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  • Writer's pictureChris Randolph

New Blue Sun and Funky People

James Brown, the iconic Godfather of Soul, made an indelible mark on the music industry, not just with his electrifying performances but also through the carefully curated compilation "James Brown's Funky People (Part 1)."

This album wasn't your typical release; it was a purposeful endeavor by Brown to share the wealth of his People Records label. The selected tracks weren't just gems in their own right; they were a goldmine of sampling potential, offering emerging producers a rich vein of funk and soul to craft something innovative. This foresight not only fueled creativity but also laid the foundation for potential income through royalties for decades to come. ( To date has been sampled over 1,600 times)

Hip-hop artists, drawn not only to the sounds but also to James Brown's legacy, particularly embraced the sonic palette of Funky People. Acts like Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, and De La Soul transformed these samples into hip-hop classics.

"Funky People (Part 1)" serves as a testament to James Brown's enduring musical genius. Beyond being a compilation, it became a cornerstone for artists exploring the boundless possibilities of sampling. It not only shaped the sound of hip-hop but also contributed to the ongoing dialogue about the interplay of creativity, innovation, and the business of making music. As James Brown's legacy continues to influence new generations, the Funky People compilation remains an evergreen resource for those pushing the boundaries of musical expression.

And now, as if on cue, Andre 3000's "New Blue Sun" enters the room, 1 hour and 27 minutes of flute rifts ripe for the sampling. Well played sir.... Thank you for you continuous contribution to the culture.

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