Menahan Street Band

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Menahan Street Band
Charles Bradley - The Menahan Street Band (Jazz Fest Wien 2011) 01.jpg
Menahan Street Band & Charles Bradley (Jazz Fest Wien 2011)
Background information
Origin Brooklyn, New York, United States
Genres Afrobeat, funk, jazz, soul
Years active 2007 – present
Labels Dunham Records, Daptone
Associated acts Antibalas, Budos Band, El Michels Affair, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley
Members Thomas Brenneck (guitar)
Nick Movshon (bass)
Homer Steinweiss (drums)
Mike Deller (organ)
Dave Guy (trumpet)
Leon Michels (saxophone)

Menahan Street Band is a Brooklyn, New York-based instrumental band formed in 2007, that plays funk and soul music. The band features musicians from Antibalas, El Michels Affair, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and the Budos Band. The group was founded by Thomas Brenneck while living in an apartment on Menahan St. in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick. Their debut album, Make the Road by Walking, was released in 2008 on Dunham, a sublabel of Daptone Records.

Various songs from Make the Road by Walking have been sampled by hip hop artists, including the title track, which was sampled by Jay-Z on the track "Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)...",[1] "Going The Distance", which was sampled by Kid Cudi on his song "Solo Dolo Pt.II" featuring Kendrick Lamar on Cudi's third studio album Indicud, and "The Traitor," sampled by 50 Cent on his mixtape War Angel LP and by Cudi on his debut album Man on the Moon: The End of Day. In addition, the song "Tired of Fighting" is used as a primary sample in Kendrick Lamar's "Faith" from his eponymous 2009 EP.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Label
2008 Make the Road by Walking Dunham Records
2012 The Crossing Dunham Records


Year Title Credited to Format
2006 "Make the Road by Walking" / "Karina" Menahan Street Band 7"
2007 "The World (Is Going Up In Flames)" / "Heartaches and Pain" Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band 7"
2008 "The Telephone Song" / "Tired Of Fighting" Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band 7"
2009 "The Wolf" / "Bushwick Lullaby" Menahan Street Band 7"
2011 "Heart Of Gold" / "In You (I Found A Love)" Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band 7"
2011 "The Crossing" / "Everyday A Dream" Menahan Street Band 7"
2012 "Lights Out / Keep Coming Back" Menahan Street Band 7"


  1. ^ "The 100 Best Songs of 2007". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 27, 2007. 

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