As a hip hop production head, every producer knows (or should know)  the importance of James Brown’s music was to the creation and growth of what we know as hip-hop today. However, often forgotten, is the musicians who helped create the instrumentation, rhythms, and grooves of what we know as Brown’s music. Unfortunately, one of James’ most prominent band members of his heyday passed recently.

On February 18th, 2017, Clyde Stubblefield passed away at the age of 73.  Credited with coming up with the drum section that would be one of the most sampled records, Clyde was the drummer that created the break that would be known as the Funky Drummer. That break would go on to be one of the most influential breaks in the creation of the hip hop genre.

So instead of listing the most famous Funky Drummer used samples, I decided to look up other contributions on James Brown records Clyde contributed to, with the time marks.

Rest In Power Clyde.

Public Enemy’s “Prophets of Rage” Samples The Drums On James Brown’s “Cold Sweat”

(Original Drums at 4:22)

(Drums at 1:53)

Boogie Down Productions’ “South Bronx” (The Bridge Wars) Samples The Drums/Riff on James Brown’s “Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved”

(Original Drums at 3:06)

(Drums at 0:26)

Pete Rock and CL Smooth’s “They Reminisce Over You” Samples The Drums on James Brown’s “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud”

(Original Drums 0:01)

(Drums at 0:35)

A random fun fact (unrelated to rap), classic 90s show, Powerpuff Girls theme song, unbeknownst to me, samples “Funky Drummer“, just sped up.

(Samples 0:32 and 0:46)

Source/Research: WhoSampled

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