The Kings Of Funk
UK deep funk pioneer Keb Darge and Wu-Tang mastermind Rza, compile and mix-down their funk favorites on the double disc Kings of Funk. The beauty of this collection is that it is composed of the cream-of-the-crop from a genre that laid the foundation for hip-hop, through both its soulful sounds and by delivering social commentary through raw energy. Ken Boothe decries racism on "Is It Because I'm Black," while Anne Peebles chronicles the confessions of a cheating woman on "You've Got the Papers (I've Got the Man)," and Sharon Jones and Dap-Kings' "Genuine" is a call for female empowerment. Whether you've been listening to funk for years or are a hip-hop head interested in exploring where it all began, Kings of Funk will definitely be a worthy addition to your album collection.