Genius of Samples

This week on 7 o clock sample we are exploring the sounds of Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five…

In 1982, Grandmaster Flash and The FF released their debut full length album “THE MESSAGE”

This is one of the earliest Hip Hop albums to gain crossover appeal.  In 1982 it reached #8 on the R&B Billboard charts and #53 on the Billboard top 100.  For a RAP record in 1982, that was an amazing accomplishment!

Track number 2 on side A of this album was “IT’S NASTY”

A great song that “sampled” another great song…

* A few interesting notes about this sample.

– The track was #1 on the Billboard Dance charts in 1981, just one year prior to “IT’S NASTY”

– The Grandmaster Flash song contain no actual samples, but rather the Sugar Hill house band plays the loop.

– This track has been sampled many many times, most notably Dr. Jeckyl & Mr. Hyde’s “Genius Rap” in 1981; Mariah Carey’s “Fantasy” in 1995; Mark Morrison’s “Return of the Mack” in 1996; and The X-Ecutioners’ “Genius of Love 2002” in 2002.


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