To mark the one-year anniversary of James Browns passing, Public Enemys Chuck D is releasing a tribute album that pays tribute to the music, legacy and enduring influence of one of the most important figures in music. Tribb To JB, in stores November 27, features vocals by Chuck D as well as the artists from his own SLAMjamz Records, including Kyle Jason and the baNNed, EEYCS Posse, Dirty North, Crew Grrl Order, Jahi, Most Hi-Fi, Heet Mob, The Scallions, The Impossebulls and Kendo The Almost Famous. The album was helmed by longtime Public Enemy turntablist DJ Johnny Juice Rosado and includes a special appearance by Professor Griff.
Say It Loud Im Black And Im Proud was a benchmark in my life, explains Chuck, as I was born in 1960 with negro on my birth certificate. By the mid-sixties we were classified as colored and after the murders of Dr. King and RFK along with the flipping opinion on the war in Vietnam, by the end of the decade Black was beautiful and we were damn proud to scream it. This was because of Mr. JB, at least to myself.
On Tribb to JB, artists from Chuck Ds own SLAMjamz record label reinterpret 10 of the Godfathers classics, including Its A Mans Mans World, Superbad and Say It Loud Im Black And Im Proud. The CD comes with a bonus DVD filled with several videos of the album tracks, as well as liner notes that reveal the highly personal inspiration behind the album to Chuck and producer Juice. In addition to the SLAMjamz vocalists on the album, Tribb To JB was recorded with musicians Shawn Franklin, Mike Franklin (various instruments); Khari Wynn (guitar); Jason Metcalf (flute, baritone saxophone); Jeff Sheloff (saxophone, horns); Brian Hogans (alto saxophone); Matt Townsend (tenor saxophone); Marc Osterer (trumpet); Matt DePalma (trombone); The Depalma Horns (horns); Victor Burks (keyboards); Ricky Gordon (vibraphone, percussion); Brian Hardgroove (bass guitar); Rocky Bryant (drums); Johnny "Juice" Rosado (congas, bongos, percussion, turntables) and DJ President Ike (scratches).
Tracks from the album can be streamed and downloaded from www.beyond.fm. Further information on the album as well as the artists who appear on it can be found at www.SLAMjamz.com.
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In the one year remembrance of the passing of Mr James Brown, SlamJamz Records has jumped into the forefront in dedicating covers of just a few of the records hip hop and rap music was spawned from. Produced by DJ Johnny 'Juice' Rosado and associate produced by Brian Hardgroove tracks were replayed by SLAMjamz musicians The baNNed, and commanded on the lead vocals by soul artist Kyle Jason. In true manner and flow of Mr Brown and his recently passed long time vocal partner Mr Bobby Byrd, Chuck D plays off with a rap-styled approach to Kyles singing. Each Record has an additional guest rap vocal to further blend of relationships of Mr Browns music to the hip hop world which SLAMjamz supplies.
A funky tribute to JB from Chuck D -- and a loose collective of vocalist, MCs and killer band -- with funky renditions of JB classics with righteous rhymes from Chuck & co! The band, along with vocalist Kyle Jason and guest singers & MCs for the most part roll with faithful renditions of the classics as a backdrop, and strident accent rhymes to bring a social consciousness into the proceedings -- as well as testament to the legacy of James Brown. The funk is always the core element, and the collective is wise enough not to get in the way of it! Titles include "Soul Power", "Make It Funky", "Get Up, Get Into It", "Get Involved", "Say It Loud I'm Black And I'm Proud", "King Heroin", "Talking Loud, Saying Nothing", "Think Mama For The Soul Sisters", "Super Bad", Funky President", "and more. Comes with bonus DVD with performance footage, music videos, some "mockumentary" bits and more! (There is no indication, but we are assuming that the DVD is NTSC format, Region 1.)
Chuck D has forwarded the motion when it comes to payback in homage to Mr James Brown, who passed on Christmas Day 2006. In tribute to Mr Dynamite, The Hardest Working Man In Show Business , SLAMjamz artists collected under the moniker of The PEEPS OF SOULFUNK have re-performed 10 of the JB classics called 'TRIB TO MR JB'. Produced by DJ JOHNNY JUICE ROSADO the artist roster contributions include KYLE JASON, CHUCK D, music by The baNNed and that's Brian Hardgroove on bass, KHARI WYNN on guitar , ROCKY BRYANT on drums, VICTOR BURKS on keys, Matthew DePalmma and crew as horn section. The added vocals by CREW GRRL ORDER, MOST HIFI, KENDO THE ALMOST FAMOUS , PROFESSOR GRIFF, THE SCALLIONS, THE IMPOSSEBULLS, HEET MOB and DIRTY NORTH.
