is a funk
band formed in Brooklyn
, New York City
in 1968. The band was formed by three brothers: Carlos Wilson (trombone, vocals), Lou Wilson (trumpet, vocals) and Ric Wilson (sax, vocals). The brothers were born in Panama
and grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant
area of Brooklyn
. Parts of their songs had been sampled by many hip-hop
acts such as Public Enemy
, Shawty Lo
, Big L
, Kanye West
. Beneath funk they combine many other styles like latin
to create their own colourful style.
Some of their songs have been used in the soundtracks of a couple of movies: The Greatest (1977) directed by Tom Gries and Monte Hellman; and The Warriors (1979) directed by Walter Hill. The band continues to perform live; their signature song is arguably "Fencewalk."
Composite Truth (1973) was band's commercially most successful album (and also artistically - many think). Its predecessor, Mandrill Is (1972), is highly regarded recording as well.