We lost another musical great yesterday as Chuck Brown passed away at 75. Outside of the DMV (DC, Maryland and Virginia) he is probably best known for his song, Bustin’ Loose and his work with The Soul Searchers. If you aren’t familiar with the name The Soul Searchers then you’re probably familiar with a drum break that pops up 3 1/2 minutes into their song “Ashley’s Roachclip,” the foundation for Eric B and Rakim’s “Paid in Full,” PM Dawn’s “set Adrift on Memory Bliss,” Ice Cube, Big Daddy Kane, Milli Vanilli, damn near everyone jacked it during the late 80’s, early 90’s.
For those from the DMV, we know his as the Godfather of Go-go, a musical genre that originated in Washington D.C. with a heavy emphasis on funk, r & b, Hiphop and percussion. If you don’t hear congas then it isn’t Go-go.
As a DC area native a lot of us have our own personal Chuck Brown stories, I saw him on a number of occasions just eating lunch while chillin’ with the fans. Naturally, he was all over local commercials and he consistent presence resulted in a street being named after him in Northwest DC.
I would recommend you dig into his discography to fully embrace his sound and understand the influence he had on artists over the years. Run Joe.