Star Time

As I mentioned on my own site just now, you d-bags will have to forgive me for taking three days off this week, even if one of those days was Christmas. The plan was to be right back at it the day after Christmas, but I was tired as shit from working like a Hebrew slave at the BGM for the past several weeks. I needed a break.

Speaking of people who needed a break, I’m sure you’ve all heard that Godfather of Sould James Brown bought the proverbial farm early Monday morning. Given his stature in American music, it would’ve been a much bigger deal had it not occurred both on Christmas day and the day before President Gerald Ford checked out.

Still, it was maybe the biggest death in the music community since George Harrison died, and it was especially relevant to the hip-hop community since James Brown’s music was such a huge influence on the genre. Indeed damn near all of the obits I’ve read have made it a point to note that his song “Funky Drummer” is the most sampled beat in all of hip-hop.

However, you’d be wrong to think that James Brown’s influence on hip-hop didn’t extend beyond creating the kind of beats that were popular before hip-hop began to suck balls. Here are several other, less obvious ways in which James Brown left his mark on the genre.

James Brown had a weed carrier

These days it’s de rigueur for famous musicians to have one of their boys from back in the day hold their bag in the airport just in case. Visionary that he was though, James Brown had his right hand man Bobby Byrd holding his stash long before he ever even visited an airport. Indeed as the recent incidents with Snoop Dogg have taught us, a bag can never be too safe.

James Brown turned Republican

Fiddy Cent caused a minor stink a couple of years ago when he announced that he votes Republican, because he’s got it like that. (He probably made out big time in the Bush tax cuts to the rich.) That said, he was far from the first black celebrity to go over to the dark side, so to speak. James Brown beat him to the punch by more than 30 years, having supported Richard Nixon in 1968.

James Brown rocked a shiny suit

A good decade-plus before Diddy and Ma$e shot the video for Biggie’s “Mo Money Mo Problems,” the Godfather of Soul donned a remarkably similar outfit for his cameo appearance in 1985′s Rocky IV, my old rommate Big Mike’s favorite in the entire series.

James Brown liked to get wet

Similarly, the Godfather of Soul seemed to predict the Pimp C incident more than ten years before it actually happened. Granted he didn’t walk through a shopping mall with an AK tucked in his fur coat in the middle of the summer, but the incident with him and the office building and the high speed chase was arguably just as amusing.

James Brown laid the smack down

Finally, what’s more hip-hop than violence against women? In that sense, James Brown is about as hip-hop as they come. He was arrested for putting his shoe on his various wives about as many times over the years as DMX has been arrested for erratic driving, and I don’t think I need to tell you d-bags how may times that is.

  • B-Ease

    Genius.

    For a second i thought you were really going to discuss the various artist that have been directly influenced by james brown, either in content or just by sampling.but you did it the BOL way. Fuck was i thinking??

    i hope NCRED isnt going to say something stupid.

  • lazygenius

    Never done it before so here it goes…

    First!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/poisonousdarthfc Poisonous Dart

    Interesting…..Instead of being a human and writing an ACTUAL article about the foremost influence on Hip Hop, one of the most influential artist/producers/musicians in the history of American music, and a Black icon, you choose the easy way out and write this bullshit^.

    Forget that he saved Boston from burning to the ground in 1968, forget that he gave Black people a direction and an identity in America, forget that he owned his own label, produced his own music, and owned radio stations as well (He and Sam Cooke soon found out that The Man wasn’t feeling them having any power, though). Forget that he was responsible for the Funk movement. Forget that he’s the reason B Boys in the Bronx went to the floor in the first place. Forget that if it weren’t for him you wouldn’t have a music form or culture to write your halfass blogs about…how dare you shit on James Brown’s legacy…damn that’s disrespectful.

    Rest In Eternal Peace, James Brown.

    Bol….you stupid.

  • Fuck BoI

    Nas outsold Jeezy whiteboy what up? write about that you homo……………………………………oh yeah Godfather R.I.P.

