I Know You Got Samples

This week’s 7’oclock sample theme is SAMPLE WITH SOUL! And few brothers have as much soul as Mr. BOBBY BYRD…

Bobby is the man who discovered James Brown.  Byrd and Brown met in a Georgia youth detention facility, where Brown was an inmate. Byrd’s local baseball team played the prison team of which Brown was a member. It was Bobby Byrd’s family that sponsored his release and took him in.  Bobby brought James into the soul scene through the FAMOUS FLAMES, which eventually became known as James Brown and the Famous Flames.

Bobby continues to work with James through the 50s, 60s and 70s.  Byrd’s leadership with the Flames and then the J.B.s, acted as the backbone to those funky legs and arms of Mr. Dynamite.

Bobby has released some great records with and without James.  Including this 1971 hit…

That’s a funky jam!  And I’m not the only one who thinks so!  This song has been sampled by a whos-who of Hip Hop acts.  Public Enemy, Ice Cube, King Tee, Everlast and Eric B and Rakim have all sampled this track.  Of all of them, the one that stands out most for me, is the Eric B and Rakim song of the same name….



I Wish My Brother GEORGE was here…

Seven O’Clock Sample Time!

This week we are exploring the music of DEL THE FUNKEE HOMOSAPIEN!

Del has had a great career.  He has worked with some of the best of the best, and right from the beginning. In 1991, Del teamed up with his cousin ICE CUBE, to produce his debut album I WISH MY BROTHER GEORGE WAS HERE.  This album is jam packed with west coast funk classics, like Dr. Bombay, Ahonetwo, Ahonetwo and of course… MISTADOBILINA!

Ice Cube grabbed up a number of great samples to create this track…

Let’s Break It Down!

MR. Bob Doblina sample comes from the MONKEES song Zilch.

The main hook, is form a Parliament track called GLORYHALASTOOPID ( Pin the tail on the funky )

and there is no better source for FUNKY drums, than the godfather himself… MR JAMES BROWN!

Don’t Believe the Ants

This week on the Seven O Clock sample, we are exploring the music of Summerfest artists.

The world’s largest music festival kicks off on Milwaukee’s lakefront this week, so I thought it’d be smart to look into some of the samples we may hear at this summer’s festival.

On Friday June 25th, one of Hip Hop’s greatest acts will take the stage at Summerfest….


( I hope they perform this one.. )

This track contains a large number of samples…

Drums come to us from Melvin Bliss.

Funky Guitars, horn squeaks and Drums from the GODFATHER… Mr. Dynamite…. The Hardest Working Man in Showbiz…James Brown

and a that ” Here’s what I want y’all to do for me!”  Come to us from the always funky Mr. Rufus Thomas…

Here is a live version of the Funky Chicken!  Too good!

Freebie: The World’s Greatest Christmas Mixtape

It is the season of giving, and Chris Read and Marc Hype are giving us an amazing mixtape entitled The World’s Greatest Christmas Mixtape. Actually there are two mixes in this free download – one from Chris Read and the otherne from Marc Hype. If you sick of the corny music that you hear in the malls or the holiday office party, you should bring this to the next party you go to or use at your own.  Check out the tracklisting:

PART 1: Chris Read – Merry Chrismixx!
1 – Chris Read – Merry Chrismixx Intro (Featuring Nat King Cole, Mike Epps,
Dolemite, Ghostface, Disco 4, Derek B & Sweet Tee)
2 – Lionel Hampton & Sonny Parker – Boogie Woogie Santa Claus
3 – Jackson 5 – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
4 – Petula Clark – Where Did My Snowman Go?
5 – Barry Gordon – Nuttin’ For Christmas (DJ Unite Refix)
6 – Elvis Presley – Here Comes Santa Claus
7 – Eddie Murphy – Doo Doo Christmas Gifts
8 – Mike Epps – Bad Santa Skit
9 – De La Soul – Millie Pulled A Pistol On Santa
10 – Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmastime
11 – De La Soul – Simply
12 – Danimal & Lakim – Big Pooh Vs. Santa Claus
13 – King Sun D Moet – Christmas In The City
14 – Margaret Whiting – Misteltoe Kiss Polka
15 – Scoopy – Scoopy Rap
16 – Diana Ross & The Supremes – Born Of Mary
17 – Sweet Tee – Let The Jingle Bells Rock
18 – Ryuichi Sakamoto – Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence
19 – Jackson 5 – Up On The House Top
20 – Run DMC – Christmas In Hollis
21 – Clarence Carter – Back Door Santa
22 – Kurtis Blow – Christmas Rappin’
23 – Super J – Santa’s Rap Party
24 – James Brown – Signs Of Christmas
25 – James Brown – Soulful Christmas
26 – Bootsy Collins – Winterfunkyland (Excerpt)
27 – Bobby Helems – Jingle Bell Rock
28 – INT – That Magic Of Christmas
29 – Stevie Wonder – What Christmas Means To Me

