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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Ep. 26: Summertime Madness

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In West Philadelphia, born and raised, is where DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince met each other at a house party and the rest was history. The American hip hop duo went from local gigs to super-stardom landing together on the sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and amassing global success with their five album releases from 1987 - 1993 earning them multiple Grammy wins and nominations. Joe & Toby dig into one of their mega hits, “Summertime” and trace it back to the celebrated 70's soul gang.

What we geek out over in this episode: Kool & the Gang, Miles Davis, tubas!, movie references: Pulp Fiction and Rocky, “Despacito” (2017), Toby’s Slow Jamz Mixtape, Ruffles Potato Chips, the early years of DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Mike Tyson, and story-telling raps on the mic.

Bonus Material: Summertime hits! “Summer Breeze” from Seals & Crofts (1972), “Cruel Summer” by Bananarama (1984), Sly and the Family Stone’s “Hot Fun in the Summertime” (1969), and Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” (2012) ft. Cedric Gervais remix.

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