Funk originated in African American communities in the 1960s. It is a mixture of soul, jazz, rythm and blues. Funk has a unique sound that made it so popular versus other genres of music that were presented because it had a synchronized rythm.
James Brown is named the Godfather of funk. Why funk projected so quickly was because his main focus was for this music to be performed live. After James Brown, George Clinton carried the sound on. George led a band called the parliaments to start of his career. This band had elements of rock and roll, jazz, blues, soul and gospel to create a new sound.
The term funk refers to a style of aggressive urban dance music driven by bass lines and drumbeats with the help of other instruments. All in which have created the groove of funk that attracted so many people to this particular sound. Funk is a reflection of the black experience.
Funk became the musical standard for bands such as the Ohio Players and Kool and the Gang. Funk is still very apparent in todays music. New artists have used this as a foundation to create a newer sound. For example, Snoop Dogg sound is G-Funk. That sound has no expanded even more for newer artists. All in which may sound different but have an underlying sound and foundation of Funk.