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General News / February 24, 2017

In memory of Clyde Stubblefield: 10 hip hop samples from ‘The Funky Drummer’

Clyde Stubblefield district magazine hip hop
General News / February 24, 2017

In memory of Clyde Stubblefield: 10 hip hop samples from ‘The Funky Drummer’

We take a look at ten famous Hip Hop records that cut, chopped or just plain sampled those notorious twenty seconds.

 

One of the most sampled tracks ever produced is James Brown’s ‘Funky Drummer’. For years producers across a spectrum of all genres sampled the famous break in their tracks, but unfortunately earlier this week Clyde Stubblefield, The Funky Drummer, passed away.

James Brown counts him in to the most important twenty seconds of Clyde’s career and from then on his legacy started.

Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Stubblefield was influenced by the industry town built around him. Although he’s recognised for the most famous drum break in the world Stubblefield himself wasn’t a fan of the original track, “I didn’t like the song; I still don’t really get off on it,” He told Paste Magazine.

Clyde’s career will forever be marked in the legacy books, here in memory of ‘The Funky Drummer’ we take a look at ten famous Hip Hop records that cut, chopped or just plain sampled those notorious twenty seconds.

Public Enemy – 1988 – Fight The Power

N.W.A – 1988 – Fuck The Police

RUN DMC – 1988 – Run’s House

Big Daddy Kane – 1989 – Mortal Combat

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – 1989 – Jazzy’s Groove

2 Live Crew – 1989 – Coolin’

LL Cool J – 1990 – Mama Said Knock You Out

Dr Dre – 1992 – Let Me Ride

A Tribe Called Quest – 1996 – Motivators

Nas – 2002 – Get Down