Friday, January 2, 2015

40 Year Itch : A Brand New Funky President

"It was about President Ford who had taken over from Mr Nixon in August (1974). Every time he made a speech, it gave people the blues. He was a nice man, but he talked a lot ad didn't say anything. He was there as a caretaker after Watergate, and I think he did that. He was a good man, but I never looked at him as a president."
  -James Brown

    In January of 1975, "Funky President" peaked at #4 on the R and B charts. The song was often sampled in hip hop recordings including the classics "Fight the Power" by Public Enemy, "Fuck Tha Police" by N.W.A. and "Eric B is President" by Eric B and Rakim.

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