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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We Have Bobby in Common

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Bobby Caldwell is a longtime crooner and someone that can rightfully say he’s big in Japan. Bobby’s classic track, “What You Won’t Do for Love,” is his most recognizable hit, but in this episode Joe and Toby show how Common sampled another Caldwell track, “Open Your Eyes,” for his iconic song “The Light”.

What we geek out over in this episode: Bob Marley and real estate, TK Records, John Lennon’s “Whatever Gets You Through the Night”, Biz Markie and the the Grand Upright Music case, KC and the Sunshine Band, heart shaped records, deceptively white guys, Peter Cetera and Amy Grant, girlfriends that “go to another school”, Mr. Mister. Cool Uncle, Philip Bailey, Bid Daddy Kane, The Source, No ID, Ice Cube and diss tracks, Stevie Wonder, the movie “Selma”, Flamingosis.

Bonus Material: Other tracks that sample Bobby Caldwell, including from 2Pac, Biggie, and Lil Nas X.

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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

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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

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

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