Quotes o' plenty from artists about James Brown's death. This morning Harry Allen, a hip-hop journalist, Public Enemy's "media assassin" was interviewed on Democracy Now!
He chopped it up with the host, Amy Goodman. Coming from the hip-hop side of the table he gives a good look at James Brown's influence on the music.
Can you talk about how he really helped create funk, how he influenced hip-hop?
Well, hip-hop is a music that relies to a great extent on using preexisting musical ideas expressed through recordings. And James Brown put together some of the densest ideas in black music ever made. more..