James Brown had so much influence on music and dance. You can see his influence on Micheal Jackson combining signing with dancing to become the ultimate entertainer and performer. You hear his music sampled on some of the greatest Hip Hop records by Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, and Ice Cube just to name a few. The world’s most influential dancers such as the Lockers, Rock Steady, Mop Tops, and Soul Brothers were all influenced by his moves. His music inspired and empowered many African Americans and people of color. There’s no doubt the man is a legend.
Here is Cornell West’s James Brown tribute speech at the James Brown Symposium at Princeton University in 2007.
Oratorical master DR. CORNEL WEST pays tribute to the late Godfather of Soul, JAMES BROWN at 2007’s The Genius of James Brown Symposium at Princeton University. The Class of 1943 Professor breaks down the impact and importance of the Hardest Working Man In Show Business in the most deep, thought provoking manner as only Dr. West can muster. A Reelblack exclusive. Special thanks: Princeton University. Recorded on 11/30/2007 by Mike D.
Dr. Cornel West - The Genius of James Brown