My Thang

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"My Thang"
Single by James Brown
from the album Hell
B-side "Public Enemy No. 1 - Part I"
Released April 1974 (1974-04)
Format 7" (stereo)
Recorded November 27, 1973, A&R Studios, New York, NY; additional recording March - April 1974, Sound Ideas, New York, NY
Genre Funk
Length 4:20
Label Polydor
Writer(s) James Brown
Producer(s) James Brown
James Brown charting singles chronology
"The Payback - Part I"
"My Thang"
"Papa Don't Take No Mess Part I"

"My Thang" is a funk song written and recorded by James Brown. It was released as a two-part single which spent two weeks at number one on the R&B singles chart - Brown's second #1 in a row, following "The Payback" - and reached No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1974.[1][2] The song also appeared on Brown's 1974 double album Hell.[3]

"My Thang" was also sampled on various Hip-Hop songs, including "Brand New Funk" by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince and "Funky Child" by Lords Of The Underground among others.


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  1. ^ White, Cliff (1991). "Discography". In Star Time (pp. 54–59) [CD booklet]. New York: PolyGram Records.
  2. ^ Leeds, Alan, and Harry Weinger (1991). "Star Time: Song by Song". In Star Time (pp. 46–53) [CD booklet]. New York: PolyGram Records.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 85. 
  4. ^ Leeds, Alan (1995). Hell [CD liner notes]. New York: PolyGram Records.

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