Rappers have long been influenced by Charlie Wilson and The Gap Band. Some of hip hop’s biggest stars have been known to use samples and hooks from the two, including Kanye West, Nas, Snoop Dogg, and more. While speaking with HipHopDX, Wilson spoke on how he did not anticipate his influence to be so large.
“I look back, I look at it as kind of a cool deal,” Wilson says in an exclusive interview with HipHopDX. “When we was recording records as The Gap Band, I didn’t have a clue that we’d be around or that we would inspire so many people. I didn’t ever think that I would still be here. First of all, I didn’t think I would make it this far. Let’s just get that straight. I thought that I would be dead a long time ago, but God had a different plan for me.”
“I asked God that if I didn’t do anything, to let me inspire,” he says. “I think that’s what my blessing was, and the reason why he kept me here. I notice that a lot of people from back in the day, when me and my brothers as The Gap Band was comin’ through, some of the poeple was really big superstars at the time and they’ve tried to do some of the same things that I’ve done and just didn’t make it.”
Check out a recent tribute to Charlie Wilson during last year’s BET Awards below: