Soul icon James Joseph Brown died 4 years ago on Christmas Day in 2006. It goes without saying that James Brown was indeed a musical and cultural icon that influenced every genre of music, including hip-hop.
In 2010, Long Beach, Calif. rapper LMNO and DC-based producer Kev Brown dropped a collaborative album that was largely slept-on by rap critics. The duo's LP Selective Hearing, Part 2 was a fantastic LP of on-the-mic rapping and head-nodding productions that were inspired by the music of the late Godfather of Soul. Examples of that can be heard on the funky "Ya Know" and "James Brown, Pt. 2."
LMNO & Kev Brown -- "Ya Know"
Rest in Soul Power, James Brown.