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BeatTips MusicStudy: Willie Henderson – “Off Into A Black Thing”


Early 1970s Funk That Rumbles And Rolls


Whenever I hear an early funk number like Willie Henderson’s “Off Into A Black Thing,” I always imagine what it was like for the original b-boys (early/mid-1970s) to hear this music, and just simply go buck wild on the dance floor. Energy! It’s that same energy that I try to channel into my approach to beatmaking. After all, when you come down to it, it is the source of what I do.

The music and video below is presented here for the purpose of scholarship.

Willie Henderson – “Off Into A Black Thing”

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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