Rest in Power Clyde Stubblefield (1943-2017), the original funky drummer from Chattanooga TN whose work with Otis Redding, James Brown, John "Jabo" Starks, William "Bootsy" Collins etc helped to define funk drumming and inspire the (then) fledgling genre of hip-hop in the process.
You can hear Clyde's syncopations on most of the JB hits including 'Cold Sweat', and 'Sex Machine' as well as that 'Funky Drummer' beat being sampled or recreated on Public Enemy's 'Fight The Power' + 'Bring The Noise', N.W.A Music's 'Fuck Tha Police', LL Cool J's 'Mama Said Knock You Out', Run DMC's 'Run's House', and Boogie Down Productions' 'South Bronx'. As is often the way with backing musicians from a certain era, Clyde will receive more recognition for his huge contributions to popular music following his death rather than when he was alive.
There are 1000+ songs by artists such as Aphex Twin, 808 State Burial, JAY Z, J Dilla, Mantronix, Neneh Cherry + Sublime that also lift or emulate the 'Funky Drummer' loop, which is up there with the Amen break as one of the most influential drum beats of all time.
What a list: http://www.whosampled.com/James-Brown/Funky-Drummer/sampled/
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