Brown died one year ago today at the age of 75, from complications due to pneumonia. To say that Brown crafted the sound that became D.C.'s heartbeat is hardly an understatement.
Go-go is an offshoot of funk, mixed with elements of hip hop, R&B, and blues, and is defined by its communal energy during live shows with call-and-response from the crowd. It's syncopated beat makes dancing unavoidable, and it's hard to walk around D.C. without hearing it blasting from someone's car.
Though certain songs (like E.U.'s "Da Butt," which was featured in Spike Lee's School Daze, and some of Brown's hits) have made it to the mainstream charts, go-go has been a genre that's mostly been contained to the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area.
It's time others felt the joy of the funkiest genre around!