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  • Writer's pictureAlicia Payne

Beats Unleashed: Hip Hop Marvel Takes Center Stage at Funk Music Hall of Fame & Exhibition Center

Updated: Sep 15, 2023


David Webb's illustrious career in the music industry began with a humble start inside the Church of God in Christ, where he was inspired by the funky music of his family and the church. As a teenager, Webb's passion for music grew, leading him on a remarkable journey that included pivotal connections with industry veterans like Marshall Jones and Sugarfoot from the Ohio Players. Under Sugarfoot's mentorship, Webb gained invaluable insights into the intricacies of the music business.


During his journey, Webb has created the renowned show "The Funk Chronicles," hosted by the former mayor Rhine Mclin. Marshall Jones famously explained in the show why Dayton, Ohio is so funky, stating that it "slid off the sweat of God's feet and ran into the great Miami River." Webb humorously adds, "When you sweat, your feet get funky!"


Continuing his involvement in the local music scene, Webb immersed himself in the record business, working closely with talented groups that provided and gave him a deep understanding of the ever-changing landscape of the music world.




Webb's multifaceted presence within the music industry also showcased his own musical abilities as a percussionist and keyboardist. Playing an integral role in a band, he further solidified his connection to the funk genre. Webb astutely observes, "Funk is a lost art form, but it is having a revival and coming back," demonstrating his profound understanding of the genre and dedication to its preservation.


As the founder and CEO of the Funk Music Hall Of Fame Exhibition Center, Webb has been instrumental in preserving and promoting funk music. Currently starting a capital campaign at the Salem Mall in Trotwood, he is seeking donations from the local community and worldwide supporters who share his passion for keeping the music of funk alive.


In 2019, Webb's dedication to funk music led him to create the "Funk Box Experience," a traveling exhibit that celebrates the rich history of funk music. Additionally, his YouTube series, the "Funk Chronicles," features insightful interviews with funk artists from around the world. Webb's syndicated radio show, "The Dayton Scene," reaches over 60 radio markets worldwide, further highlighting the rich history of funk music in Dayton.



Webb's profound connection to funk music is evident through the beats, hits, and its influential impact on hip hop. His unwavering commitment to preserving and promoting the funk genre makes him a true champion of this art form. Through his endeavors, Webb continues to unleash the power of funk, leaving an indelible mark on the music industry and inspiring generations to groove to its infectious rhythms. In the final quote, Webb passionately states, "Ohioans are the heart of it all for funk music, and Trotwood, Ohio, along with southwestern Ohio, is the nerve center of funk music." This statement encapsulates the essence of funk's deep roots in Dayton and the significant role that Trotwood and the surrounding areas play in shaping its vibrant sound.


Emphasizing the connection between funk and hip- hop music, Webb ignites curiosity and sparks the desire of hip-hop lovers to explore the origins of where it all started. The mention of Trotwood and southwestern By establishing Ohio as the nerve center of funk music, fans of funk and hip - hop are enticed to explore further into the rich history and significant contributions of this region to the vibrant funk music scene.


Let us gather in Dayton, the special birthplace of funk, and the surrounding Southwestern area, with our sights set on Trotwood, as we celebrate the momentous milestones of 50 years of hip hop and 70 years of funk music. Together, we embark on a captivating journey through the rhythmic legacy that has defined these genres.


Dayton, the beating heart of funk, has woven a tapestry of soulful melodies and infectious rhythms that have touched the world. As we pay homage to the birthplace of this iconic genre, we also celebrate the undeniable influence it has had on the dynamic world of hip hop. These intertwined legacies have shaped the very essence of our musical landscape.


So, let us come together, music lovers and enthusiasts, to honor the spirit of funk and hip hop that resonates throughout Dayton and beyond. In this condensed celebration, we groove to the irresistible beats, dance to the timeless melodies, and pay homage to the pioneers who have paved the way for generations to come.


As we commemorate 50 years of hip hop and 70 years of funk music, let us keep the flame burning brightly, preserving the rich heritage that has shaped our musical identities. Let us continue to spread the love and passion for these genres, forever embracing the soulful rhythms that unite us.


Dayton, the birthplace of funk, and the Southwestern area, with Trotwood at its core, stand as beacons of inspiration and creativity. Together, we carry forward the legacy, celebrating the milestones and keeping the spirit of funk and hip hop alive. Long live the music that moves us, as we groove to the rhythms that have shaped our souls.


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