Clyde Stubblefield, drummer for James Brown during some of the funk superstar's peak years, and the man who created and performed one of the world's most sampled drum breaks, died of kidney failure on Saturday.
You can hear the instantly recognisable beat on classics like Public Enemy’s Fight the Power, Dr. Dre’s Let Me Ride, and LL Cool J’s Mama Said Knock You Out. It also appears on many more mainstream tracks, including George Michael's Freedom '90.
Of creating the legendary track itself, Stubblefield recalled, "We were sitting up in the studio, getting ready for a session, and I guess when I got set up I just started playing a pattern.
"The bassline came in and the guitar came in and we just had a rhythm going, and if Brown liked it, I just said, 'Well, I'll put something with it.'"
However, Stubblefield was uncredited as a songwriter on the track so saw few earnings from decades of heavy sampling.
"People use my drum patterns on a lot of these songs," he told the New York Times in 2011. "They never gave me credit, never paid me. It didn't bug me or disturb me, but I think it’s disrespectful not to pay people for what they use."
He was reputed to be Prince's favourite drummer, revealing after the star's death that he'd settled debts Stubblefield had accumulated during cancer treatment.
His wife, Jody Hannon, confirmed his death, and that he'd been suffering from kidney disease for a decade.
Many musicians and stars have been quick to react to the news.
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RIP Clyde Stubblefield, who created the hip-hop breakbeat, defined funky drumming, cold sweating, obscene soul, and everything else. pic.twitter.com/yfRr4uWUphFebruary 18, 2017
he gave the drummer more than some.... Thank you for the breaks Clyde Stubblefield RIP https://t.co/WpfOdXqbTJFebruary 18, 2017
Just heard the sad news that the world lost Clyde Stubblefield yesterday. What a loss. What a sweet , brilliant talent. God speed sir.February 18, 2017