Make It Funky

Make It Funky
For the Information Society song of the same name, see here.
"Make It Funky"
Single by James Brown
A-side "Make It Funky - Pt. 1"
B-side "Make It Funky - Pt. 2"
Released August 1971
Format 7"
Recorded July 13, 1971, at Rodel Studios, Washington, D.C.
Genre Funk
Length 3:34 (Pt. 1)
Label Polydor
Writer(s) James Brown
Charles Bobbitt
Producer James Brown

"Make It Funky" is a song recorded by James Brown with The J.B.'s. It was released as a two-part single in 1971, which reached #1 on the U.S. R&B chart and #22 on the U.S. Pop chart.[1]. The song features the band members chanting the song's title and a prominent organ part played by Brown himself. Brown recorded a continuation of "Make It Funky" (listed as "Parts 3 & 4") in a medley with "My Part" for his album Get on the Good Foot in 1972.

The rapper Ice-T sampled "Make It Funky" in a song of the same name on his 1987 album Rhyme Pays.


  • James Brown - lead vocal, organ

with The J.B.'s:

  • Jerone "Jasaan" Sanford - trumpet, vocals
  • Russell Crimes - trumpet, vocals
  • Fred Wesley - trombone, vocals
  • Jimmy Parker - alto saxophone, vocals
  • St. Clair Pinckney - tenor saxophone, vocals
  • Hearlon "Cheese" Martin - guitar, vocals
  • Robert Coleman - guitar, vocals
  • Fred Thomas - bass, vocals
  • John "Jabo" Starks - drums, vocals
  • Bobby Byrd - vocals
  • Martha Harvin - vocals


  • Leeds, Alan M., and Harry Weinger (1991). Star Time: Song by Song. In Star Time (pp. 46–53) [CD liner notes]. London: Polydor Records.
  • White, Cliff (1991). Discography. In Star Time (pp. 54–59) [CD liner notes]. London: Polydor Records.
  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 85. 

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Preceded by
"Stick-Up" by The Honey Cone
Billboard Best Selling Soul Singles number-one single
October 2, 1971 – October 9, 1971
Succeeded by
"Thin Line Between Love and Hate" by The Persuaders