A Chunk of Funk Music

By Ezekiel de Guzman

In the everlasting expressions of George Clinton and the band Parliament, “We need the funk. Gotta have that funk.” Goodness definitely, it’s a great opportunity to get hip. Funk music was prevalent during 1970s and 1980s which are characterized by a mix of African-American soul music and a solid shortened beat. Be that as it may, the definition offered by melodic legend Prince hits nearer to home: “If you can portray it, it ain’t crazy.” Funk is characterized less by a strict arrangement of elaborate standards and more by a disposition, with obviously a beat that empowers moving.

Is Funk Dead?

If you are asking about the old funk style, it appears to be certainly dead. But wait! Majority of the people who are still living the funk life know that there are many groups that are still keeping the fire such as Orgone, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, and stunning ventures like the Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown, and Rock Candy Funk Party. However, the reality remains that millennials could think less about funk. The modern day society is so caught up with what is “new” and “popular”. The vast majority just musically devour what they’re given by the media and in such manner, funk is dead. Don’t lose hope though. Check out our 5 Funk Songs That We Believe You May Have Heard and if you know some of them, maybe it is not completely dead at all.

5 Funk Songs That We Believe You May Have Heard

  1. Super Freak by Rick James

In the everlasting expressions of George Clinton and the band Parliament, “We need the funk. Gotta have that funk.” Goodness definitely, it’s a great opportunity to get hip. Funk music was prevalent during 1970s and 1980s which are characterized by a mix of African-American soul music and a solid shortened beat. Be that as it may, the definition offered by melodic legend Prince hits nearer to home: “If you can portray it, it ain’t crazy.” Funk is characterized less by a strict arrangement of elaborate standards and more by a disposition, with obviously a beat that empowers moving.

Is Funk Dead?

If you are asking about the old funk style, it appears to be certainly dead. But wait! Majority of the people who are still living the funk life know that there are many groups that are still keeping the fire such as Orgone, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, and stunning ventures like the Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown, and Rock Candy Funk Party. However, the reality remains that millennials could think less about funk. The modern day society is so caught up with what is “new” and “popular”. The vast majority just musically devour what they’re given by the media and in such manner, funk is dead. Don’t lose hope though. Check out our 5 Funk Songs That We Believe You May Have Heard and if you know some of them, maybe it is not completely dead at all.

5 Funk Songs That We Believe You May Have Heard

  1. Super Freak by Rick James

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© Motown Records

Trivia: This song was single produced and performed by Rick James in 1981. The slang term “freak” actually means a very promiscuous girl based from the lyrics “She’s a very kinky girl, The kind you don’t take home to mother.”

  1. Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry

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© Genius

Trivia: The song was recorded by Wild Cherry which was written by its lead singer, Rob Parissi. It was released in April 1976. After 13 years, the songwriter was awarded $500,000 after winning a case for copyright infringement because the American rapper Vanilla Ice released his interpretation of the song in his album Hooked.

  1. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough by Michael Jackson

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© Discogs

Trivia: The song was single written and recorded by Michael Jackson which was released in July 28, 1979. It introduced Jackson’s falsetto voice and vocal hiccups. Along with the hiccups are described as vocal tics such as “grunt” and “the ‘oho”.

  1. Get Lucky by Daft Punk

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© Columbia Record

Trivia: This song was created by house music duo Daft Funk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers. Its album version is actually 6 minutes and 8 seconds long while the edited version is only 4 minutes and 7 seconds. The single sold 9.3 million copies worldwide making it one of the best-selling songs of all-time.

  1. Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson

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© Genius

Trivia: Uptown Funk is considered to be the biggest hit in 2010s music according to Billboard. The song was highly influenced by Minneapolis sound (a subgenre of funk rock) and was considered as a “brazen return to the electro-funk of the early ’80s” according to Chris Molanphy of Slate Magazine.

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