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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Evil Beep

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Back in the day, children would read stories at school during story time and would often hear the "beep” that would signify when the page should be turned. ELO’s Evil Woman and The Pussycat Dolls' “Beep” are generations apart, but both illustrate how they worked to turn the page in creativity, impact, and style.

What we geek out over in this episode: The Move, Joe Budden, Daft Punk, Will.I.AM, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Carmen Elektra, and Christina Aguilera.

Bonus Material: We focus on Jeff Lynne’s musical production and writing skills with George Harrison, Olivia Newton John, Tom Petty, and Paul McCartney.

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Ms. Jackson is OUT of Strawberries

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There is a bit of confusion about what exactly was sampled from Shuggie Otis' "Strawberry Letter 23” to help create Outkast’s “Ms. Jackson”. But one thing that isn’t up for debate is that both of these songs are hits.
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I'd Rather Have Whiskey

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Etta James and Chris Stapleton are generations apart in age but kindred spirits in vocal talent. The question is, did these two ever sip whiskey together, and did one of them go blind as a result? Join us as we spill the tea.
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We Have Bobby in Common

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Bobby Caldwell is most famously known for crooning the classic “What You Won’t Do for Love”. In this episode, Joe and Toby “Open Your Eyes” to the connection Bobby has with Common and his song “The Light”.
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The Shape of a Scrub

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Is Ed Sheeran in good shape or is he just another scrub? We’ll find out as we explore his connection to TLC and their epic 90’s track.
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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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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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