One thing that is a standard in the music industry since the 80′s has been using an old school hits to make a new one. The Sample Series is highlighting that aspect in contemporary black music and gives the readers a chance to also go back in time and take inventory of how far (or not so far) we have become in the progression of music.
When you talk about the beginnings of funk music, NO conversation can be had without including George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic. As many of my older relatives can attest to, when Parliament hit the scene, they ran through the streets like a hurricane. To this day, Parliament is a staple in any old school party you go to, and a staple in Soul Train lines at family reunions anywhere. In addition, two of their hits have become unofficial theme songs for the brothers of Omega Psi Phi (Atomic Dog) and Kappa Alpha Psi (Flashlight, at least in the southern region). As a tribute to Parliament, I picked out some songs that have sampled the P-Funk. There were a couple that indirectly mentioned in my blog about Zapp and Roger that sampled Parliament’s “Flashlight”, so I won’t include those in this entry. If I missed some, definitely leave a comment and share your thoughts.
MC Hammer – Turn this Mutha Out (sampled from Parliament’s “Give up the Funk”)
Dr. Dre – Let Me Ride (sampled from Parliament’s “Mothership Connection”)
Digital Underground – Same Song (sampled from Parliament’s “Theme from the Black Hole”)
De La Soul – Me, Myself, and I (sampled from Parliament’s Knee Deep)
X-Clan – Funkin’ Lesson (sampled from Parliament’s “One Nation Under a Groove” and “Knee Deep”)
Ice Cube – Bop Gun (sampled from Parliament’s “One Nation Under a Groove”)
Guy – Teddy’s Jam 2 (Sampled from George Clinton’s “Atomic Dog”)
Ice Cube – The N—- you Love to Hate (sampled from “Atomic Dog”)
MC Hammer – Pumps and a Bump (sampled from “Atomic Dog”)
Crucial Conflict – Hay (sampled from Parliament’s “I’ll Stay”)
That’s enough for now. Trust and believe there are countless more that are feeding the pockets of George Clinton to this day. Which one is your favorite? Let me hear your thoughts.