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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The Shape of My Lucid Dreams

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In yet another genre-twisting episode of Riffs on Riffs, we’ll connect the musical dots between breakout Chicago rapper, Juice WRLD, and the 1993 Sting sample that was used for his #2 Billboard hit, Lucid Dreams. A meshing of pop, rock and rap lends a sweet feel to what Juice WRLD is bringing to the table amidst the rise in new wave hip-hop. Get to know the talented and soulful musician, Juice WRLD, and his broken hearted melodies that sky-rocketed him through the musical stratosphere.

What we geek out over in this episode: Sting’s Catalog, MC Nicknames, Sting sitting on a piano by accident during the recording of Roxanne, Queensryche, MC Milk Dee and Audio Two’s Top Billin’ (1988), and The Chainsmokers & Juice WRLD In My Head (2018).

Bonus Material: More Shape of My Heart song samples by Nas, Carl Thomas, and The Roots featuring Musiq Soulchild.

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