Funk You Up

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"Funk You Up"
Single by The Sequence
Released December 1979
Format 12"
Recorded Sugar Hill Studios, November 1979
Genre Funk, old-school hip hop, disco
Length 6:30 (single version)
10:30 (12" version)
Label Sugar Hill
Songwriter(s) Angela Brown, Cheryl Cooke, Gwendolyn Chisolm, Sylvia Robinson
Producer(s) Sylvia Robinson
The Sequence singles chronology
"Funk You Up"
(1979)
"Monster Jam"
(1980)

"Funk You Up"
(1979)
"Monster Jam"
(1980)

"Funk You Up" is a 1979 old school hip hop song recorded by The Sequence for Sugar Hill Records. It is significant as the first hip-hop song to be released by a female rap group (and by a rap group from the Southern United States, as all three members of The Sequence were natives of Columbia, South Carolina), and was the second single released on Sugar Hill, following "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang.[1]

Dr. Dre used interpolations for his 1995 hit "Keep Their Heads Ringin'".[2] In 2003, a semi-remake entitled "Love of My Life Worldwide" appeared on Erykah Badu's album, Worldwide Underground. Erykah Badu's version contained rap vocals from herself, Queen Latifah, Bahamadia and Angie Stone aka The Sequence's Angie B in her later R&B persona.

In 2016, The Sequence claimed that "Uptown Funk" infringed their single "Funk You Up". The decided to sue a year later.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greenberg, Steve; Light, Alan [ed.] (1999). The VIBE History of Hip Hop. Three Rivers Press. p. 28. ISBN 0-609-80503-7
  2. ^ Ego Trip's Book of Rap Lists: Book of Rap Lists. 1999. Macmillan. p. 30. ISBN 0-312-24298-0
  3. ^ Minsker, Evan (October 29, 2016). "Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars Sued Over "Uptown Funk"". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 12, 2018. 
  4. ^ Fabio, Michelle (December 30, 2017). "Bruno Mars And Mark Ronson's 'Uptown Funk' Faces (Yet Another) Copyright Infringement Suit". Forbes. Retrieved April 23, 2018.