I always liked digging for the original sources of Hip-Hop tracks I like because usually I like the original better than the new version. In this playlist, both versions are dope!
Rappers have transformed some bad-ass breaks, and beautiful hooks into wonderful new art in their own right, adding remarkable rhymes & smart stories.
These selections are some of my favorite Hip-Hop tracks, and/or I just like the choice of original song to sample, as well as what they do with it. Enjoy…
Listen to some of the dopest Hip-Hop songs ever made, plus their Jazz & Funk inspirations…
If you don’t have Spotify listen to these superb songs here…
Can I Kick It? — Funky Hip-Hop & Its Jazz & Funk Roots
Talkin’ All That Jazz
They turned Lonnie Liston Smith’s Jazz Funk classic, “Expansions” into one of the most loved songs of 1980s Hip-Hop — “Talkin’ All That Jazz.” It’s a commentary on the early criticism & theft accusations against the original rappers.
Watch & listen to Stetsasonic make their case for the value of Hip-Hop sampling old Jazz & Funk records…
I Know You Got Soul
If I Had A Penny For My Thoughts I’d Be A Millionaire…
Paul’s Boutique is the ultimate treasure trove of sampling — everything from James Brown to Johnny Cash to Bob Marley to Blag Flag (and so much more) — is in there. With the help of the Dust Brothers, The Beastie Boys sampled to create completely new songs — classics in their own right. If you want to dig into all of them, check out http://www.paulsboutique.info/ for assistance. And, click here to listen to a 6.5 hour Spotify playlist of songs The Beastie Boys sampled on Paul’s Boutique by Funkish subscriber, Sharon.
In this Spotify playlist, listen to “Loose Booty” from Sly & The Family Stone, the foundation of one of my favorite songs from The Beastie Boys — “Shadrach.”
Music Takes Me, Music Saved Me
…Yes You Can!
Hey, Hey What’cha Got To Say?
Jump On It, Jump On It
Unique Rhymes For Your Feet To Shuffle
Then, they close out this Spotify playlist with “Give The Drummer Some” which samples the James Brown song, “Funky Drummer,” which was actually a flop until Hip-Hop groups started sampling it in the 1980s.
Paying Tribute To Classic Jazz, Old-School Funk & Soul Music
Hip-Hop artists did a lot to generate interest in obscure Funk, Soul, and Jazz. Now, crate diggers and music fanatics can thank them for turning us on to marvelous music we might not have ever listened to.