DAVEY DS HIP HOP CORNER SAYS;
An overlooked we featured on this week's show is the Public Enemy remake of James Brown classic 'Thank Mama for the Soul Sisters'. Its under the name Peeps of Soul Funk and is an incredible Tribute to the late James Brown. The group dips into their slamjamz record label catalogue and pulls out some very talented musicians who do more than let loose. Major props to producer Johnny Juice who could've easily been doing his thing right alongside the Godfather of Soul by contributing beats, his ears and immeasurable talent to future musical offerings. In the cut 'Thank Mama for the Soul Sisters' new comer Ronnique 'MsRo' Hawkins is the featured vocalist letting loose. Go to the SlamJamz website to get this rare hard to find gem of an album. You will not be disappointed.
Itï¿½s about time James Brown had an album dedicated to him, considering most of the hip hop community sampled his work heavily on their productions. From Dr. Dre to Jazzy Jeff, to Pete Rock and Jay-Z, theres not one rhythm, string, beats and/or melodies that cannot be attributed to James Brown. Tribb to JB consists of artists from Chuck Ds production house, SlamJamz, remixing and revamping some of James Browns music. Classics like Soul Power, Make it Funky and Super Bad will no doubt make the dancefloor bounce. Chuck Ds soul singer, Kyle Jason, truly shines as he brings his own personality into each hook and verse that he delivers. The CD is great, but the selection from Browns catalogue is somewhat limited. One wonders whether the inclusion of the bonus DVD showcasing SlamJamz artists was a better trade off, as oppose to having a double CD showcasing more of Browns work.
5.0 out of 5 stars KEEPING THE JAMES BROWN LEGACY ALIVE !!!, February 11, 2008
By trawic11 (Tuskegee, AL)
Once again, I like to thank Chuck D and the Slamjamz crew for stepping up and paying a true, overdue tribute that the Godfather deserves. This tribute was everything the Godfather would have hoped for. Tibb to JB is a cover of James Brown's most legendary hits, but with an updated twist on 3 levels:
1) MUSICALLY: The band "THE BANNED" are amazing and in my honest opinion, are 2nd to "THE ROOTS" as far as being my favorite Hip Hop band. The production on the cover version of "It's a Man's, Man's World" (my favorite on the tribute) was brilliant to the point were it was hard for me to decide whether the original or cover version is better. They did a superb job with the Horn arrangements and the vibes added a jazz-funk quality to the cover song.
2) VOCALLY: Kyle Jason, Chuck D, and the Slamjamz crew did a fantastic job and added a new dimension to the cover versions with a unique, full, and rich lyrical texture yet staying true to (and embellishing) the "James Brown Vocal/Ad-lib Rap" trademark. There no question that James had powerful vocals, but I always had a "What If" analysis in the back of my mind. What if James had some of the lyrical abilities of Chuck D, Common, Mystikal, Ludacris, and Scarface mixed together with his powerhouse vocals/yelps/screams. Tribb to JB (in my opinion) had lyrically painted a perfect picture of the endless "What If" possibilities of James Brown.
3) CONSCIOUSNESSLY: Tribb to JB reminds us of what James Brown music stood for: BLACK AWARENESS, BLACK IDENTITY, AND STRENGTH. The last song on the album is an absolute eye opener for Hip-Hop and made a powerful statement you will never forget. Public Enemy had invited a young girl name Autumn on stage at a show from BB Kings Club to do a rendition of James Brown's 1972 song "King Heroin". The song was tribute to one of relatives that died from drug abuse. Autumn might be young, but has a maturity and wisdom of a wise elder woman. This little girl truly touched and moved my heart deeply. This also explains why I have no respect for these "crack dealing rappers" of today like 50 Cents and Young "Snowman" Jeezy glamorizing the drug culture into the fabric of pop culture and don't want to show any accountability for their immature actions in return, affecting innocent families like Autumn's deceased relative.
Her rendition of King Heroin is a true indication that James Brown's legacy will not be forgotten and will be passes on from generation to generation.
After James died, I was very disturbed by 3 things:
THE MAJORITY OF HIP-HOP NOT REPRESENTING AT JAMES BROWN'S FUNERAL: With a huge number turn out for James funeral, I was very disappointed that most of the Hip Hop industry (not to mention the music industry in general) was M.I.A at the funeral. The only people at the funeral who represented Hip Hop were Chuck D and Hammer (much love to both). Even the King of Pop Michael Jackson, who was secretly laying low in the Middle East from the heat of the child molestation trial, put his fame aside and risked the media backlash by traveling to U.S. territory to Augusta, GA to paid his final respect and farwell to his mentor with honor (much love to MJ).