  • afds

    If you put your hands on a woman, you’re a scumbag. Plain and simple.

  • http://www.sickamore.com Sickamore

    Al Sharpton was a JB weed carrier as well

  • http://www.myspace.com/corinnemq Corinne

    invisible_stan/ esl_representa

    ^^^ 2 names, same faggit with a bigger asshole than Lance Bass

    R.I.P James Brown

  • Fernando

    Godfather R.I.P

    Good one Bol. Poisonous Dart..lighten up. Everybody knows how raw James Brown was. Im not looking for an A&E biography when I read Bol’s sewage.

    The Godfather was decades ahead of his time, and has recieved his praise because of it, but that doesnt mean he was perfect either. Best post in a while Bol.

  • Combat Jack

    “I Don’t know karate,but I know ca- razy!”

    The Payback

    Best.line.evah.

  • jacquez
  • http://myspace.com/belizeanbway Belize

    >”my old rommate Big Mike’s favorite in the entire series.”

    ^Uhhh..Big Mike?
    *wierd silence followed by a weird look*

  • weezybaby

    WHY DOES BOL ONLY HAVE BLOGS?

    WHY ARE NO ONE ELSES WORKING

    XXLMAG.COM IS FALLIN OFF

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    Poisonous Dart Says:

    December 28th, 2006 at 1:53 pm
    Interesting…..Instead of being a human and writing an ACTUAL article about the foremost influence on Hip Hop, one of the most influential artist/producers/musicians in the history of American music, and a Black icon, you choose the easy way out and write this bullshit^.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    cosign to the max

    how could you defile this mans legacy with your sarcastic references

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    B-Ease Says:

    December 28th, 2006 at 1:46 pm
    Genius.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    im sure you would think so Jag-off…cut a whole in your skin so i can get from under it…

  • thoreauly77

    co-sign CJ, best line ever. all i know is this, the legacy of james brown’s music is inestimable and i for one am going to be drinking tough for james brown well into the new year. RIP.

    and poisonous dart, why are you always shitting on bol’s blogs? to remind you, some of us have read yours.

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    why not take the opportunity to educate these d-bags on what James Brown has accomplished

  • Fernando

    Last time I checked, Bol isnt in the field of education. If you dont know about the accomplishments and achievements of The Godfather, its up to you to get some knowledge…Libraries people, Libraries.

  • che

    lol i found one of bol’s baby pics. he must a re-vitiligo. the opposite o what michael jackson’s got!

    http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y256/pdub395/Animations/retard.gif

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    If I Ruled The World
    by James Brown
    album: Sex Machine (Reissue of 1970)

    If I ruled the world, ev’ry day would be the first day of spring
    Every heart would have a new song to sing
    And we’d sing of the joy every morning would bring

    If I ruled the world, ev’ry man would be as free as a bird,
    Ev’ry voice would be a voice to be heard
    Take my word we would treasure each day that occurred

    My world would be a beautiful place
    Where we would weave such wonderful dreams
    My world would wear a smile on its face
    Like the man in the moon has when the moon beams
    If I ruled the world every man would say the world was his friend
    There’d be happiness that no man coud end
    No my friend, not if I ruled the world
    Every head would be held up high
    There’d be sunshine in everyone’s sky
    If the day ever dawned when I ruled the world

  • thoreauly77

    goddamnit ncred, dont do that please.

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    You losers really amaze me if i said aids was a bad thing…you would oppose it…DIG A HOLE…

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    James Brown Lyrics – Say It Aloud – I’m Black And I’m Proud

    Now we demand a chance to do things for ourserlf
    We’re tired of beatin’ our head against the wall
    And workin’ for someone else
    We’re people, we’re just like the birds and the bees
    We’d rather die on our feet
    Than be livin’ on our knees
    Say it loud, I’m black and I’m proud

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    come on bol sing along…

    …Say it loud, I’m black and I’m proud …

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    what was the name of that movie where they kidnapped oreos and brought them into a room and showed them all kind of pro-black stuff to reverse their brainwashing…anyone…

  • gluvnast

    Combat Jack Says:

    December 28th, 2006 at 4:24 pm
    “I Don’t know karate,but I know ca- razy!”

