Maceo Parker on Prince, Life, Love And Music

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Friday June 28, 2019

From Forbes

‘Prince Was A Sweetheart’ Funk Legend Maceo Parker On James Brown, Prince, Life, Love And Music

“There was no one more instrumental in building the musical canon of hip-hop than James Brown, reportedly the most sampled man in music. No less than 12,168 of his samples (and counting) are currently listed on Some of the earliest and most influential hip-hop records were based on fragments of Brown’s back catalog. Hip-Hop pioneers such as Eric B and Rakim, N.W.A., Public Enemy, Ice Cube and Ice-T all dug deep for the right sound.

As sampling culture evolved, a broader church of musicians lifted loops from the Godfather of Soul, including Massive Attack, Tracey Thorn, Kendrick Lamar, U2, Jay-Z, Childish Gambino and Kanye West. Last year, hip-hop and rap accounted for 21.7% of total music consumption in the United States. It is by far the most popular genre; more than rock, jazz, reggae and electronic dance music (EDM) combined. Brown’s impact on the modern cultural landscape is almost incalculable.

Brown’s right-hand man was saxophonist Maceo Parker, who joined Brown’s band in 1964. Their collaborations are, it is fair to say, legendary; “I Feel Good,” “Out of Sight,” “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag,” “Cold Sweat,” “Lickin’ Stick” and “Mother Popcorn” are totemic cultural achievements.”

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