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BeatTips MusicStudy: James Brown – “Papa Don’t Take No Mess” And “My Thang”

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Once We Were Warriors

By Amir Said (Sa’id)

There’s this movie, Once Were Warriors, that tells the story of a small family in New Zealand, struggling to make it in a world that is quite unfamiliar to their tribal ancestors. In the movie, the main character—the matriarch of the family—comes to a bittersweet but redefining point: She realizes that all of her immediate family’s woes have occurred because of their disconnect to their heritage and tradition.

Watching the following performance of James Brown on Soul Train, gives me such a bittersweet feeling, because it speaks to a time where there was no disconnect to heritage and tradition…

For educational purposes…

James Brown – “Papa Don’t Take No Mess”

James Brown – “My Thang”

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About Author

Amir Said (aka Sa’id) is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BeatTips. A writer, publisher, and beatmaker/rapper from New York, Said is the author of a number of books, including ‘The BeatTips Manual,’ ‘The Art of Sampling,’ ‘Ghetto Brother,’ and ‘The Truth About New York.’ He is also a recording artist with a number of music projects, including his latest album 'The Best of Times.' Follow him on Twitter at: @amirsaid and @BeatTipsManual