Ain’t it funky?

Right ladies and gents! I know it’s been a while but im back now woop! Thought I would take things in a slightly different direction today, rather than looking forward to what might take off and who the next stars are going to be, I’m gonna be exploring a handful of tunes that have changed the face of music as we know it and give you some examples.

The first of these is the Funky Drummer by the late James Brown with Clyde Stubblefield on the drums. This drum beat is probably the most sampled piece of drumming ever, featuring in countless hip-hop and rap tracks. So here it is for you, the original beat as performed by Clyde Stubblefield in its various forms, and then an example of it being used in Lyrics of Fury by Eric B and Rakim. Enjoy!

And here it is again in Lyrics of Fury

Up next, we have the Honey Drippers with Impeach the President. Another funk based outfit that changed the future of music! Off the top of my head I can think of roughly 15 tunes that have sampled this drum beat. It’s a nice funky tune and quite rightly deserves its place here as well as recognition for what it has given to the music community.

And now, as an example of it being used in hip-hop, Nas uses the Honey Drippers’ funky beat to good effect along with another slightly well know song by some small time composer…I Know I Can

Almost finally, we have here the Skull Snaps with It’s a New Day. This simple beat has been sampled over and over again so many times it’s impossible to count. Anyway, one example of this beat in ‘action’ is Mobb Deep‘s ‘Give up the Good’s (Just Step)‘. So here they are:

And finally, the last famous break I will put up here is by Lyn Collins in her song Think (about it). The ‘think about it break’ is particularly used in liquid drum and bass as well as ‘atmospheric’ tunes…however, I will obviously be giving you a drum and bass example of this break through Fluxem‘s rather tasty tune Justify. So, for the last time, here come the original and the example!

Now I know that there are lots of break samples that I havent put up on here but there are literally too many to list! just doing a bit of research on hip-hop samples, the lists were monumental! You would have thought that literally every beat of any hip-hop/rap track was sampled from someone else before! However, I do think that the tracks listed here did genuinely change the face of music in a very significant way…even if it was thirty years on!

And that’s it from me! Who knew that the seventies were actually useful?! I hope you enjoyed the little voyage into the origins of music, but don’t worry if you didn’t! I will have have loads of new tracks and exciting prospects to put up soon so do check back!

Take care.


About waagwan

Currently studying Radio Broadcasting at Point Blank Music School London. Just a guy, little bit obsessed with music and the sound of his own voice. Massively into breaks, drum and bass, reggae, hip-hop, ska, punk, house, techno....whatever I can get my hands on!
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