Here are some of my favorite legendary songs that have been sampled and redone by rappers, who then recreated hits or classics all over again. These songs were already brilliant when first created, equally innovative/unique, and will always sound refreshing. The four videos I chose, in order are: ”Walk on By” Isaac Hayes Version, which was sampled by many including Notorious B.I.G in ”Warning”; Parliament Funkadelic’s ”Swing Down, Sweet Chariot (Let Me Ride), which was sampled by many including Dr.Dre & Snoop Dogg in ”Let Me Ride”; ”Funky Worm” by the Ohio Players, which was sampled by many including M.C Breed in ”Ain’t No Future in Yo Frontin” & N.W.A ”Dopeman”, and Taana Gardner’s ”Heartbeat”, which was sampled by many including De La Soul in ”Buddy”. The words of Parliament Funkadelic from Swing Down Sweet Chariot (Let Me Ride) explains it all, ”….Light Years in time…ahead of our time….”
1520 Sedgwick Avenue and D.J Kool Herc are names forever synonymous with a part of the origins of rap music. In 1973 on August 11th, Kool Herc hosted a back to school party for his sister at the recreation room of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue apartment building. At the community house party, he introduced a technique that involved two turntables, a mixer, two copies of the same record, and playing another song at the beginning or middle of the record while focusing on ”the break” in each one. With D.J Kool Herc presenting his technique, his friend Coke La Rock began to rap and many legendary rappers like Afrika Bambaataa and Grand Master Flash all claimed to have witnessed this historic significant event in music history. In honor of The Boogie Down Bronx, here are some truly amazing and influential photos that shows why The Boogie Down Bronx will always be considered a birthplace of the rhythmic poetic art we call Hip Hop.
These songs are just a few good examples of how amazing 70s funk music was, is, & will forever be. The thing is, older people who grew up during this time are not the only ones who enjoy music like this…that is how you know when music is actually timeless and legendary. It doesn’t matter what era or generation, there are young people in my age group and younger who appreciate & love these classic artists. Good music has no expiration date, is never outdated, old, or whatever. Classic songs like these just sounds better and better as the time goes by.
Everything about this song…the lyrics, the timeless guitar riff, and just the overall portrait of this Bob Dylan remake is a good example of a song that will never die, get old, or be forgotten. Why? Because Jimi Hendrix was & still will forever be one of music’s legendary innovative geniuses that will live on.One of my first biographies that I read ( not school-related) was A Room Full Of Mirrors by Charles Cross, which was about Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix picked up a broken acoustic guitar as a financially poor child & taught himself how to play guitar, then became a guitar icon due to his playing skills that changed music forever. Long Live Hendrix.
“There must be some kinda way out of here”
Said the joker to the thief
“There’s too much confusion
I can’t get no relief”
“Businessmen, they, they drink my wine
Plowmen dig my earth
None of them along the line
Know what any of it is worth”, hey
“No reason to get excited”
The thief, he kindly spoke
“There are many here among us
Who feel that life is but a joke”
“But you and I, we’ve been through that
And this is not our fate
So let us not talk falsely now
The hour is getting late”, hey
All along the watchtower
Princes kept the view
While all the women came and went
Barefoot servants too
Outside in the cold distance
A wildcat did growl
Two riders were approaching
And the wind began to howl, hey
All along the watchtower
All along the watchtower
I feel like this is one of those songs that is so timeless and I’m pretty sure there are many other young people in my age group who love & appreciate this classic as well. Bootsy Collins is not only an innovative artist that has inspired many other musicians, but he is also clever, funny, and amazing.
Pretty soon I will be getting me a new electric guitar & one of my ”guitar goals” is to play one of the greatest guitar riffs of all times…”Back In Black” by AC/DC. I mean, look at Angus in this classic concert footage. His moves & the schoolboy uniform is so legendary. Matter of fact, look at everyone…this is a great definition/description of what it means to be a Master Of Ceremony. Amazing concerts & entertaining. Most importantly, that guitar riff.
If you love classic jazz like I do, then Grover Washington Jr. is probably one of your favorites. The first song is Mister Magic and the second classic, featuring Bill Withers, is Just The Two Of Us. These classics are just 2
of the many songs that Mr. Grover Washington Jr. has created. I remember before he passed, my mama took a five year old me with her to see him in concert. I appreciate my parents for helping me appreciate good classic/old-school records because if a song is a masterpiece then it doesn’t matter how old someone is or which era it was created in…good music is timeless.