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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All Night Around the Way

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Before he went looking for an around the way girl, LL Cool J was just a boy with his radio, needing a beat. He became a legendary hip hop pioneer and entertainment mogul. The Mary Jane Girls were the brain child of Rick James, and he lent his prodigious musical talents to tracks like All Night Long and In My House. Join Joe and Toby as they connect the dots between these artists.

What we geek out over in this episode: Rick James, MC Hammer, Jimmy Carter, Rickrolling, NCIS, Def Jam, Ad Rock, Boomboxes, Crash Crew, Run DMC, AC/DC, Trouble Funk, Sly and the Family Stone, James Brown’s The Payback, En Vogue, Keni Burke, Boyz II Men, sampling Michael Jackson.

Bonus Material: Other songs that have sampled The Mary Jane Girl’s All Night Long.

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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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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

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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

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

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