This song, a highlight of James Brown's Reality album, is a solid example of how Brown's grasp of rhythmic arrangements could transform a song that seems simple on paper into a hard-grooving delight on record. The lyrics of "Funky President" represent the political message song at its simplest, simply asserting that all we need "to get over" is a "funky president." The music is similarly streamlined. However, Brown's recording of the song gives it a shot of life thanks to an intensely funky arrangement that is built on wah-wah-drenched rhythm guitar riff and an infectious drum groove. The song also works in punchy horn riffs and hypnotic electric keyboards to build a densely funky backdrop for Brown's exuberantly soulful vocal. This arrangement made "Funky President" one of Brown's catchiest and most appealing tracks from this era. Sadly, this was only partially reflected in its chart success: it went Top Ten on the R&B charts but missed the pop charts altogether. Despite this mixed success, "Funky President" remains a popular feature on Reality, and the infectious guitar/drum hook that opens the song has become a popular break for hip-hop fans.