    The Payback

    Best.line.evah.

    ^^^^^^SMH @ ice cube swagger jacking that line…..

  • Fernando

    damn….

    all of Bol’s flunkies are taking the week off too.

    XXL needs to take this Cleaner ad off the site. The skanky white wench is bothering me.

  • Fernando

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLL…..is ghey. happy new year, schmucks

  • jon jon–23

    That post was very disrespectful on James Brown. He was a black icon and one of the most influential artists in our culture. With that article I’m not sure about you BOL….Are you a K.K.K. member on the sneak?….

  • ESL Representa

    Corrine Da BEAST!!!!!

  • B-Ease

    what was the name of that movie where they kidnapped oreos and brought them into a room and showed them all kind of pro-black stuff to reverse their brainwashing…anyone…
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Drop Squad dumbass. hahahahahahahahaha

  • B-Ease

    Fernando Says:

    December 28th, 2006 at 4:58 pm
    Last time I checked, Bol isnt in the field of education. If you dont know about the accomplishments and achievements of The Godfather, its up to you to get some knowledge…Libraries people, Libraries.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    co-sign son.

  • B-Ease

    You losers really amaze me if i said aids was a bad thing…you would oppose it…DIG A HOLE…
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Dude, when is it gonna hit u that people “oppose” you because you say some really dumb shit.

  • NickeNitro

    I could go off about what an idiot this Bol is again, but he’s obviously begging for any kind of attention.

    Here’s one of the better articles I’ve read since the Soul Brother #1 passed: http://www.slate.com/id/2156219

    If anyone has or finds any other good ones, post them here.

  • HOuse

    Man, bury James Brown and let him R.I.P, please. That man was a fool that led a lot of other fools down the road of darkness. He did not take the opportunity to lead you fools to the light.

  • HOuse

    I agree some points of this piece. Y’all fools honor the wrong people. Oh, forgive me James Brown was a model for other people to follow in their daily life, NOT. Bury this Man and lets move on. I am tired of hearing that his body is going around the world. So, PUT THE MAN IN THE HOLE!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/hardhoodclassics AJTHROWBACK

    Bol, this is something that you write in the man’s life when he could possibly defend himself, not in the wake of his passing. You have gone to a whole new low with this one. This is almost as bad as when Star and Bucwild mimicked the Aaliyah plane crash on Hot 97 back in ’01.

    As for House’s comments, there are a lot of musicians that have bad reps as people, but had great legacies as musicians or artists and people who push their genres and define eras. Jimi Hendrix had a serious drug problem that ended his life, but his contributions to rock n’roll are tremendous. Rick James abused women and did heavy drugs as well, but he’s a legend for his sound that helped usher in a new era of funk into the 80s. Hell, Barry White did coke heavy as well, but his music like James Brown is some of the most sampled music in hip-hop history.

    I’m not saying that these guys were model citizens, but just about every great artist in history had some kind of problem because guess what? They’re human and we shouldn’t put them on pedestals like they’re perfect in the first place because, just like the rest of us, they’re prone to fuck up. Instead of focusing so much on the James Brown’s personal life, why don’t you just pay the man his respect that he’s due as a legend in soul music??

    And Fernando and B-Ease, just because Bol isn’t in the business of educating, does that give him the right to disrespect that man so close after his death?? That’s just a tasteless means of trying to get a laugh out of people, point blank period.

