James Brown, AWB funk up Rock Band

Last month, MTV Games announced that Snoop Dogg would become the first non-Beastie Boy rapper to appear in Rock Band. Today, the publisher revealed that three of hip-hop's most-sampled funk acts will be shaking their booties in next week's update to Harmonix's game.Costing $5.49/M$440 on the...

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Last month, MTV Games announced that Snoop Dogg would become the first non-Beastie Boy rapper to appear in Rock Band. Today, the publisher revealed that three of hip-hop's most-sampled funk acts will be shaking their booties in next week's update to Harmonix's game.

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Costing $5.49/M$440 on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Marketplace, the "Get the Funk Out 01" three-pack will feature "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine, Pt. 1" from James Brown, aka Soul Brother #1, aka the Godfather of Soul, aka The Hardest Working Man in Show Business. The late icon's dancefloor favorite will be accompanied by "Pick Up the Pieces," the horn-heavy anthem from the Scottish group Average White Band. Rounding up the trio is "Shining Star" from recent White House guests Earth, Wind, and Fire.

Funkophobes will also have several options in this week's Rock Band update, which contains "All the Things That Go to Make Heaven and Earth" and "Use It" by indie rockers The New Pornographers. Those suffering from iron deficiencies can get a taste of metal courtesy of "Last Resort" and the new single "Lifeline" from Papa Roach. Finally, "Thrash Unreal" from neo-punkers Against Me! will also be available. All tracks will be available a la carte for $1.99/M$160 on PSN and XBLM.

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