The ( Super ) Dust Brothers


We always look to find interesting and unique samples here on the SEVEN O CLOCK SAMPLE, and today we are not only looking at quality, but QUANTITY.

In 1988 the Beastie Boys headed west to LA to produce their sophomore album PAUL’S BOTIQUE.  After leaving Def Jam and Rick Rubin, the Beasties were in search of a new sound.

They found it in west cost production team, THE DUST BROTHERS.

The Dust Brothers, E.Z. Mike (Michael Simpson) and King Gizmo (John King) revolutionized the way sampled tracks were created.  These two unlikely hip hop heroes set a new standard for how sampling hardware was used and how sample based music was created.  In college they had a Rap radio show, and after they became well known DJs, they began to produce.

There they produced and sequenced tracks on Tone Lōc’s album, Lōc-ed After Dark. They also produced two tracks on Young MC’s debut album Stone Cold Rhymin.

Shortly after that, they meet the Beastie Boys, and these 5 men together created a record-setting hip hop opus!

In total, 105 songs were sampled on the album, including 24 individual samples on the last track alone!  The timing of this album is what makes it so historic.  Just 2 years later, Biz Markie would be sued by Gilbert O’Sullivan in the Grand Upright Music, Ltd. v. Warner Bros. case.  After that case, sampling records like this would not be legal.  ( It would happen again, but not legally. )

This album has some great tracks, here is one of my favorites…

There are a dozen records sampled on this track; including Kool and The Gang, Public Enemy, Sly and The Famliy Stone, The Commodores, The JAWS Soundtrack, and of course; Curtis Mayfield’s SHAFT THEME.

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