TODAY'S HIP HOP NOT LEARNING & RESPECTING HIS LEGACY: With Hip Hop now being in a state of self-centered selfishness, it was a disrespectful blow to the face that the majority of Hip-Hop did not acknowledge the Godfather's passing. With VIBE & THE SOURCE cluttering the magazine with materialistic ads, half naked women, overrated gossips of the latest Hip Hop beefs, etc. You would think that they would at least take time out to publish a meaningful special edition in paying tribute to James Brown for what he brought to the table for Hip-Hop. Instead, they only gave "the Godfather" a lame tribute and went back to business as usual. They claim to be representing Hip-Hop, yet ROLLING STONE magazine manage to do a far better job in honoring the Godfather with than those two magazines put together.
Hip-Hop owes a debt, and unpaid royalties to James Brown for sampling his music without paying him back or at least giving him credit in the liner notes. Fortunately, Chuck D and ?uestlove from 'the Roots' represented Hip Hop and showed support in a symposium at Princeton University to celebrate the innovations and legacy of James Brown. Among the people present were James Brown's musician legends Fred Wesley, Alfred 'Pee Wee' Ellis, and Alan Leeds, James Brown's former right hand tour manager from back in the heyday. (again much love to Chuck D and ?uestlove)
THE RACIST MUSIC INDUSTRY & MEDIA: The music industry and especially the media has never given James Brown the full recognition and respect that Elvis & the Beatles have gotten. Over the years, the media has overshadowed his unprecedented achievements and accomplishments and highlighted his financial/drug abuse problems, and brushes with the law.
No disrespect to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones since: 1.) my beef is only with the media and music industry, and 2.) the Beatles and especially the Rolling Stones have openly and unapologetically acknowledged and honored their black influences sincerely, but in honesty, how many overrated Elvis Presley/Beatles phenomema stories/tributes do we have to watch and listen to with the music industry/media painting false images of them being "THE" creator's of rock & roll; meanwhile, the music industry is reluctant to thoroughly take time to acknowledge the Godfather's talents and groundbreaking innovations that 1.) was years ahead of the times, 2.) he created from scratch (which is highly rare) that didn't exist before him, 3.) heavily influenced different genres of music including: Rock, Pop, R&B/Soul, Jazz, Reggae, Disco/Dance Music and especially Hip Hop, and 4.) heavily influenced countless people. The 1964 T.A.M.I Show is a prime example of his powerful influence. The director of that show had the Rolling Stones close the show AFTER James Brown & the Famous Flames perform (?????). James Brown got on stage and put on the best performance ever caught on film. The Rolling Stones career could have abruptly ended right there on the spot in front of a sea of screaming teenagers on film, but in a desperate attempt to overcome that setback, Mick started imitating his sloppy chicken scratch version of James Brown's moves. This would become "THE" groundbreaking moment for Mick Jagger and his stage show presence in which from that moment on, would catapult the Rolling Stones career into orbit. If anyone wonders where Mick Jagger got his trademark swagger from, the T.A.M.I. Show is "THE" direct visual source of Mick's main influence: Mr. James Brown.
To end it on this note, please show you support by copping Tribb to JB which will be a special way of saying "Thank you Mr. Brown for making the world a better place with your music"
Personnel: Chuck D (vocals); C-Doc, Tirade, Ronnique "MsRo" Hakwins (vocals); Dirty North, Kendo The Almost Famous, Crew Grrl Order, HeetMob, Most Hi-Fi, Jahi, Professor Griff (rap vocals); Shawn Franklin, Mike Franklin (various instruments); Khari Wynn (guitar); Jason Metcalf (flute, baritone saxophone); Jeff Sheloff (saxophone, horns); Brian Hogans (alto saxophone); Matt Townsend (tenor saxophone); Marc Osterer (trumpet); Matt DePalma (trombone); The Depalma Horns (horns); Victor Burks (keyboards); Ricky Gordon (vibraphone, percussion); Brian Hardgroove (bass guitar); Rocky Bryant (drums); Johnny "Juice" Rosado (congas, bongos, percussion, turntables); DJ President Ike (scratches); Taylor Hairston, Tyler Hairston, Jacquelyn Richards, EEYCS Posse (background vocals); The Slamjamz Artist Revue.
Additional personnel: Kyle "Ice" Jason (vocals); and The baNNed, Public Enemy.