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a staff songwriter with the legendary stax label, isaac hayes, with partner david porter, composed material for many of the company's artists, including sam and dave, carla thomas and johnnie taylor. frustrated with this backroom role, he began recording in his own right, and with hot buttered soul, redefined the notion of soul music. although the tracks were lengthy, there was no sense of self-indulgence, each one evolving over sensual rhythms and taut arrangements. hayes' vocal anticipated the 'rap' genre of barry white and millie jackson without slipping into self-parody, lending an air of sophistication to a highly influential collection.