  • Rizzop

    To all you dick heads: Please dont fault the man for being human, not one of us has done everything right in our lives…it is well known what james brown has done wrong in his life and the struggles hes had. but please give the man his respect….if it wasnt for him there wouldnt be funk, rap or any of the shit YOU get paid to write blogs about! Niggas biting the hand that feeds them again….silly negros. R.I.P The Godfather of soul…….To this day im still black, and still proud to be so, too bad these d-bags dont respect the people that made it alright to express yourself through music……

    Now we demand a chance to do things for ourselves
    We’re tired of beatin’ our head against the wall
    And workin’ for someone else
    We’re people, we’re just like the birds and the bees
    We’d rather die on our feet
    Than be livin’ on our knees
    Say it loud, I’m black and I’m proud

  • Hurricane Game

    Fuck Bol he’s Gay. He sits in front of his PC With his fat fingers looking at Gay Porn. XXL needs to stop censoring some of these comments. Must be Gay as Brian Crawford.

  • Hurricane Game

    Brian Crawford and Rey suck each other off. They work together at McDonalds on less than minimum wage Jacking off in your Big Macs.

  • Notorious A.G.C.

    0O0O0 BOL GOT ETHERED BY Poisonous Dart

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    B-Ease

    dude your a loser and a hater…get a life or dig a hole….

  • mannyworld33

    GOOD POST TOILET BOL!

    B-EASE VS. N-CRED IS FUNNY AS HELL!

    R.I.P MR. BROWN

    MY FAVORITE SONG MADE FROM A JAMES BROWN SAMPLE WOULD HAVE TO BE “A MAN’S WORLD” BY BEANIE SIGEL OFF OF THE REASON LP.

    S.P STAND UP!

  • EReal

    Imma go B on this one man, We all know how much James Brown has done for the culture and the genre and america in general and that he was and still is very influential. I just thought Bol was trying to show that maybe he really infulenced ALOT more than yall think, rather than go the obvious route and write a boring ass post you prolly coulda read on MSN or YAHOO NEWS or some dumb shit. R.I.P. the Godfather!! You will be missed..
    cosign B-Ease V. N-Cred, lol.
    dont cosign beatin the hoes tho.
    PeaSss.
    Next!

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    Bol = Bruford (Crawford) Jamison Jr. form the movie D.R.O.P Squad

  • B-Ease

    form the movie D.R.O.P Squad

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Just glad i could help you out hahahahaha

  • E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA

    what’s more hip-hop than violence against women?
    ^^^
    Not having and education and gloriying the “streets’

  • EReal

    @AKA
    Yeah that was a classic Bol comment, its like he cant find enough ways to put down hiphop, while blogging on a hip hop site. *shakes head in disgust*

  • mannyworld33

    EReal Says:

    December 29th, 2006 at 12:37 pm
    @AKA
    Yeah that was a classic Bol comment, its like he cant find enough ways to put down hiphop, while blogging on a hip hop site. *shakes head in disgust*
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    THAT’S WHY I CALL HIM TOILET-BOL CAUSE HE’S FULL OF SHIT!

    LMAO!

  • instigating

    Fernando Says:

    December 28th, 2006 at 4:04 pm
    Godfather R.I.P

    Good one Bol. Poisonous Dart..lighten up …

    … Last time I checked, Bol isnt in the field of education …

    … BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLL…..is ghey …

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    You defend Bol, then you diss him … make up your mind you bi-polar ass bitch …

    R.I.P. JB

  • EReal

    Bol licks Bols(No Bol)
    lmfao

  • http://www.myspace.com/gopentertainment Sayso is Donny Slaughter

    JB always had good shyt but when it comes to influence on rap, let’s look at President Clinton’s record…first diss song “Take It To The Stage” President George Clinton, goes on JB, Sly, Earth Wind and Fire, to name a few!!! Okay look at Parliament, then look at Afrika Bambata, kinda similar huh??? Even though President Clinton swooped up half of JB’s band, they both gave us good music and if U really fuck wit hip hop, U really gotta thank and admire these dudes, RIP JB!!!! Study yo art punks!!!LOL!!!

  • hOUSE

    All these music genres have done nothing but lead y’all fools down the dark road. He had 73 years to lead the fools that followed him into the light but he did not.

    If I can remember his music advocated sex and drugs, which are both ungodly like, especially fornication which is why blacks are getting infected with HIV faster than any other race. BURY THIS MAN AND LET’S MOVE ON AND SEEK THE LIGHT!!!

