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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California Woman

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It’s that head bobbin’ beat we all jammed out to in the summer of ‘96 as Tupac Shakur went straight from a jail cell to the top of the charts. Joe and Toby unpack the intro riff to Tupac’s “California Love” and retrace its steps all the way back to one of the rock n’ roll icons from the Woodstock era, in order to find its original tune. You can’t talk about Tupac without mentioning west coast hip-hop. You’ll get a mini music history lesson, highlighting influences of the eras, including Ultramagnetic MC’s, EPMD, Bernard Purdie (legendary funk musician and drummer), and Roger Troutman (notable composer/producer and Zapp frontman) also known as “the guy” who popularized the talk box.

What we geek out over in this episode: Funk legends, Bootsy and “The One”, and the GEICO lemonade commercial with Ice-T.

Bonus Material:
Talk box. Do you feel….like we do?

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