James Brown was out here letting the beat breathe before Just Blaze and Jigga. Drum pioneer Clyde Stubblefield quietly goes to work throughout with the organ and saxophone doing most of the heavy lifting until Brown lets the drummer have some. The foundation of hip-hop is the break beat and this is one of the most heavily sampled joints in the genre's history with an emphasis on the short drum solo towards the end—Public Enemy's "Fight the Power," Dr. Dre's "Let Me Ride," and Ultramagnetic's "Give the Drummer Some" are just a few that borrowed from this influential record. There were numerous versions made because that's what they did back then and the single reached No. 51 on the pop chart. —Angel Diaz


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