Make It Funky

James Brown

About Make It Funky

"Make It Funky" is a jam session recorded by James Brown with The J. B.'s. It was released as a two-part single in 1971, which reached #1 on the U. S. R&B chart and #22 on the U. S. Pop chart.


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(Bobby asks) 
What you gonna play now? 
(James Brown says:) 
Bobby, I don't know but what's it ever I play 
Its got to be funky! 
(Bobby says:) 

(Make it funky) 
(Make it funky) huh! 
(Make it funky) I got-ta 
(Make it funky) 
(Make it funky) 
(Make it funky) 
Tell me it is 
(Make it funky) 
So it is 
(Make it funky) 
Got to do it now 
(Make it funky) 
I got to do it now 
(Make it funky) 
Oh yes! 
(Make it funky) 
(Make it funky) 
(Make it funky) 
(Make it funky) 
(Make it funky) 
(Make it funky) 
(Make it funky) 
(Make it funky) 

Oh yes I got-ta (make it funky) 
I got the need to (make it funky) 
I want ta say now (make it funky) 
Oh yes I got to do it now 
(Make it funky) 
(Make it funky) 
Oh yes I got-ta do it now 
(Make it funky) 
(Make it funky) 
(Make if funky) 
(Make it funky) 

The drum beat (make it funky) 
Got-ta hear the drum beat (make it funky) 
Funky with the beat (make it funky) 
The beat (make it funky) 
Ha! (make it funky) 
Good Lord! (make it funky) 
ain't it nice ha-ha-ha (make it funky) 
Good Lord!(make it funky) 

Take me home! (make it funky) 
To the bridge (make it funky) 
To the bridge (make it funky) 

So funky I can't help it! 

Neck bones-candy yams-turnips 
Its for the snake! 
Its for the snake! 
Drift straight 
Crackin bread..ha ha

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James Brown

James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and recording artist. He is the originator of funk music and is a major figure of 20th century popular music and dance. more »

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Written by: JAMES BROWN

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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15 facts about this song

Song Production
"Make it Funky" is a song released by American musician James Brown in 1971.
Album Inclusion
The track is included in Brown's 36th studio album entitled "Hot Pants".
Track Sales
The song is a commercially successful hit, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard R&B chart.
Notable Features
The song features a strong rhythmic groove and unique phrasing that are classic hallmarks of Brown's funk style.
James Brown wrote the song in collaboration with Charles Bobbit, his personal manager.
Musical Style
The song is characterized by a repetitive, driving bass line, and it is considered a fundamental part of the development of funk music.
The song's catchy and compelling sound made it a popular choice for future sample use by various hip-hop artists.
The song features an extended instrumental section, allowing for extensive improvisation during live performances.
Brown's then-rhythm section, recognized as The J.B.'s, contributed to the memorable groove of "Make It Funky," and the song particularly highlights the skills of bassist Fred Thomas.
The track also features renowned trombone player Fred Wesley, saxophonist Maceo Parker, and drummer Jabo Starks, all regular performers in Brown's band.
Record Label
"Make it Funky" was released through Polydor Records, the record label Brown was signed to most of his career.
Lengthy Composition
Unlike many of Brown's previous songs, "Make it Funky" runs over twelve minutes long.
Musical Transition
The song represents Brown's transition from a predominantly soul and R&B-based sound to a significantly more funk-oriented style.
Cultural Impact
“Make It Funky” signaled the final stage of a stylistic change in Black popular music, which started in the 1960s while advancing new dance styles and attitudes about race, sex, and African American identity in popular culture.
Prolonged Chart Position
"Make It Funky", aside from topping the R&B charts, also managed to stay in the top position for a considerable period, retaining its No. 1 spot for three weeks.

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