  • hOUSE

    Oh, he also advocated violence in his daily life as well beating on them women.

  • hOUSE

    Many devil like people express themselves through music. Entertainment is the devil’s biggest tool to sway you fools into darkness. Look at Jay-Z, it has been proven he is anti-Christ and you fools still celebrate him. SEEK THE LIGHT!!!

  • http://xxlmag.com thats him thats that bastard

    jon jon–23 Says:

    December 28th, 2006 at 7:50 pm
    That post was very disrespectful on James Brown. He was a black icon and one of the most influential artists in our culture. With that article I’m not sure about you BOL….Are you a K.K.K. member on the sneak?….

    Bol is the blind black guy from the chappelle show that didnt know he was black…now thats funny

  • http://xxlmag.com thats him thats that bastard

    hOUSE Says:

    December 29th, 2006 at 5:38 pm
    Many devil like people express themselves through music. Entertainment is the devil’s biggest tool to sway you fools into darkness. Look at Jay-Z, it has been proven he is anti-Christ and you fools still celebrate him. SEEK THE LIGHT!!!

    shut the hell up…stop popping vicatin and smoking that shit…Jay is not the anti-christ…and if your so holy one of the ten commandments is thou shall not judge…but your so holy right cut the shit…get a life

  • http://xxlmag.com thats him thats that bastard

    house listen the you make your own decisions the reason blacks are getting infected at high rate is because the lack of concern and the thought it wont happen to me…so dont blame that shit on jay or james brown. who’s to say your not the damn anti-christ…shit my momma told me if a girl is man enough to put her hands on you fly her fucking head…and i didnt learn that from jay or james…nigga or a nigga with no nuts(aka a girl) or whatever the hell you are the anti-christ isnt here yet…read your bible if you so holy…were on like the 3rd sign of seven jay is an entertainer that is not rapping anything that is blasphemist at all…

  • RDL

    Combat Jack Says:
    December 28th, 2006 at 4:24 pm
    “I Don’t know karate,but I know ca- razy!”

    The Payback

    Best.line.evah.

    ^I just read yesterday that most ppl hear ka-razy but its really “I don’t know karate but I know ka-RAZOR”

    I need to find the link and I’ll post it. It was written by a band member and close friend so I thinks its accurate.

  • jonjon–23

    James Brown was a human being and human beings make mistakes and have faults. Despite all his faults he was more of a positive force on blacks rather than negative. He actually cared enough to do things for his people and write some songs to uplift us. “Say it Loud” was the right song released at the right time. If 1/4 of these airhead rappers today tried to do their part we might be in a little better shape. For anybody to disrespect this man in death, either you are a racist or you on some shit. You don’t have to like his music or even some of the things he did, but give respect to the respectable.

  • hOUSE

    This stuff is in the open so I can speak on it. If I don’t, I will not be doing the right thing. You all keep talking about what James Brown and anybody did for a culture or a group of people. These people did not do nothing to bring these people out of the dark and confusion, and to the light. We are in the last days people. You suppose to serve God’s Purpose not man’s purpose. Satisfy him not man’s sinful and selfish objectives. SEEK THE LIGHT!!!

  • pileofshirt69

    “I agree some points of this piece. Y’all fools honor the wrong people. Oh, forgive me James Brown was a model for other people to follow in their daily life, NOT.”

    ^^^^^^Did someone use NOT humor?^^^^^^

  • http://xxlmag.com thats him thats that bastard

    hOUSE Says:

    December 30th, 2006 at 12:40 am
    This stuff is in the open so I can speak on it. If I don’t, I will not be doing the right thing. You all keep talking about what James Brown and anybody did for a culture or a group of people. These people did not do nothing to bring these people out of the dark and confusion, and to the light. We are in the last days people. You suppose to serve God’s Purpose not man’s purpose. Satisfy him not man’s sinful and selfish objectives. SEEK THE LIGHT!!!

