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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Underdog Ain’t Nuthin’ to Mess With

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Wu-Tang Clan, a group of nine supremely talented and stylistically diverse rappers – Ghostface Killah, GZA, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, Method Man, Raekwon, RZA, U-God and the now-deceased Ol' Dirty Bastard – changed the hip hop game, forever. Not just in music, but in the music business. Wu-Tang was a financial movement as much as it was a music movement.

Today Joe and Toby rewind back to the inspiration for “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthin’ To Mess With,” back before we all walked around in our Wu Wear shirts and hoodies, to a famous cartoonist. Enter W. Watts Biggers. This man created a cartoon character for General Mills to sell cereal; the character's theme song hatched a riff used by hip hop artists, R&B singers, and guitar legends for decades to come.

What we geek out over in this episode: Cheerios, ASR-10 sampling keyboard, the Serato technology, Rihanna’s music videos, and THE Carlos Santana.

Bonus Material: “Runaway Love” Remix by Justin Bieber feat. Raekwon & Kanye West

Note to PETA: There were no squirrels harmed in the making of this podcast.

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