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The Huxtables Meant More to Hip-Hop Than Bill Cosby Ever Could

A little bit of hip-hop and a whole lot of soul

A still from episode 18 of The Cosby Show, “A Touch of Wonder,” aired on February 20, 1986. Photo: NBC/Getty Images

“Jammin’ on the one.”

On an early episode of The Cosby Show, that’s the line Theo Huxtable told Stevie Wonder he’d use at a party. To my young ears, it sounded old and dated — the kind of phrase that would sit in the company of “jive turkey” and “foxy…