The Weekly Top 5 Countdown: 2009, People That Died

A good day for a year-end recap. Even though we’re far into the new year, we went with a year-end wrap-up to meet the mood of a week that features a roundup of Milwaukee music in the form  of the Milwaukee Music Awards. Though the logic is a bit specious, we were nevertheless overdue to pay our respects to some of the amazing musicians who have passed with the last year. In this countdown, a limit of 5 really is a travesty, so feel free to respond with a list of your own… #5 Jim Carroll “People That Died” #4 Koko Taylor “Fire” #3 The Stooges “1969” #2 Wilco “I’m Always In Love” #1 Michael Jackson “Blame It On The Boogie”


The Prodigy does Thriller

This week’s Seven O’Clock Samples have been dedicated to the ultimate Halloween song….

Many artists have sampled this song…
Public Enemy’s 911 is a Joke, N.W.A’s 100 Miles and Runnin’, Large Professor’s The Mad Scientist ,and DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince’s Rhythm Trax House Party Style uses the song at the end of the track.
Most of the above mentioned songs use Vicent Price’s diabolical laugh. But today’s artist uses the main synth loop!

On their 4th studio album, the Prodigy sampled MJ’s it Thriller for this song.

This album was a departure from their hit THE FAT OF THE LAND. The only member of the group who actually is on this album is the main producer Liam Howlett. Contributors included actress Juliette Lewis, Oasis frontmen Liam and Noel Gallagher, Kool Keith and The Magnificent Ping Pong Bitches.

Great music! Great Sample!!!!

The Large Professor’s Thriller

So this week I am exploring songs that have sampled the most infamous Halloween song since the “Monster Mash”.

You need not say to much to introduce this song. Unless you’ve been living under a rock since 1982, you know all about this jam. You may even hear this song at the upcoming Creatures and Creators Halloween Party!

This got me diggin’ for other artist’s who have used this track. Michael Jackson samples are like Beatles samples; they exist, but they are hard to come by. One of my favorite Hip Hop artists is the Large Professor. I’ve explored some of his past work with Main Source in this blog post…

As an MC with main source, Large Pro also produced beats for the group and worked with many of the whos-who of New York Hip Hop. Nas, Busta Rhymes, A Tribe Called Quest, and Slick Rick to name a few.
In 1996 Large Pro recorded a solo album called “THE LP”. It was shelved by Geffen records, but a single was released which included this track…

The album was re-released this past year after being bootlegged for over a decade. Thank goodness the record industry has changed so much in the past 10 years.


Just caught up with this interesting cover of Michael’s classic song on Youtube…

Paul and Michael get HI TACK’d

This morning on the Seven O Clock Sample, I continue to celebrate the music of the late-great KING OF POP, Michael Jackson.
In the winter of 1981, Michael headed to the UK to record some music with the legendary Paul McCartney. While working at Abbey Road studios together, they recorded “The Girl Is Mine” which appeared on Jackson’s 1982 album THRILLER. They also recorded a track which would later be released on McCartney’s solo album PIPES OF PEACE, entitled “Say Say Say”

“Say Say Say” was a number one hit in the US and peaked at number two in the UK. Number one in Canada, Finland, Italy, Norway and Sweden, the single peaked within the top ten of Austria and New Zealand.

Years later, “Say Say Say” was sampled by the Dutch music group Hi-Tack. They took the song to number four on the UK singles chart, with their hit “Say Say Say ( Waiting for You )

Michael Jackson until the Breakadawn

With the King’s passing this past week, I decided to explore some of the songs that have sampled MJ.

In 1993, Prince Paul joined up with De La Soul to produce one of the best Hip Hop albums of that year; Buhloone Mind State.

This song includes an impressive list of popular samples. From Smokey Robinson, The Bar Kays, and The Pointer Sisters all the way to the King of Pop, MICHAEL JACKSON.
From his debut solo album, OFF THE WALL, here is I Can’t Help It.

UNOFFICIAL VIDEO: ( but it does the trick )

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)