2.24.2011

Thursday Throwback: James Brown

Courtesy of last.fm
On this last Thursday of Black History Month 2011, this week's Throwback Thursday post continues highlighting socially concious HipHop artists who repped for black people. This week's feature is none of other than the Godfather of Soul.

If you happen to be saying to yourself that James Brown isn't HipHop, you might want to take another look at his credentials.
  1. Holds the distinct honor of "Most Sampled Artist of All Time"
  2. His unorthodox singing could easily be argued as a heavy influence on rhyming delivery and flow
  3. Spoke on the ills of the hood/ plight of his people
  4. Have you seen the guy dance?
  5. Had multiple aliases
  6. His arrest record
  7. He loved HipHop
Obviously, some of these are more of a joke than others, but his influence on and legacy in HipHop are undeniable. So it's only right to pay homage to one of the artists that played a major role in birthing the artform that is beloved around the world.

Brown's Say It Loud was as much a call to action for black Americans fighting oppression as it was a message of self love and self esteem.


Rather than post another video or perfromance, I decided to post footage of Brown's performance in Boston the night of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination. The reason this was such a big moment in American history and Brown's career is because on that night, Brown saved the city from the kaos that was ensuing in other cities as angry, frustrated and oppressed black Americans took to the streets to react to the devastating news.

One of the most interesting points about this is that Brown was asked to save a city that is known (still, to this day) to not be the most accepting city. Secondly, it had to be difficult to supress his own anger and frustration while performing.

If you aren't familiar with the story, check this out.





Legends do legendary stuff.

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