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DJ Sessions: 'Crunkadelic Funk' And Beyond

Three-time Grammy Award winner Mark Ronson. (Rebecca Cabage/Invision/AP)
Three-time Grammy Award winner Mark Ronson. (Rebecca Cabage/Invision/AP)
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For this edition of the Here & Now DJ Sessions, we sit down with DeBraun Thomas, host of the Crunkadelic Funk Show on WUKY public radio in Lexington, Kentucky.

"I play anything that is deemed funky and soulful. Anything that brings out emotion," he told host Jeremy Hobson. That includes older music, from artists like Betty Davis and Eddie Hazel, to newer sounds. He says that the funk and soul of the '60s and '70s has inspired a lot of music coming out in recent years.

He cites new music from Mark Ronson, and a new album from Snoop Dogg that features both Stevie Wonder and Charlie Wilson.

"It just makes me smile that there is a resurgence of this music in the mainstream," he said. "It's not kind of washed away with a lot of the things you see in modern pop nowadays."

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Music From The Segment

Betty Davis, "Your Mama Wants Ya Back"

Eddie Hazel, "California Dreamin'"

Mark Ronson (Feat. Andrew Wyatt), "Heavy And Rolling"

Jill Scott, "You Don't Know"


This segment aired on May 28, 2015.


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