Enjoy the long weekend with a classic cut from the funktorious Meters, circa 1970. Below is the track “Chicken Strut,” the first in a long line of “strut”-themed funk classics. Man, people sure did like to strut back in the day, huh?
Afrika Bambaataa is one of the originators of break-beat deejaying and is respectfully known as the Godfather and Amen Ra of hip hop culture as well as the father of electro funk. Through his co-opting of the street gang the Black Spades into the music and culture-oriented Universal Zulu Nation, he is responsible for spreading hip hop culture throughout the world.
“Planet Rock” is one of his signature tracks, and features a brilliant Kraftwerk sample. Enjoy!
Yep, you read that right. Steely Dan. And no, this is not the posting of some ironic hipster. Steely Dan kicks ass, and the bass groove from “Black Cow” has been lifted and twisted so many times by the hip-hop community that it may in fact be the most sampled loop of all time. In any event, that bass line alone puts it in the pantheon of funk greats, as do the killer, smooth horns that elevate the track.
Enjoy it, and pick up Aja on vinyl when you get a chance…