In the 1970s, southwest Ohio was a hotbed for funk, especially the kind that would be instrumental (literally) in the development of West Coast G-Funk.
Since then, the music of The Ohio Players, Zapp, Lakeside, Heatwave and Faze-O has continued to influence funkified musicians like Dâm-Funk, Thundercat, Redinho and 100s, and at times, it seems that funk has come full circle — a development truly exemplified by Steve Arrington.
Arrington was a member of Slave, a key part of Dayton’s funk scene best known for hits ‘Just A Touch of Love’ and ‘Watching You’. After finding success with Slave, he struck out on his own in the mid-80s before leaving the music industry in 1990 to become a minister. And while he returned to the music business in 2009, it wasn’t until he linked up with Dâm-Funk a few years later that Arrington would fully commune with the music he helped birth back in Dayton.