Both Angie Stone, along with Blondy, of the 70’s first female hip-hop group, “The Sequence”, publicly spoke out yesterday, via TMZ live, on the facts relating to the issues surrounding the song “Uptown Funk” performed by Bruno Mars. and in relation to the Robinson family and their 1979 song “FunkYou Up”.
This is not and has not been an overnight issue, nor following the Grammy bandwagon party. This fight did not just begin, the issues and paperwork date back going on close to two years, over the songs ‘Uptown Funk” and “Funk You Up”, and with the issue in respects to Bruno dates back to the actual release date of “Uptown Funk”.
Angie Stone is no stranger to the ins and outs of the music business, as she herself is a three Grammy Award nominee.
♢ 2003 Grammy Awards: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for “More Than a Woman” (with Joe)
♢ 2004 Grammy Awards: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “U-Haul”
♢ 2008 Grammy Awards: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for “Baby” (with Betty Wright)
“With respect to Robinson family, it has been quite a lengthy process of formal and informal dealings with the Robinson family”, says Angie Stone. It has been a rough ride for the ladies, in attempts to settle all issues surrounding the music.
According to the members of the group,”The Sequence”, Mark Ronson, along with everyone involved was put on notice upon the release of the song “Uptown Funk”.
After a total of eleven writers were mentioned, as writers, of the song “Uptown Funk”, during this year’s Grammy Awards, and the “Sequence” was then omitted from said list, the fight has taken a different turn.
Other artists who have sampled and used their song “Funk You Up”, are as follows: (besides Bruno Mars)
♢Jimmy (1988), Boogie Down Productions
♢De La Soul (1989), This Is a Recording 4 Living in a Fulltime Era (L.I.F.E.)
♢Dr Dre (1995), Keep Their Heads Ringin’Ring Ding Dong
♢En Vogue (1997), Whatever
♢P. Diddy (2001), Diddy
♢Erykah Badu (2003), Love of My Life Worldwide
That just to name a few, the list goes on.
Cheryl Cook (Cheryl The Pearl), Gwendolyn Chisolm (Blondie), and lead singer/rapper Angie Brown Stone (Angie B.) aka “The Sequence”, will continue to move forward with legal remedies this week.
However, Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, along with their legal counsel should look forward to a resolve as the group would hate for this to get any uglier than it is now. As well as hopefully put this to bed, and move forward in their lives, and do what they do best, making hit records.