May 17th, 2012
10:36 AM ET
"Godfather of Go-Go" Chuck Brown was especially cherished in the Washington, D.C.-area - or, as it's called, the DMV - but his pioneering style spread far beyond that locale.
Described as percussive bass music that blends jazz, funk and soul, the Go-Go sound has remained vibrant for decades, with a recent example being "Love," which the late Brown, who died at 75 Wednesday, worked on with Jill Scott and Marcus Miller.
R&B artist Scott tweeted of Brown Wednesday:
Some of you may not remember Brown, but if you can recall the rapper Nelly's inescapable 2002 hit "Hot in Herre," you'll realize you're well-acquainted with Brown's music, which the song sampled.
As news of his death spread Wednesday, other celebs chimed in, posting their condolences and reiterating how influential Brown was. The artist will surely be missed:
The hip-hop artist/actor Common wrote on Facebook, "May God bless the soul of The God Father of GoGo Chuck Brown! I know the DMV will be celebrating his art and contribution to music this weekend!"
As we honor the memory of Brown, we recommend following Roland Martin's example and do a little "Bustin' Loose" of your own:
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