Riffs on Riffs

The Spin on Original and Sampled Tracks

Hosts, Joe Watson and Toby Brazwell, connect the musical dots between legendary tracks and the often lesser-known songs they sampled. Uncover how these epic songs borrow from music of the past, enriching the musical landscape for generations to come.

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Born to Express Yourself

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Back long before Stefani Germanotta became Lady Gaga, Madonna was, well, Madonna. Joe and Toby examine how the Madonna song “Express Yourself” was inspiration — and some might argue more than that — for Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”. Both artists have made an enormous impact on the pop culture landscape, extending their reach far beyond music. Madonna has done it for decades, and time will tell if Lady Gaga has the same staying power.

What we geek out over in this episode:
Like a Prayer, the Pope watching MTV, Gospel singer Andrae Crouch, Queen and Radio Ga Ga, Siri autocorrect, David Bowie, Fame, children’s audiobooks, LA Reid’s biggest mistake, Akon, Boney M and Ma Baker, Vittorio Monit’s “Csardas”, Grace Jones, May Day, 007, throwing shade.

Bonus Material: “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie

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Joe Watson and Toby Brazwell bring a unique blend of personality and musical prowess to Riffs on Riffs. Joe is a lifelong musician and guitarist, and Toby is a hip hop producer and emcee.

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Just to take a step back and reflect… these conversations on our Wake Up Call podcast series are truly evergreen: everlasting in spirit and refreshingly genuine. Our team is grateful for these down to earth, thought-provoking exchanges with people from all walks of life. As this podcast has grown, it seems we’ve grown, together.

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The Team

Joe Watson

Host
Joe is a lifelong musician, guitarist, and music connoisseur. He is the Co-Founder of Go Big Creative Lab, a Cleveland-based design and brand strategy firm.

Toby Brazwell

Host
Toby is a hip hop producer and emcee. His local hip hop group, Edotkom, has opened for several established acts like Fugees, Cypress Hill, to name a few.

Julie Fink

Producer
Julie (a.k.a. Big Julz) brings a unique blend of radio, broadcasting and creativity to her producer role.

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