Let’s Get Funkadelic!

Funk is a more cultured version of party music. Though this music formed in the 1960s, it didn’t become popular until the 1970s. Funk emerged from the styles of jazz and rhythm & blues.

Funk music, while heavily influence by rhythm and blues and jazz, contains a more up-beat sound. It is best identified by its polyrhythmic base. Funk music is described as “earthy,” “low down” and “dirty.” Considering that the genre is a musical mix of various different genres, within the genre you can the jazz-like trumpet arrangements and the vocal style of soul.

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Funk music and black pride went hand in hand so funk was coming up in popularity. Funk music was known as music for black people who wanted to show how proud they were of their culture no matter what white people thought during that time.
An example of a funk song is James Brown’s “Say it Loud – I’m black and I’m proud.”  In this song it talks about how proud he is of being a black man in white America. James Brown wrote the song off of Stokely Carmichael’s “Black Power” speech of October 1966. The song from Brown and the speech from Carmichael went hand and had on what truly black pride was. Some other famous funk artists are James Brown, Prince, Rick James, George Clinton and Earth, Wind & Fire.

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A lot of people of Faith believe that funk music was just known as party music. Funk was the hip-hop music of today. It was known as only as party music and not as what it was really meant for being. Funk was commodified by people because it was also seen African Americans mostly listen to it so it was seen as the devils music.

In conclusion, funk music a mash-up of various different genres. Funk happens to be one of my favorite genres because it is just a very carefree genre. It is a genre, in my personal opinion, that won’t go out of style.

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