"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]

"Funk You Up"
Single by The Sequence
ReleasedDecember 1979
RecordedSugar Hill Studios, November 1979
GenreFunk, old-school hip hop, rap
Length6:30 (single version)
10:30 (12" version)
LabelSugar Hill
Songwriter(s)Angela Brown, Cheryl Cooke, Gwendolyn Chisolm, Sylvia Robinson
Producer(s)Sylvia Robinson
The Sequence singles chronology
"Funk You Up"
"Monster Jam"

Sampling edit

The opening guitar and synth-drums were sampled in Organized Rhyme's single, "Check the O.R." 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 a.k.a. the Sequence's Angie B in her later R&B persona.

In 1997, En Vogue sampled the song on their remix of "Whatever" featuring Ol' Dirty Bastard.

In 2016, the Sequence claimed that Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk" infringed their single "Funk You Up". They decided to sue a year later.[3][4]

In 2022, Katy Perry did an advertisement for food delivery service Just Eat which interpolated "Funk You Up" (There were alternative versions for the Menulog and SkipTheDishes adverts).

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.