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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Now That We Found Heavy Love

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Joe and Toby search for the love connection between the original Overweight Lover Heavy D and The O’Jays. The question is, when they find it, what are they going to do with it?
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Born to Express Yourself

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Joe and Toby connect the dots between The Material Girl and The Fame Monster and explore how these two iconic women have always done things their own way.
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Regulate Your Doobie

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Joe and Toby connect the dots from Warren G to Michael McDonald and see how this blue-eyed soul master influenced west coast G funk.
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It’s All Over Now, Jack-Ass

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Have I told you lately, that I love this episode! Joe & Toby dive into a legend of the 90’s, Beck, and explore his folksie, funky, electronic track “Jack-Ass” (1996) and it’s moondancin’ origins.
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Should I Rock the Train in Vain?

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Calling all rebellious spirits with green mohawks! It’s time to unite for this all-things-Clash episode of Riffs on Riffs.
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Ain’t No Sunshine Last Summer

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I know, I know, I know you’ll love this episode featuring Shawn Mendes “I Know What You Did Last Summer” (2015) with Camilla Cabello.
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The Fall Out at Tom’s Diner

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Let’s explore Fall Out Boy’s 2015 hit “Centuries” and the 1990’s indie-folk sample that influenced it’s fist-pumping pop-punk sound. 
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Riffs on Riffs Episode 28 Bloopers

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A compilation of outtakes featuring the hosts of Riffs on Riffs from Episode 28: “Bring the Noise”. Enjoy!
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Bring the Noise

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Get ready for this epic rap metal episode featuring the groundbreaking collab “Bring the Noise” (1991) by Public Enemy & Anthrax!
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Bye Bye Til I See You Again

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Get into the smooth vibes of Charlie Puth singing “See You Again” (2015) and a very, very, very subtle Ray Charles sample used in this heart-melting song.
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Summertime Madness

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This super hot episode takes the heat to another level with DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince and their mega hit “Summertime” (1991) with musical ties to a soul gang from the 70’s.
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The Rockman and the Rocketman

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This epic episode is comprised of two music icons… Boston and Elton John! Joe & Toby explore the sounds of “More Tha
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Getting Igor’s Attention

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Joe and Toby connect the musical dots from Tyler, the Creator’s hit track “Igor’s Theme” (2019) and trace it back to a Paris-based 70’s soul group. 
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Donny is Too Short

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Joe and Toby connect the musical dots from Too $hort’s hit track “The Ghetto” (1990) and trace it back to an unforgettable 70’s soul singer.
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The Shape of My Lucid Dreams

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Good night and sweet Lucid Dreams… Joe & Toby dive into a fan favorite by Juice WRLD and the 1993 sample he used to make this hit!
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Old Town Ghosts

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A rappers plight… is country music friend or foe? Joe & Toby answer this and more in a discussion about Hip-Hop Cowboy Lil Nas X with hints of NIN.
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Trans-European Hot Tubs

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Joe & Toby take you to another dimension with the futuristic sounds of an iconic German Electro-pop band. To Kraftwerk and beyond!
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Pop Goes the Sledgehammer

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Joe & Toby connect the many musical dots between the iconic hip-hop trio 3rd Bass and their biggest hit “Pop Goes The Weasel” (1991).
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Be Careful of Exes

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Okurrr! We’ve got Carbi B and her hit single “Be Careful” and all it’s samples and interpolations ranging from Wu-Tang Clan to Barbra Streisand.
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Shooting Pains

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It’s the song that plays in every sporting arena ever known to man and Joe & Toby JUMP back into time to find it’s musical roots.
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Oops Upside Your Funk

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Joe and Toby put the puzzle pieces of samples together for Mark Ronson’s  Grammy winning hit, “Uptown Funk,” and explore its many funk-inspired beats.
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The Way to a Little Bit of Love

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Joe and Toby connect the music dots between Ariana Grande’s 2013 hit “The Way” and a fellow ballad singer from 1979.
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I Know You Want a Street Player

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Uno. Dos. Tres. Cuatro! Let’s connect the musical dots between Mr. Worldwide himself, Pitbull with his mega hit “I Know You Want Me” and one of America’s most prolific rock bands of all time.
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True Memories of Bliss

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You are about to set adrift on a journey through time, where P.M. Dawn’s romantic rap ballads took hip-hop by storm and the new waves of British pop make a splash.
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People Say You’re That Somebody

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This episode recalls the remarkable life and talent of 90’s music and film sensation, Aaliyah, and the funk band that inspired one of her greatest hits.
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Nothing Alone Can Stop Me

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This episode will soar through the sultry vocals of pop singer Halsey and into the funky and free spirited 5th Dimension.
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Biggie Sheets

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This episode will hypnotize you with a not-so-well-known funk/soul sample from 1983 featured in Biggie’s hit track, “Big Poppa.”
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The Tom Tom Fantasy

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Revel in the genius of Mariah Carey and the eclectic new wave sounds of a 1980’s tune that inspired Carey’s 1995 mega hit “Fantasy.”
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The Hamilton Hip-Hop Mixtape

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Riffs on Riffs hosts celebrate the wonders of hip-hop infused music sampling that created this miraculous thing called Hamilton.
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When Doves Pray

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In this episode, Joe and Toby dive into the prolific life of Prince and how his music helped hammer a career path for a former bat boy of the Oakland A’s.
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Thank You for Sittin’ In My Rhythm Nation

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It’s the nation that Janet Jackson built for millions of fans across the world while interweaving a legendary funk band and a 90’s R&B diva - all in one tantalizing episode of Riffs on Riffs!
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Look, You Made Me Too Sexy

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Let’s hop into the time machine and explore three genres across three decades of music’s iconic artists including a modern pop star, a 90’s British dance duo and a Woodstock era guitar legend.
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99 Problems and a Big Fire Ain’t One

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In this episode, we’ll find out how this 80’s video legend helped eliminate some of hip hop’s biggest problems ... and along the way, help Alicia Keys set the world on fire.
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Underdog Ain’t Nuthin’ to Mess With

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Grab your Pop-Tarts and a bowl of Baron Von Red Berry’s; we are going to crash Saturday morning cartoons and discover the original sounds of the genius rap group, Wu-Tang Clan.
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The Edge of Police Booty

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Let’s go to the edge of an 80’s classic track with rock goddess, Stevie Nicks! We explore the origins of “Edge of Seventeen,” beginning with a legendary English rock band...
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California Woman

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If it’s possible to Zapp through time and trace the iconic Tupac song, “California Love,” all the way back to one of the greatest blue-eyed soul legends of the Woodstock era… we will do it!
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Season 1 Trailer

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Get a little taste of what's in store for Season 1 of Riffs of Riffs.
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