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Album: HellReleased: 1974Charted:
James Brown scored the soundtrack for the blaxploitation flick Black Caesar in 1973 and wrote this and other songs for the sequel Hell Up in Harlem. Director Larry Cohen, however, didn't like any of the music Brown recorded and rejected it all. He hired Motown's Edwin Starr to replace him, but Brown wasn't about to let his work go to waste. The majority of the nixed soundtrack became his 1973 album The Payback, but this song ended up on his following album, Hell.
The full-length version of this song runs nearly 14 minutes and includes a piano solo by Brown, but an edited version was also released as a two-part single.
Although it was snubbed for the Hell Up in Harlem score, this song has made the cut for several other soundtracks, including Spike Lee's Get on the Bus (1996), The Woodsman (2004), Twisted (2004) and Guess Who (2005).