreciate ya!

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      • says

        And if somebody’s aunt and/or uncle doesn’t start doing this to one of the songs mentioned…you ain’t at a black cookout!


  3. Lately25 says

    Dear Melanin Challenged Friend,

    If you play ‘Before I Let Go’ AND start off the line dance to go with it… We may just hand you a gray card, not a full black one… But a gray one, which says ‘Dammit his skin is holding him back, but close enough!’

  4. Rhonda Napier-Phillips says

    You will here these at a cook out my children give. They’re 33, 28 and 23. My babies be jammin! Yes!

  5. Birma DoctorWife Gainor says

    *comes out of lurk* No lie, I created a DISQUS account just because I cannot believe Atomic Dog is not on this list. *cries*

  6. DanceMagicDance says

    Um…forgetting Marvin are we? I know this gets played at my gathering even if

    mayonnaise americans are invited. Sexual Healing/Let’s Get it On.

  7. The Lurkasaurus Rex says

    The Cook-Out Pull List

    Earth, Wind, and Fire and Ramsey Lewis – Sun Goddess

    Kool & The Gang – Summer Madness

    Parliament – Mothership Connection

    George Duke – Reach For It

    Frankie Beverly and Maze – Joy and Pain

    Brothers Johnson – Strawberry Letter 23

    Willie Hutch – I Choose You

    Anthony Hamilton – Comin’ From Where I’m From

    Al Green – Love And Happiness

    Gary Clark Jr. – Bright Lights

    Miles Davis – All Blues

    Snarky Puppy and Lalah Hathaway – Something

    Prince – Housequake

    Average White Band – Love Your Life

    Faze-O – Riding High

    De La Soul – Me, Myself, and I

    John Coltrane – Cousin Mary

    Isley Brothers – Living For The Love of You

    Muddy Waters – Hoochie Coochie Man

    Ohio Players – Skintight

    ZZ Top – Jesus Just Left Chicago

    Repeat once. 3-4 solid hours of genuine backyard cookout music.

    Now raise a rib and tip out a beer for ya boy in Korea!

  8. notconvincedgranny says

    After the first herd feeding, you have to play the long playing negro version of Marvin’s Got to Give it Up. After the second feeding and everyone is well fed, rested, and frankly toasted, it’s time for fireworks and Maze Golden Time of Day.

  9. Hautie says

    This one always makes me think of Summertime…. and drinking cocktails with the girls in the shade.. while the men BBQ….

  10. Sunnii Dae says

    And don’t forget the obligatory lecture from Uncle Floyd/Harold/Earl/Leroy.. etc..

  11. Sunnii Dae says

    Whoa. Wait. Hold up? No “Brick House”? Even white folks will side-eye you if you don’t play play “Brick House”.