Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go, has died.
The legendary musician had been previously diagnosed with pneumonia about a week ago.
Brown is considered the man that pioneered Go-Go music, an art form that HIp-Hop has embraced through the years. Wale, a rapper on Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group, used to rap heavily over Go-Go beats. “RIP to the Legend …Chuck Brown. u will be missed worldwide,” Wale said from his Twitter account. Also, in the late ’80s “Da Butt”was a song Hip-Hoppers loved from the group EU.
But Brown was the pioneer of the accomplishments from the aforementioned artists, and his influence goes back to the 1970s. In 1978, he and his band The Soul Searchers scored a major hit in “Bustin’ Loose,” which hit #1 on the charts. Nelly sampled the song in his 2002 smash record, “Hot In Herre.”
At the time of his death, Brown had cancelled several performance dates.
He was 75.