Ultimate Breakbeats, Pt. 5
by Chuck Eddy | November 15, 2013
This fifth and final installment collecting songs previously compiled on the classic and much-rap-DJ-utilized '80s-to-early-'90s bootleg series Ultimate Breaks and Beats concentrates on the last few volumes, plus a couple discontinued and alternate volumes. It also picks up a few James Brown songs that were skipped on previous playlists so he didn't totally overload them.
Like the previous editions, this one runs quite a gamut, genre-wise, finding grooves all over: Southern soulsters (Otis Redding doing a song more people might know from Black Crowes by now, Joe Tex chiding you for saying a bad word, Clarence Reid as his X-rated proto-rapper alter ego Blowfly actually saying a few); soul groups (The Five Stairsteps, The Emotions); funk bands (Graham Central Station, Incredible Bongo Band, D.C. go-go gods Trouble Funk); jazzbos (Tom Scott, Lonnie Liston Smith, Lou Donaldson, Jesse Green -- though "Flip" sounds pretty darn disco). Not to mention Rhode Island soul singer Freddie Scott showing where Biz Markie swiped his most famous song. Freddie wasn't off-key when he sang it -- back in 1968.
Using the indispensably comprehensive database at whosampled.com as a guide, here's a list of some of the better known places that breaks from these songs have since been put to use:
Tony Alvon: DJ Shadow, "The Number Song"; Cypress Hill, "Real Estate"
Graham Central Station: Geto Boys, "Mind Playing Tricks on Me"; Soul II Soul, "Back to Life"
The Five Stairsteps: Kendrick Lamar, "m.A.A.d. City"; Naughty By Nature, "Hip Hop Hooray"
Freddie Scott: Biz Markie, "Just a Friend"; Kanye West, "Good Friday"
Lou Donaldson: Dr. Dre, "Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat"; Wu-Tang Clan, "Bells of War"
Tom Scott: Massive Attack, "Blue Lines"; A Tribe Called Quest, "If the Papes Come"
Lonnie Liston Smith: Stetsasonic, "Talkin' All That Jazz"
Delegation: Snoop Dogg, "Wonder What It Do"; Geto Boys, "Quickie"
The Emotions: Big Daddy Kane, "Ain't No Half-Steppin'"; Mariah Carey, "Dream Lover"
Jesse Green: "Flip"
Incredible Bongo Band: "Sing Sing Sing"
Trouble Funk: Dr. Dre, "Bitches Ain't Sh * t"; Beastie Boys, "Hold It, Now Hit It"
Blowfly: The Beatnuts, "Spelling Beatnuts with Lil' Donny"
Joe Tex: Ugly Duckling, "Potty Mouth"
Otis Redding: Diplomats, "Dipset Symphony"; Masta Ace, "Four Minus Three"
Lyn Collins: The Game, "No More Fun and Games"; EPMD, "For My People"
James Brown, "Cold Sweat": Public Enemy, "Welcome to the Terrordome"; Roni Size "Brown Paper Bag"
James Brown, "Funky Drummer": Public Enemy, "Fight the Power"; L.L. Cool J, "Mama Said Knock You Out"; Dr. Dre, "Let Me Ride," 700+ other songs
James Brown, "Payback": En Vogue, "Hold On" and "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)"