Clyde Stubblefield, James Brown's drummer and creator of the "Funky Drummer" breakbeat, passed away at 73.
Clyde Stubblefield, the drummer for James Brown whose solo on "Funky Drummer" became a backbone of hip hop sampling, died of kidney failure on Saturday. He was 73.
Stubblefield's groove on the 1970 song "Funky Drummer" has been sampled by LL Cool J (“Mama Said Knock You Out”), Dr. Dre ("Let Me Ride"), Public Enemy (“Fight the Power”), N.W.A. (“Fuck tha Police”), and countless other artists.
“There have been faster, and there have been stronger, but Clyde Stubblefield has a marksman’s left hand unlike any drummer in the 20th century,” Questlove said in a 2011 interview with the New York Times: “It is he who defined funk music.”
RIP the OG Funky Drummer Clyde Stubblefield. 😔— Just Blaze (@JustBlaze) February 18, 2017
This one hurts.
RIP Clyde Stubblefield, who created the hip-hop breakbeat, defined funky drumming, cold sweating, obscene soul, and everything else. pic.twitter.com/yfRr4uWUph— Otto Von Biz Markie (@Passionweiss) February 18, 2017
Clyde Stubblefield solo at the Boston Garden in 68. I'm sure people have drummed this well but no one ever drummed better. pic.twitter.com/GEf3oKd3al— Otto Von Biz Markie (@Passionweiss) February 18, 2017
there are drummers, and Then There Are DRUMMERS!— DJ Premier (@REALDJPREMIER) February 19, 2017
R.I.P. To The Legend
Clyde "Funky Drummer" Stubblefield...The Heartbeat Of James Brown pic.twitter.com/pT9ex9kA2w
give the drummer some.— dadmosphere (@atmosphere) February 19, 2017
rest in peace Clyde Stubblefield
R.I.P. to the 'funky drummer' - Clyde Stubblefield - from the entire PE family. pic.twitter.com/5eTF8DvM0v— PUBLIC ENEMY (@PublicEnemyFTP) February 19, 2017