What the Funk?

Funk started to gain its respect in the late 1960’s, and became very popular during the 70’s. Funk incorporated elements from all genres of music such as jazz, blues, r&b, and soul and became the source of party/dance music. Funk has a unique beat alongside lyrics that tell the experiences and views of the African American Negro. It is a style of music that brings all together for a good time no matter the occasion or circumstance. 

Popular Funk Artists


James Brown

The “Godfather of Soul” was a prolific singer, songwriter and bandleader, as well as one of the most iconic figures in funk and soul music. 

His unique vocal and musical style influenced many artists. Brown was also well known for his turbulent personal life, as well as his social activism, both in his songwriting (America is My Home,” “Black and Proud”) and advocating the benefits of education to schoolchildren.






“James Brown.”, A&E Networks Television, 5 Aug. 2019, 


George Clinton 

He introduced P-Funk which was the combining of Parliament and Funkadelic style of Funk Music. Which later influenced many styles of music and artists. 

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