Soul Train Awards 2023: Musical Legacy: 5 Classic Records Inspired by the Iconic The Isley Brothers

Explore the enduring influence of these iconic musicians.

Throughout music history, the Isley Brothers, led by the charismatic and soulful voice of Ronald Isley, have served as a source of inspiration for artists across the industry thanks to their iconic blend of R&B, soul, and funk. From hip-hop to rock, countless artists have been drawn to their timeless melodies and pulled from their discography to create new hits.

This year, the legendary group is up for the “Certified Soul Awards” at the upcoming “Soul Train Awards” 2023. They’re up against Anthony Hamilton, Ciara, Ashanti, Eric Bellinger, Monica, OJ Morton, T-Pain, and Usher for the prestigious honor. Before then, we’re reflecting on the group’s legacy and the songs they’ve inspired with the records below.

As you delve into this harmonious fusion of past and present, don't forget to mark your calendar for the biggest celebration in R&B and soul music airing on Sunday, November 26.

  • Jim Jones — “Summer With Miami” feat. Trey Songz

    Sampled:  “Between the Sheets”

    Jim Jones and Trey Songz bring a taste of summer with their track “Summer Wit' Miami,” which samples The Isley Brothers’ “Between the Sheets.” The result is a smooth, laid-back jam perfect for warm-weather vibes.

  • Aaliyah - “At Your Best (You Are Love)”

    Sampled:  “At Your Best You Are Love

    Aaliyah beautifully reinterprets The Isley Brothers' hit, infusing her own style into this soulful ballad. Her cover of the classic is even more popular with fans. 


  • Ice Cube - “It Was a Good Day"

    Sampled: “Footsteps in the Dark”

    The mellow vibes of "Footsteps in the Dark" create the backdrop for Ice Cube's nostalgic West Coast hit.

  • The Notorious B.I.G. - “Big Poppa”

    Sampled: “Between the Sheets”

    The smooth melody of "Between the Sheets" provides the backbone for Biggie's classic hip-hop track.

  • Da Brat - “Funkdafied”

    Sampled: “Between the Sheets”

    Da Brat sampled the song "Between the Sheets" by The Isley Brothers for her debut single, “Funkdafied,” blending old-school R&B and hip-hop.

    “Soul Train Awards” 2023 premieres Sunday, November 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET and BET Her.

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