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Mandrill 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. Other members of the band included Bundy Cenac (Bass), Neftali Santiago (drums, percussion, vocals), Juaquin Jessup (lead guitar, percussion, vocals), Charles Padro (drums), Claude 'Coffee' Cave II (keyboards, percussion, vocals) and Fudgie Kae Solomon (bass) and Omar Mesa (Guitar).

Their songs have been sampled by many hip-hop acts such as Public Enemy, Shawty Lo, Big L, Kanye West, Jin, and 9th Wonder. They combined funk with many other styles like Latin, salsa, rock, blues and soul.

Some of their songs have been used in the soundtracks 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 the band's most commercially successful album.

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