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The Peeps of Soulfunk

  • Tribb to JB [Slamjamz, 2007] B+

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Tribb to JB [Slamjamz, 2007]
Chuck D or no Chuck D, an album of James Brown covers has built-in limitations, the inexhaustibility of the originals prominent among them. But the live band proves equal to Brown's grooves, and hip-hop established his adaptability long ago. So the record respects the man enough to interpret and even amend him. Here be prologues and scratches, a woman giving "Man's World" what for and an elementary-school girl reciting "King Heroin." Best of all, here be a "Make It Funky" that names as many of Mr. Brown's works and disciples as Chuck can fit in. B+