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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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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