Enoch Light has been sampled several times, especially by The Beatnuts. What made him so dope? He used a lot of state-of-the-art recording techniques in the 60′s that were never used before. This made his music sound very “large” and also had a lot of cool effects. Aside from recording a ton of albums he also dabbled in every genre – classical, pop, jazz, rock, and more. The Nuts flipped his cut “A Little Fugue For You and Me” for their hit single “No Escapin’ This“.
The Beatnuts were known for their hard boom bap beats in the early 90′s. In the later half of the 90′s, they somehow became known for their cartoon-ish rap beats – the first being “Off the Books“. After that, it was pretty much assumed their singles would sound similar including “Watch Out Now” and “No Escapin’ This“. The Enoch-sampled track used the chorus from the original and a vinyl backspin to complete the beat. The sample kicks in at about 1:05 into the song. Check it out.
Rachel Sweet was only 16 when she released her debut album Fool Around in 1978. She had some minor success as a child singer and recorded several commercials. She dabbled in Country music but eventually moved to soft Rock/pop. Aside for a minor hit, her career never really took off – musically. She ended up moving to the TV world which includes writing/producing credits for sitcoms Dharma & Greg and George Lopez!? The Beatnuts flipped her song “It’s So Different Here” for the track “We Got the Funk“.
“We Got the Funk” was released as a bonus track on The Beatnuts Greatest Hits album. The album was actually fulfilling a contract obligation with Loud Records. Towards the late 90′s/early 2000′s, Hip-Hop was changing drastically and the once indestructible Loud Records roster was falling to ruin, being replaced with Southern Rap and underground hip-hop (Rawkus). It’s no secret Loud was trying to change the sound of the Nuts, causing them to want to leave and go independent. Check out the sample source of one of the last good tracks from Loud.
Check out the new official video for Liknuts (The Beatnuts + The Alkaholiks) “Grumpy Crocodile” directed by James Wade. Looking forward to the full project. Check out this earlier post to hear the original sample.
Liknuts! How dope is it that 2 of the hottest (and often under-rated) groups from the 90′s have joined together? For those that don’t know, Liknuts are The Beatnuts and Tha Alkaholiks. Even though Tha Liks were from California, they had a very East coast sound (check their production credits, you’ll be surprised). Their “have fun” west coast mentality matches perfectly with the pyscho dwarves from Queens. Their first single is “Grumpy Crocodile“. The track is pure grungy underground with the groups trading verses over a ill horn/orchestra hit.
While searching for the song on youtube, the sample for “Grumpy Crocodile” came up. It helped that the original is named “The Grumpy Old Crocodile” by the Rocking Horse Players. Check it out below. Please note, I’m not taking credit for finding this one and I don’t own the record (yet…)
The Beat Tape Project puts out compilations of instrumentals that are inspired/ influenced by major artists. This album (3rd installment from the Beat Tape Project) contains beats inspired by The Beatnuts. I submitted 3 beats in mid-March and one of them, entitled “Captain Morgan & Coke” was selected to appear on the compilation. Check it out below or download the album.
Here’s another vintage Beatnuts classic. This time, they flipped “Here You Go” by the Glass Prism for “HellRaiser“. I don’t know too much about Glass Prism. They have 2 albums that I know about (both are dope) and they are fans of Edgar Allan Poe. Besides the Beatnuts loop there is also a drum in the middle of the song. Check it out.
Henry Mancini is one of my favorite composers (plus he’s Italian). He’s composed and arranged albums for years and many are ripe for the sampling. I’ve never saw the movie Visions of Eight but it’s a documentary about the Olympics. I can’t help but feel this soundtrack gave some inspiration to Vangelis for Chariots of Fire. The LP has a lot of classical orchestrations but there are some dope cuts on here. “Theme for the Losers” was sampled by a few artists including: