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Hip-hop remembers James Brown
Entertainment Weekly dedicated the music section in its latest issue to the late, great James Brown, and plenty of MCs shared personal stories about the soul legend's impact and influence on hip-hop. "I went to church the other day and they played 'We Gonna Have a Funky Good Time,'" Common told EW. "For oppressed people, it was the light at the end of the tunnel." Nas added that he felt lucky to have the chance to talk to him earlier this year. "I presented an award to him this year," he said. "He smiled while I told him how much he's done for us and how I love him. I'm lucky to have had that moment." Pepa talked about trouble getting one of her and Salt's James Brown samples cleared ("He denied us!"), ?uestlove mentioned that "Brown is the only human being to develop a music style that didn't exist before him," and Ice Cube credited him with "maybe the first gangsta rap song ever... 'The Payback' is an anthem in South Central L.A. to this day." Meanwhile, James Brown's body has yet to be buried as attorneys and his children work to settle issues surrounding his estate, including where he will be laid to rest. For now, his body lies in a sealed casket in his home on Beech Island.

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