Ultimate Breakbeats, Pt. 4
by Chuck Eddy | October 7, 2013
This is the fourth installment (of five) collecting tracks that appeared on the late '80s Ultimate Breaks and Beats series of vinyl compilations bootlegged for use by hip-hop producers and DJs. Per usual, there's plenty of classic soul, from Rufus Thomas, Joe Tex, Solomon Burke, James Brown and his backing band The JB's, not to mention more urbane types such as Barry White and Bill Withers. And also per usual, other selections are more obscure and out of left field: T.K. Records-associated Florida bands All the People and Miami; L.A. studio group Afrique (still called Chubukos when they released "House of the Rising Funk" as a 45 in 1969); Latin-funking Spanish rock band Barrabas; proto-rapping Last Poet Lightnin' Rod from 1973's street-gangsta opera Hustler's Convention; even British techno-pop originator Gary Numan doing his surprisingly 16th-note clobbering space-rocker "Films," from the same album that featured his hit "Cars." Proving, once again, that funky beats can come from most anywhere. Below is a rundown of fairly well-known tracks where you might have heard most of these songs sampled. For countless more, feel free to search the database at whosampled.com.
Johnny Pate: Jay-Z, "Show Me What You Got"; The Prodigy, "Voodoo People"
Lightnin' Rod: Wu-Tang Clan, "Method Man"; Beastie Boys, "Egg Man"
Village Callers: Cypress Hill, "The Phuncky Feel One"; Ice Cube, "Jackin' for Beats"
Gary Numan: GZA, "Life Is a Movie"; EL-P, "Feel Like a Ghost"
Barrabas: (Not sampled as often as other Barrabas songs)
Creative Source: (Not sampled as often as other Creative Source songs)
Bill Withers: Dr. Dre, "Let Me Ride"; Jungle Brothers, "Straight Out the Jungle"
Barry White: Daft Punk, "Da Funk"; Nas, "One Mic"
Roy Ayers: Tim Dog, "Goin' Wild in the Penile"; Wiseguys, "Cowboy '78"
Pleasure: Eric B and Rakim, "Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em"; LL Cool J, "To Da Break of Dawn"
All the People: Boogie Down Productions, "I'm Still #1"; LL Cool J, "Mr. Good Bar"
Miami: Neneh Cherry, "Buffalo Stance"; Kanye West, "Good Night"
Duke Williams: Tony! Toni! Toné, "Fun"
Afrique: Eazy E, "Niggas My Height Don't Fight"; The Prodigy, "Smack My Bitch Up"
The JB's: Wu-Tang Clan, "Protect Ya Neck"; Public Enemy, "Night of the Living Baseheads"
James Brown: Fatboy Slim, "Sunset (Bird of Prey)"; Digable Planets, "9th Wonder (Blackitolism)"
Rufus Thomas "Do the Funky Penguin": Afrika Bambaataa, "Jazzy Sensation (The Jazz Mix)"; Pete Rock, "Hip-Hopcrisy"
Rufus Thomas "The Breakdown": LL Cool J, "Illegal Search"; NWA, "Prelude"
Solomon Burke: Dr. Dre "The Chronic"; Big Daddy Kane, "Someone's Been Sleepin' in My Bed"
Joe Tex: EPMD, "Jane"; B.O.B. feat. Bruno Mars, "Nothin' On You"