Who was 24-Carat Black?

Hosts Joe Watson and Toby Brazwell take a hard look at legendary tracks of the past and present, connecting the dots on the music they sample and the songs that inspired them. Join us for Season 3, where Riffs takes a deep dive into the tragic world of 24-Carat Black, the band everyone has heard, but nobody has heard of.

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Bring the Noise

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You don’t see much genre-mashing these days (sad face) so when metal group Anthrax hooked up with hip hop pioneers, Public Enemy in 1991… history was truly made. Producing a fresh, thrashed-up take on Public Enemy’s 1988 single “Bring The Noise”, the collaboration spawned a hit single, a groundbreaking tour and a sound that would change heavy music. Joe & Toby get into the cross-pollination of rap-rock and the slew of sampling behind this revolutionary track.

What we geek out over in this episode: Public Enemy everything, The Bomb Squad, "It's My Thing" by Marva Whitney, "Funky Drummer" by James Brown, "Get Off Your Ass and Jam" by Funkadelic, George Clinton’s phantom guitar lick, Toby’s all time favorite Bell Biv Devoe aka BBD, Run DMC ft. Aerosmith “Walk This Way” (1986) and a boat load of metal-head grunts, growls and snarls. Rhhhaar!

Bonus Material: Judgment Night soundtrack (1993) and it’s epic collaboration between between hip-hop and rock artists: "Another Body Murdered” by Faith No More and Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E.; "Real Thing” by Pearl Jam and Cypress Hill; "Me, Myself & My Microphone" by Living Colour and Run DMC; and "Fallin'" by Teenage Fanclub and De La Soul.

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Episode 4: Where Do We Go From Here?

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Episode 3: It All Falls Apart

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Episode 2: Living the Dream?

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Episode 1: The Origins of 24-Carat Black

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