You’d better know who JAMES BROWN is. If not, get off my blog!
He’s best known as a pioneer of FUNK music, and is often referred to as “The Godftaher Of Soul”. What I don’t think James Brown gets nearly enough credit for is being the MOST SAMPLED ARTIST OF ALL TIME, and for his many indirect contributions to the almighty BREAKBEAT, from which almost ALL modern forms of music were developed.
So many BREAKS, both classic and contemporary, come from James Brown’s original compositions, that I I think it’s appropriate to refer to him as THE GRANDFATHER OF THE BREAK BEAT. Below is a MEGAMIX of James Brown breaks and commonly used samples, put together by famed MASHUP producer, DJBC. This will give you a good idea of what I’m talking about.
DOWNLOAD: DJBC – Mash It Funky (Just James Version) (RIGHT CLICK>SAVE AS)
Beyond his breaks contributions, James Brown was an amazing dancer, an incredibly passionate vocalist, and one of the first people to understand the true potential of dance music, bringing joy to masses of people by compelling them to move their bodies to the rhythm of his groove. Here’s my personl favourite James Brown jam, ripped from VINYL, because it’s the only right way to do it. I GOT YOU (I FEEL GOOD) ((1965)).
DOWNLOAD: James Brown – I Got You (I Feel Good) (RIGHT CLICK>SAVE AS)
It’s got to be funky!