Rest in Peace Clyde Stubblefield aka The Funky Drummer passes away at 73.

Over the weekend we lost a legend, an iconic man in Pre – Hiphop History. The most sampled drummer in the world, James Brown’s one time drummer and many many more great things. Clyde Stubblefield passed away at the age of 73 in Madison Wisconsin.

Stubblefield was the drummer behind such great classics as “Ain’t it Funky Now”, “I Got The Feeling”, “Cold Sweat”. His drum breaks can be heard in classic Hiphop tracks like N.W.A’s “Fuck tha Police”, LL Cool J’s “Mama said Knock You Out”, Dr. Dre’s “Let me ride” as well as the classic Public Enemy tracks “Bring the Noise”, “Rebel Without a Pause” and “Fight The Power”.

The music world sent out their condolences as just about every major news source wrote a piece on his passing. Legendary The Roots drummer, Questlove, has this to say.

I was lucky to have gotten down to and met the man a few years back at Breakin The Law, in Madison Wisconsin. Check out the clip below. Clyde takes over the break at 4:00

(Audio warning to headphone users).

You can find a big segment on Clyde Stubblefield in the documentary Copyright Criminals.

Thankful to have met the man. Be at peace Mr. Stubblefield.

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