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Funk emerged in the 1960s, a scorching sound that amped up the legacy of R&B and doo-wop in spirit and sonic intensity, and became the precursor of hip-hop. "What It Is!" celebrates this heady, groove-heavy strain of "gut bucket funk" that remains a major force in American music. Twenty-five slabs of serious funk from the vaults of Atlantic, Atco, Warner Bros., Reprise, and Josie Records, with the original A and B sides and all original labels and sleeves. Artists include Tony Alvon & The Belairs, Baby Huey & The Baby Sitters, The TSU Toronadoes, Wilson Pickett, The Commodores, Little Richard, The Meters, Eddie Hazel, and more. Limited to 5,000 units.