James Brown – Funky President (People It’s Bad) (1974)

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James Brown’s 1974 album Reality would be an undistinguished listen if it was not for this standout track. The quality of ‘Funky President’ is all the more remarkable when you read that the Godfather hired musicians instead of using his awesome house band the JBs. Those session men would hear their work live on as this song became a touchstone reference for sample loving hip hoppers.

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