I know James has been gone for almost 2 months ( and they still haven't buried him! You think Anna Nicolle Smith has a messed up final resting place battle!) but lately I have been really digging into his back catalog of music. Its amazing to explore the road he traveled musically and also what a impact he had on so many styles of music.
Funk, Soul, R&B, Rap/Hiphop would have been drastically different without his influence.
Its a shame that so many have the memory of him in his later years. His life was often turbulent and he had a ego the size of Texas......but his drive for perfection and success took him to heights that few have ever approached.
If you look to the right. I made comment about 2 songs that have really dug into me. If you can find them on I-Tunes or whatever look them up. It might surprise you how literate and biting the lyrics are in these songs.
James was always about the groove first, but the man truly could sing and the showmanship has influenced Prince and Michael (when he was cool) greatly, and they both acknowledge it.