From One Soul Brother To Another, Pete Rock Salutes James Brown (Audio)
Today (August 1), James Brown biopic Get On Up has its theatrical opening. In celebration of the Mick Jagger-produced film, Pete Rock—who’s Soul Brother #1 moniker is a nod to James Brown’s own name—made a mix celebrating his love for the late, legend. The mixtape, quite fittingly, is called #GetOnUp, and features a Hip-Hop Head’s library of James Brown’s various points of impact:
Additionally, Pete Rock opened up in a statement, regarding meeting “The Hardest Working Man In Show Business” at seven years old in “money-earnin'” Mount Vernon: “When 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, ‘Damn, I think James Brown gave me a piece of his [soul] power.’ He came to Mount Vernon and he did a concert with Bobby Byrd and The JB’s in my hood at a spot called the Left Bank. And I’m telling you I’ve never seen Mount Vernon so poppin’ in my entire life! It was always poppin’–don’t get it twisted–because we used to do little parties in the hood and stuff like that and everybody would come out. But James Brown—I mean I was seven years old, me and my brother Grap [Luva], and we walked in the joint and my mother talked to one of James’ bodyguards or managers or something and was asking him, ‘Yo, can my kids meet James?’ And the next thing you know, he came up behind us and I shook his hand and he was like, ‘God bless you man, God bless you.’ And he shook my mother’s hand and he shook my brother’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.”
With a James Brown tattoo on his arm (remember, Ab-Soul has a P.R. tat on his), Pete keeps the Funk alive, and the Soul, and the sass.