'The Story of Funk: One Nation Under a Groove' is a documentary telling the story of the history of funk music. In the 1970s in America, it became a nation under a spell of irresistible new style of music. It bursts into the black community under a time of self-discovery, struggle and social change. The documentary explores the fun and futuristic music that had changed America with its new edge to the meaning of culture with fashion, space-age vision and street-wise slang. The change also gave a platform for a new philosophy, belief system and lifestyle for the black-Americans.
The Mastercuts label's great Classic Jazz-Funk series kicked off in 1991, and like the remainder of volumes released in its wake throughout the '90s, the first volume more or less concentrates on the '70s end of jazz-funk, as opposed to the form's beginnings during the '60s. Jazz artists were incorporating more potent and often easily danceable backbeats and were also allowing for the R&B of the time to infiltrate their sound, causing purists to shriek in horror at the break from tradition and – just as importantly – the crossover appeal.