IT’S THE BIG PAYBACK!! Soul legend and bonafide sex machine James Brown is the most sampled artist in history with over 7,000 documented samples of his forever classic music.
One of his lowest charting hits “Funky Drummer” is the most sampled song he has with over 1700 recorded uses. Some of your favorite songs like Clique by Jay Z, Big Sean, & Kanye West, Fight the Power” by Public Enemy, King Kunta” by Kendrick Lamar, and That’s The Way Love Goes” by Janet Jackson use drums, screams, and more from the king’s music.
James Brown is known for pushing his band to its limits with recordings, shows, and sometimes his attitude. At one time in his career, he had 5 different drummers on stage. He was serious about his showmanship. His sound was created not only by him, but his original band members and their blues, gospel, and jazz influences.
Artists like Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West and more have cited Brown as one of their biggest influences musically. From his dance moves to his signature church scream, he has helped shape much of what music today is like.
It is safe to say without hits like Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag, Get on the Goodfoot and Get Up Off Of That Thang we might not have some of our favorite hits today.