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Kings of Funk

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Compiled by RZA & Keb Darge this compilation features songs by Ohio Players, Zebra, Anne Pebbles and Booker T & the MG's. Rapster. 2005.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sly & The Family Stone – Small Talk
  2. Hank Ballard – From the Love Side
  3. Lyn Collins – Do Your Thing
  4. Ohio Players – Climax
  5. Ohio Players – Singing In The Morning
  6. Harlem Underground – Ain’t No Sunshine
  7. Booker T & MGS – Melting Pot
  8. Anne Peebles – You’ve Got The Papers
  9. Ken Boothe – It’s Because I’m Black
  10. Jimmy Ponder – While My Guitar
  11. Honey Cone – If I Can’t Fly
  12. Bobby Humphries – Jasper Country Man

Disc: 2

  1. Sharon Jones – Genuine
  2. Quantic featuring Spanky Wilson – Don’t Joke With A Hungry Man
  3. MFSB – Family Affair 1973
  4. Brand New – Party Time
  5. Mighty Generation – The MG Beat
  6. Zebra – Simple Song (Barney Johnson)
  7. Madcliff – You Can Make The Change
  8. Skying High – Getting Off On Your Loving
  9. Anna Raye – Will You Love My Child
  10. Dee Edwards – I Can Deal With That


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 8, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rapster
  • ASIN: B0006M4SPA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,952 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The second installment of BBE's "Kings Of..." series is a fine piece of work. It compares in a lot of ways to Keb Darge's "Funk Spectrum Series". Similarly the album's tracks are split up between Darge and a legendary guest. The songs are always hard to find obscurities that never really got much play when they were released. He's a certified perfectionist when it comes to digging up "lost" tracks - just check his track record on Amazon.

In the past Darge has teamed up with renowned crate-diggers/producers DJ Shadow and Pete Rock. For "Kings Of Funk" Darge shares the spotlight with the RZA, who is known for his use of uncommon samples from both music and films in his Hip-Hop productions. While the average music fan might not associate RZA for his crate digging abilities and more so for his involvement in the Wu-Tang Clan, any true head has known he's got a phenomenal ear for music. His sampling skills involve tracks so rare and implicit that they become almost unrecognizable amidst the full production.

All right, enough about their credentials... without a doubt this is an excellent collection of tracks, mostly thanks to the RZA's selections. RZA's disc (the first one) might be the best out of any in the "Funk Spectrum" series or for that matter any funk/soul compilations in the BEE catalogue. Of his 40 mins of funk, 95% is outstanding. Hank Ballard's "From the Love Side" gets the album off to a funky James Brown esq. kick-start. RZA's disc contains four incredible instrumentals: "Jasper Country Men", "Ain't No Sunshine", "Climax", and the 8 min epic "Melting Pot". The latter two are definitely the best, just straight up funky jam sessions. Ken Boothe shows some reggae/funk that Bob Marely would be proud of on "Because I'm Black".
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i was bumping this recently because i dig me some serious crate digging and this is truly nice. its the kinds of jams you would call unsung even by some known household acts like the Ohio players.. this the kind of album that you grill and chill to and not miss a step. this is some serious digging out. real nice!!
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Too much funk for one cd....RZA'S side is fire..He should get a Grammy... I

recommend this to anyone who likes FUNK. I've played it everyday since I got it!

Every time I play it... I discover another song I like better than before. Check out Carla Thomas (live)
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By T.Roy on March 13, 2011
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Dig this album. You get your money's worth and it's awesome to finally listen to some of RZA and Keb's hand picks. The only tune on this I don't like is track 2 on the first disc with the crying baby sounds in the background, ruins the whole song. Other than that, buy this cd if you like the Wu, hip hop, funk or GOOD MUSIC!
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