Itâ€™s no secret that James Brown, The GodFather of Soul has been a major influence on Pete Rock; arguably the most Soulful hip hop musician of all time.
As James Brownâ€™s highly anticipated Biopic â€œGet On Upâ€ premieres today, Pete Rock reflects on his meeting with his hero.
Â â€œWhen I met James Brown, I think he passed along something to me when I shook his hand. I look at that today, and I say, â€œDamn, I think James Brown gave me a piece of his [soul] power.â€Â Â He came toÂ Mount VernonÂ and he did a concert with Bobby Bird and The JBS in my hood at a spot called theÂ Left Bank. And Iâ€™m telling you Iâ€™ve never seenÂ Mount VernonÂ so poppinâ€™ in my entire life! It was always poppinâ€™â€“donâ€™t get it twistedâ€“because we used to do little parties in the hood and stuff like that and everybody would come out.
But James Brown â€” I mean I was seven years old, me and my brother Grap, and we walked in the joint and my mother talked to one of Jamesâ€™ bodyguards or managers or something and was asking him, â€œYo, can my kids meet James?â€ And the next thing you know, he came up behind us and I shook his hand and he was like, â€œGod bless you man, God bless you.â€ And he shook my motherâ€™s hand and he shook my brotherâ€™s hand. And it left something with me. This was before he got on stage. He shook our hands and then we watched the show. And I left that place not the same. So you see how strong black music can be. It had a heavy impact on me in my life.â€
Â Enjoy Pete Rockâ€™s â€œJames Brown Tributeâ€ Mix and be sure to visitÂ peterock.comÂ for your Soul Brother Logo Tee.