Part 2: Marc Hype – Jingle Bells ‘09

1 – Blondie ft. Fab 5 Freddie – Yuletide Throwdown (Excerpt)
2 – Mirror Image – Deck The Halls
3 – Dan The Automator – Jingle Bells Remixed
4 – Bing Crosby – Happy Holiday (Beef Wellington Remix)
5 – Cheech & Chong – Santa Claus And His Old Lady
6 – The Soul Saints Orchestra – Santa’s Got A Bag Of Soul
7 – Harvey Averne Band – Let’s Get It Together This Christmas
8 – Electric Jungle – Funky Funky Christmas
9 – Billy Jackson – Have A Happy Christmas
10 – Cold Crew – Rappin’ Christmas (Platurn Edit)
11 – Thurl Ravenscroft – You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch
12 – Elf Elf & Dok-Im – My Christmas Bells
13 – Derek B – Chillin’ With Santa
14 – Jewel T – Bring On The Sleigh Bells
15 – Fiona Apple – Frosty the Snowman
16 – Martin Mull with The Sondra Baskin Glee Club – Santafly
17 – Funk Machine – Soul Santa
18 – J.D. McDonald – Boogaloo Santa Claus
19 – Pee Pee Dynamite – Groovy Christmas & New Year
20 – Al Hirt – Nutty Jingle Bells
21 – Mirror Image – O Tannenbaum
22 – Billy May Orchestra – Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
23 – James Brown – Merry Christmas I Love You
24 – Martin Mull – Santa Doesn’t Cop Out On Dope
25 – Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby
26 – Tom Waits – Silent Night / A Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis

Are You Feeling This: The Very Best, Wye Oak and Two Michael Jackson Remixes

Lots of songs never make it to the radio that are getting lots of attention online. Live tracks, sanctioned and unsanctioned remixes, mash-ups, overlooked gems by unsigned artists. Every week on “Are You Feeling This,” we invite you to hear what the buzz is all about. You tell us what you think. Vote in the Are You Feeling This poll, leave a comment, send us an e-mail.

The Last winner of Are You Feeling This Tu Phace

This week on ”Are You Feeling This” I now have a co-host. Our own producer Adam Carr helps me present the most cutting edge music on Are You Feeling This.  Check out Unified Milwaukee for all the  great content that Adam has produced. This week we have music from The Very Best, Wye Oak and two Michael Jackson remixes.

Take a listen below and let us know what you think by voting in the “Are You Feeling This” listener poll.

The Very Best – “Warm Heart of Africa ft. Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend” (download)
Wye Oak – “Take It In”(download)
Michael Jackson – “History (J Dilla Remix)” (Download)
Michael Jackson vs. James Brown – “The Way You Got Me That Feeling” (Download)

Sounds of the FUNKY DRUMMER

This will be my final installment of our James Brown edition of 7 O CLOCK SAMPLES…

The James Brown Samples!

I’ve saved the best for last…

James Brown’s FUNKY DRUMMER!

This is possibly the world’s most sampled drum break. Hundreds of Rap, Pop, Dance and even Rock songs have used these drums. Here is just a taste of some of it’s use…


Massive Attack’s Protection Pay Back

It’s Tuesday… and you know what that means! 7 o clock sample time!!!

As we continue our EVOLUTION OF HIP HOP MONTH here on Radio Milwaukee, I’m going to continue exploring the genre’s favorite sample source…

The James Brown Samples!

In week 4, we are now seeing how Hip Hop has branched out so far and wide, that the definition of Hip Hop becomes hard to define. Today’s sample comes from a group that is NOT by definition a Hip Hop group, however, they still follow that primary rules of Hip Hop production.
Massive Attack set the foundation for the Trip-Hop style in the early 1990s. When they collaborated with EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL’s Tracey Thorne, they also pulled a sample from the Godfather…

That funky lil guitar at the top fo the track is in fact… JAMES BROWN!