A Salute To James Brown – The Godfather of Hip-Hop
Tuesday June 03rd 2014,
Filed under: Crates,Features,Great Moments In Rap,The 70's Files,Unkut Originals
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While the rap world falls over itself in the never-ending J. Dilla circle jerk, today would have marked James Brown’s 81st year if he was still with us. Considering just how hard he worked during his life, it’s amazing that he lived until 73 – a lesser man may have perished mid-splits. According to his long-suffering friend Bobby Byrd, JB and Tina Turner once shared a stage at the Five Four Ballroom in LA where they spent the entire night attempting to outdo each other by jumping off the piano into the splits and whatnot! Yet the only mention of JB I’ve seen on the rap internets has been egotripland posting couple of JB tribute mixes courtesy of DJ Scratch and J. Period. So let us take a minute to recognize and realize just why James Brown is the alpha and omega of this hip-hop shit….
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Tape Box: Grand Master Flash and the Furious 5 Live At T- Connection, 1979

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Yet another sure shot from Troy Smith‘s old school tape collection, this excerpt captures Melle Mel, Cowboy and ‘em ripping over the “7 Minutes of Funk” break.
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Kool Moe Dee and DJ Dano Bee – Tape 225 [1978]

Spotted at grandgood, here’s a gem from Troy L. Smith‘s archives. Kool Moe Dee was no effin’ joke in his prime.