Think (About It)

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"Think (About It)"
ThinkAboutIt.jpg
Single by Lyn Collins
from the album Think (About It)
A-side"Think (About It)"
B-side"Ain't No Sunshine"
ReleasedJune 1972
Format7" single
GenreFunk
Length3:18
LabelPeople
PE 608
Songwriter(s)James Brown
Producer(s)James Brown
Lyn Collins singles chronology
"Think (About It)"
(1972)
"Me And My Baby Got A Good Thing Going"
(1972)

"Think (About It)" is a funk song recorded by Lyn Collins and released as a single on James Brown's People Records in 1972. The recording was produced by Brown (who also wrote the song) and features instrumental backing from his band The J.B.'s. It was the title track of Collins' 1972 debut album. The song is very popular for its raw drumbeat dressed with tambourine and multiple background vocals, which suggest the song was recorded altogether in one take. It peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Best Selling Soul Singles chart and No. 66 on the Hot 100.[1] Owing to the composition, it became a fan favourite and has been featured on various compilation albums posthumously. In the closing lyrics, Collins sings lines from "Think", which shows that this song was one of the few adaptations of the 5 Royales song that Brown loved to do.

Sampling[edit]

Along with "Funky Drummer" and "Funky President", "Think (About It)" is one of the most frequently sampled James Brown productions, having been used on tracks by hundreds of hip hop and dance music artists.[2] The song appeared on the 16th volume of the Ultimate Breaks and Beats compilation series in 1986, shortly before the release of the E-mu SP-1200 sampler in 1987. This resulted in "Think" being sampled heavily in the ensuing years. Both the song's main drumbeat and a vocal passage known as the Yeah! Woo! break have been used as samples. Other surrounding vocals such as the lively atmosphere of the band have been used on a loop in hip hop before, such as in Wiley's "Never Be Your Woman".

Songs which sample "Think (About It)"[edit]

"Think (About It)" has been sampled in more than 2000 songs;[3] some of those songs are:

Cover versions[edit]

  • Bonnie Bramlett covered this song in 1976 for her album Lady's Choice.

Appearances in other media[edit]

"Think (About It)" appears on the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas soundtrack on the Master Sounds 98.3 station. It is also used in two stage themes of the 1997 video game Street Fighter III: New Generation.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 128.
  2. ^ Chennault, Sam Gold Digger: Two Decades of Kanye West Samples Third Bridge Creative. March 24, 2016
  3. ^ "Think (About It) by Lyn Collins on WhoSampled". WhoSampled.
  4. ^ "Barbara Tucker - Think (About It)". Discogs.
  5. ^ "Dance Club Songs – January 13, 2018". Billboard. January 9, 2016. Retrieved January 9, 2018.

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