All about the groove.
Funk is all about the groove. Melody and chord progressions take a back seat to the bass and drums.
The individual most responsible for the development of the genre is James Brown. Brown, who would be equally at home in the Soul category, and his band, the Famous Flames, developed the style of playing “on the one,” which emphasized the first downbeat of the measure. He essentially transformed soul music into funk.
Funk reached its heyday in the 1970s and 1980s. Established acts like the Temptations and Stevie Wonder used the style to great success. As with many other Black music genres, a culture developed around Funk that went beyond music. Being funky could refer to one's style of dress or walk.
Funk was crucial to the development of electronic dance music and Hip Hop and a was major inspiration for Prince.
Fellas, I'm ready to get up and do my thing (yeah go ahead!)
I wanta get into it, man, you know (go ahead!)
Like a, like a sex machine, man, (yeah go ahead!)
Movin' and doin' it, you know
Can I count it off? (Go ahead)
One, two, three, four!
"Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine" by James Brown
New Orleans funk originators.
The first great funk bass player.
The Queen of Funk.
The elemental forces of funk.
The Maestro of P-Funk.
The Freaky One.
It went from the underground club scene to the mainstream.
Polished sound and sophisticated production.
A genre unto himself.