A genre of music that uses upbeat rhythms, syncopated basslines and slicey guitars to create music that's good for lovin' or for dancin'.

Funk uses earthy feelings and very African polyrhythms to create a home-cooked kind of sound. It was originally the hardest form of R&B and incorporated jazz in its own way, often meandering into long jams built on a single bass groove.

Some funk pioneers:
James Brown, whose sixties soul hits eventually moved into funk music. Brown was the least psychedelic out of the Trio of Funk Pioneers.

Sly and the Family Stone, who, as many funk bands, began as a psychedelic soul band. Taking the extended jamminess of psychedelica and the black rhythms of soul, they pioneered a new, poppier kind of funk with their album, Stand!.

George Clinton is the last major funk pioneer, and my own personal favourite. Also known as Dr. Funkenstein and Uncle Jam, Clinton's groups Parliament and Funkadelic (and the conglomeration, th P-Funk Allstars) was perhaps the most influential of all three pioneers as they brought funk to a more mainstream audience.

Other funky artists: The Meters, The Ohio Players, Bootsy's Rubber band, The O'Jays.

Artists that were influenced by funk encompass every hip-hop star who has ever had a funky beat. Other artists that were influenced by funk include the Red Hot Chili Peppers, David Bowie (remember Young Americans?), Prince, Stevie Wonder, War (primarily the song Low Rider) and The Neptunes.
That new chili peppers song is pretty good- looks like they're going back to their funkier days.
by oxford blues May 21, 2005
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1) A foul odor.
2) A style of R&B music whose artists include James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic (aka P-Funk) and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
3) Depressed mood.
1) Somebody take out the garbage, it's funking the whole apartment up.
2) I love playing funk bass.
3) I need to get drunk to get out of this funk.
by LudwigVan December 19, 2003
Usag and meaning varies.

1. Bad smell, odiferous, maloderous
2. Depressed state, moody
3. Musical movement/genre
1. Leaving a glass of milk on your windowsill for days on end will result in a distinct miasma, or Funk.
2. Feeling down in the dumps, sort of lazy, edgy or irritable, but without justifiable cause is referred to as being in a Funk.
3. Music speaks for itself- George Clinton & the P Funk All Stars...
by THE REAL JULIA April 20, 2006
Used to be a bad word. Irre-ducible essential pulse, life force, hyperventilatin' Groove. Not only moves, it can re-move; will sit and sit and never go sour.
"If you got Funk, you got style"
by loafybrown May 13, 2006
Slang for high-quality marijuana, originating from Broward County, Florida. Derivatives of the slang include, "James Brown", "George Clinton", etc. All devised so as to elude law enforcement knowledgability.
Who got that funk? Who got that funk? Who got that funk? Broward County got that funk, ya heard?
by Anonymous Man September 05, 2005
funk is a state of mind
Mother Earth is pregnant for the third time, cause y'all have knocked her up. I have tasted the maggots in the mind of the universe...I was not offended, for I knew I had to rise above it all, or drown in my own shit.

-Funkiest sentence ever (heard on "Maggot Brain" by Funkadelic)
by mama connection June 07, 2007
An unfriendly altercation in the Bay Area. Funk means a problem is going to occur momentarily because two opposing groups have just arrived at the same location. In Hawaii they call it beef. In the Bay Area, it's funk.
"There's about to be some funk up in here bro. Some drunk ass fools just walked in talkin' all kinds trash about Jr."

"I hope I don't see JR this time. I've got mad funk with that fool."

"You got some funk?! Bitch!"

"Them boys are funkin' all the time!"
by The Original Iceberg$lim March 08, 2009
Basically its like this:
Soul + drugs = Funk
george clinton plays some funky ass funk
by JCEEZ March 29, 2006

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