I take back what I said about Juicy. Stuntin’ Like My Daddy (by Birdman & Lil Wayne) has easily been mashed up and remixed more than any song ever. Here’s a sampler:
Stuntin with a Milli (Lil Wayne v. Phoenix v. Pretty Lights) by Basic Physics
No Stuntin’ No Cry (Lil Wayne v. Bob Marley) by DJ Moondance
Stuntin Like Mufasa (Lil Wayne v. Simba) by DJDOYOU
Stuntin Like My Dani (Lil Wayne v. RHCP) by wait what
Stuntin’ Like My Energy (Lil Wayne v. Keri Hilson) by The White Panda
Stuntin Like My Only Swerving by BEARBOT
Stuntin 182 (Blink 182 v. Train. v. Birdman v. Lil Wayne) by DJ Moondance
Stuntin’ Like Atari ft Lil Wayne & Birdman by Xaphoon Jones
Stuntin’ Like My Guitar by A-Trak
Stuntin’ Like My Daddy (Remix) by Benjamin Dranklin
Stuntin’ Like My Daddy by Birdman & Lil Wayne (the original)
My dear friend Whiskers came through yet again with a GREAT find. In a way, I almost expected it though, since we’re talking about Dilla here (he produced Tribe’s Find a Way). This is one of the more unique samples I’ve heard, since he grabs both the vocal melody and the key chunk for the beat from the track.
The jam is called Technova (La em Copacabana) by Tova Tei (a DJ from Tokyo who has produced a ton of music). Highlights: 1:05 and 2:30 (especially 2:30).
Technova by Tova Tei
Find a Way by A Tribe Called Quest
Find a Way
Yet another by Benjamin Dranklin. Too nasty. I don’t need to say anything more…just listen to it!
Soulful Stand Up (Ludacris vs. Young-Holt Unlimited) by Benjamin Dranklin
Deep down, in the darkest corners of our subconscious, we have an eerie, inescapable feeling that there is only one diabolical, haunting yet undeniably talented man responsible for every summer hit since 2000.
His name is Dr. Luke.
A guitar-playing dropout from the Manhattan School of Music, Luke eventually found a gig at SNL, and stayed there for ten years, up until 2007. His SNL gig didn’t stop him from pumping out Billboard Number Ones, however. His first major hit, Since U Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson, came out in 2004. Since then, he’s added an insane number of monster singles to his collection:
In chronological order:
Behind These Hazel Eyes by Kelly Clarkson
Just Want You to Know by The Backstreet Boys
Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne
Hot n’ Cold by Katy Perry
I Kissed a Girl by Katy Perry
My Life Would Suck Without You by Kelly Clarkson
Right Round by Flo Rida
Party in the U.S.A. by Miley Cyrus
Tik Tok by Ke$ha
Your Love is My Drug by Ke$ha
California Gurls by Katy Perry
Teenage Dream by Katy Perry
And way too many more. The guy is absolutely absurd. I read about him in this article from New York Magazine from June 20th.
Now our worst fears are confirmed: all of the pop stars we know and love are actually talentless coattail-riders of a music school dropout! Too harsh? Probably not.
The Funky Drummer is up there, but the Amen Break easily takes the cake for the most ubiquitous beat in hip hop. I came across a lengthy YouTube clip, “The World’s Most Important 6 Second Drum Beat”, which gives a detailed history of the Amen Break. If you have 20 minutes to spare, it’s definitely worth checking out.
If you don’t have the time, I’ll give a quick summary. The Amen Break is a six second sample taken from the soul song Amen, Brother by The Winstons, recorded in 1960. Gregory Coleman was the drummer on the track, and to date has not received any compensation for the use of his drum break in hip hop. Some have gone as far to say that the Amen Break singlehandedly “spawned several entire subcultures” of music.
The Amen Break
A few of the more notable songs that use the Amen Break (there are hundreds):
Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A.
You Know I’m No Good by Amy Winehouse
Hip Hop Is Dead by Nas
Fight the Power by Public Enemy
Casualties of War by Eric B and Rakim
Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A.
If you want to listen to more famous hip hop drum loops, check out Crate King’s post on “The 30 Greatest Hip Hop Drum Breaks & Samples of All Time.” They snatched the break out of each song so you won’t have to listen to each all the way through to hear the loop.
Kanye sampled like crazy on Graduation. To name a few…
P.Y.T. by Michael Jackson in Good Life (slowed down)
Kid Charlemagne by Steely Dan in Champion
Someone Saved My Life Tonight by Elton John in Good Morning
Long Red by Mountain in Barry Bonds (the scream)
Save the Country by Laura Nyro in The Glory (sped up)
You can check out each of these sampled tracks on YouTube by clicking on the links. I’ve marked the time where the sample occurs in each video, so when you click, you should immediately be directed to the part of the song where you’ll hear the sample.
His sampling of My Song by Labi Siffre in I Wonder is particularly well done. And since I Wonder is such an underrated song on Graduation, I figured Siffre’s jam would be a good sample to show. Check it out–Kanye’s sample occurs around 0:38.
My Song by Labi Siffre
I Wonder by Kanye West
Ozonian (who also answers to the name Benjamin Dranklin) can hang with the Hood Internet, wait what, Party Ben, Mother Earth, whoever. The kid needs to blow up. He just came out several new tracks, including two gems: a remix of Gem ’em High by Kanye and a mash-up of Death Cab for Cutie and Wiz Khalifa, Say Yeah on a Hotel Bed. Follow him on Soundcloud and help him get huge!
Gem ’em High (Remix) by Kanye West
Say Yeah on a Hotel Bed (Death Cab for Cutie vs. Wiz Khalifa)