    did you just get saved or something you got that new christian smell to you…music or rap is not intended to take ppl to the light..why because its something that is worldly.Its intent is to give these ghetto poets a voice about what the been thru…you know kinda like gospel music is to made to nuture the spirit…get off this blog homie with all that…you sound real dumb

  • http://xxlmag.com thats him thats that bastard

    House I have a question…who’s to say the things that jay and james did for black culture wasnt in god’s plan…and this question why is it that people that claim to be in church are always the first to send someone to hell???Or if they not saying hallelujah or amen they not doing gods work. Fact of the matter is god put them in a position to do what their doing jay is a positive guy and for you to try to cast him as the anit-christ you have to answer to god for that….

  • Hurricane Game

    Bol likes cock

  • House

    These are definitely the last days especially when an artist can say blasphemist things and you all take up for these people. Also, God does not have a predetermined path for you to take because he created us to be freedom of choice creatures. If he had a predetermined plan for us he would not have created us to be freedom of choice creatures. You have to have the spirit and truth at heart when you are worshiping God. This spirit and truth in your heart will lead you to do the things that pleases GOD.

    What exactly did Jay and James do for black culture that was in accord with God? When did I claim to be in Church? I would’nt go to today’s churches. It is a difference between Christendom and Biblical Christianity. These churches today are true Christendom. They are mixing with these secular artists.

    Final point, I did not label Jay-Z as an anti-Christ. He did that with his own mouth, PERIOD. SEEK THE LIGHT!!!

  • House

    Oh, what work exactly is Jay-Z, James or any of these artists doing for God?

    A lot y’all fools associate gains as blessings so you conclude because he has more money than y’all that means he is more blessed than you. This is so untrue fools. The only guy these people are serving is SATAN THE DEVIL. He is the ruler of this world of things.

  • House

    did you just get saved or something you got that new christian smell to you…music or rap is not intended to take ppl to the light..why because its something that is worldly.Its intent is to give these ghetto poets a voice about what the been thru…you know kinda like gospel music is to made to nuture the spirit…get off this blog homie with all that…you sound real dumb

    RESPONSE:

    I can conclude you are of the devil because this music ain’t going to save no man. It is not the answer. I can tell you don’t no nothing because you are not suppose to self promote yourself. Wow, a music that promotes violence, fornication and other immoral things is great for society.

  • Hurricane Game

    House get off this site and come out the closet. Your a homo sayin James Brown promotes the Devil. Fuck you faggot. James Brown Inspired all these rappers you see today. Your probably One of those fags that says that Three 6 Mafia has Satanic Shoutouts in Stay Fly. Stop preaching to us Bitch and if you have a problem with Hip Hop then go listen to country.

  • EReal

    Holier than thou ass..
    We arent the ones making the music, you sound like an 80 year old granny, thats the DEVIL!!! Come on fool, most of us are good, god-fearing moral people, but we are surrounded my immoral things in our daily lives, im sorry we cant sit around and read the bible all day because we’re busy out trying to SURVIVE.. we identify with theses social ills and the things going on around us every day and thats why we seek shelter by listening to someone who can tell us they see what we see, and feel what we feel.. shit theres even some of these so called “dope boy rappers” in their lyrics, talkin bout “lord, I know i shouldnt live this way” Its a PLIGHT and you should be trying to HELP and SEE not JUDGING and LOOKING DOWN on the people who make this music and who listen to it, “Judge not less ye be judged” homie.. go preach to someone else, because your style of trying to spread the good word has already offended everyone you’ve touched, so really youre turning people away from the light by using the fire and brimstone tactics that arent gonna work on people who already feel or know they’re goin to hell (if they belive that is), try spreading the word of salvation instead of damnation.. youd be surprised how much better it might work. Man, youre the kinda christian that gives good, helpful, worshipers a bad name… peas.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gopentertainment Sayso is Donny Slaughter

    So whut JB had a weed carrier, when did artists (that ain’t on probation) start takin’ piss tests??? Most classic songs are made under the influence, musicians make U dance, they ain’t paid to be roll models, wtf are these parent doin’???