Posted Monday, August 12th 2013 @ 4pm
Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner was the leader of the Ohio Players. Along with Parliament Funkadelic and Kool & The Gang, the Ohio Players helped define funk in the early to mid 70s. Sugarfoot co-wrote, sang, and played guitar on some of the group's biggest hits including "Love Rollercoaster" and "Fire". Sugarfoot went solo in 1985 using Zapp as a backing band and Zapp's Roger Troutman, also hailing from Ohio, on production. In the 80s Zapp revolutionized the computer pop of electro. Zapp's innovative funkster Roger Troutman was the master of the talk box - an effects unit that created robotic-sounding vocals. A decade after Zapp's 80s success faded, Troutman enjoyed a renaissance. His music was sampled by a slew of hip-hop artists including 2Pac, Dr. Dre, the Notorious B.I.G., Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg and many others.