"James presented obviously the best grooves," rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy once told The Associated Press. "To this day, there has been no one near as funky. No one's coming even close."Legendary singer James Brown dead at 73 (Associated Press via Yahoo News)
Because James Brown died in the wee hours of Christmas morning, the A-team will not be on the obituaries today, but the AP did fine work quoting Chuck D in their coverage.
I expect that after the holidays we will read not only obituaries but deep soul and funk hagiographies, and I hope to hell that the hip-hop kids are getting ready with the tribute recordings, and all that's fine with me; I only saw JB play live twice, and both times (due to our respective ages) were towards the end of his career, but when you went to a James Brown show, even if he himself only played for forty-five minutes or so, you left knowing that you had been to a m*****f*****g show.