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A Brief History of White Boy Soul

Mayer Hawthorne is a terrible, terrible rapper. Should you decide to hear "Haircut" drop a quick 16, be forewarned. But the man has pipes. The sharp-suited crooner showed a deep, well vetted knowledge of African-American music--most principally Stax and Motown soul--on last year's How Do You Do (Universal Republic), walking a tight rope with sincerity and consistent pastiche.

Hawthorne pulls it off, and in celebration of this feat, we've outlined an abridged history of white boy funk and soul.

Mayer Hawthorne is scheduled to perform Friday, July 6, at Comerica Theatre.

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