Friday Favorites (1/22)

Written By Miranda

Girl Like Me (feat. H.E.R.) – Jazmine Sullivan 

This track from Sullivan’s new album, “Heaux Tales,” is my favorite. If you love this song, check out my review of the album also on WKNC’s blog. 

The King of Carrot Flowers. Pt. One – Death Cab for Cutie 

Death Cab’s new “The Georgia EP” was released last week and features very well-done covers in the classic Death Cab style. I particularly like their Neutral Milk Hotel cover as their style complements the original song and definitely does it justice.  

Atomic Vomit – Steve Lacy

Steve Lacy’s recent album, “The Lo-Fis,” is filled with groovy alt-R&B, with this song in particular being especially appealing. I love the beat and vocals on this track and definitely recommend it. 

Good Days – SZA

SZA recently confirmed a new album release coming in 2021, and delighted fans with the drop of “Good Days” which seems to blend together her style from 2017’s “Ctrl” with her older projects such as “Z.” We’re all looking forward to her newest project. 

He Said (feat. Miguel) – dvsn

R&B fans will love this slow-jam from the very new release by dvsn on “Amusing Her Feelings.” 
To listen to this week’s Friday Favorites and every song from the past weeks, check out my playlist on WKNC’s Spotify.


WKNC’s top tracks of 2020

We reached out to our DJs and staff members here at WKNC and here are their responses for their top 3 songs of 2020. Every song named was released in 2020 so there’s no better way to find new music than to skim through this expansive list. These songs have also been added to a playlist on WKNC’s Spotify account.

Laura/DJ Beowvlf; GM

  • Deftones – “Genesis”
  • Oneohtrix Point Never – “the Whether Channel”
  • The Garden – “Fool’s Expedition”

Jamie Lynn; Station Adviser
Jamie was allowed more than 3 songs but she only gave us 2. We’ll allow it. 

  • Kississippi – “Around Your Room”
  • Tune-Yards – “nowhere; man.”

Molly/DJ Cicada; Program Director

  • Arca – “La Chiqui (ft SOPHIE)”
  • Shygirl – “Freak”
  • Yung Lean – “Dogboy”

Erika/The Saw; Chainsaw Rock Music Director and Content Manager

  • Boundaries – “Behind The Bend”
  • Upon A Burning Body – “Chains of Agony”
  • Ingested – “Black Pill”

Becca/M’Lady; Promotions Director

  • Oklou – “Gods Chariots”
  • Oneohtrix Point Never – “No Nightmares”
  • Monolithic – “Alone With You (Computer Data Remix)”

Gab/Beefless Poison; Sponsorship Director and Assistant Afterhours Music Director 

  • Magdalena Bay – “Good Intentions”
  • Coco & Clair Clair – “TLG”
  • Jessy Lanza – “All The Time”

Liz; Afterhours Music Director and Graphic Designer

  • Magdalena Bay – “Airplane”
  • Planet 1999 – “Party”
  • Kitty – “12th House”

Makayla; Underground Music Director

  • Loving – “Nihilist Kite Flyer”
  • Thundercat – “Funny Thing”
  • Cookiee Kawaii – “Rather Be”

Maddie/Buzz; Daytime Music Director

  • Fiona Apple – “Shameika”
  • Mamalarky – “Fury
  • Arlo Parks – “Black Dog”

Romir/THE FUNKY BUDDHA; Local Music Director

  • Thundercat – “Dragonball Durag”
  • Jrusalam – “DN&”
  • Metallica – “All Within My Hands (Live)”

Chip/the DJ formerly known as Chippypants; Assistant Daytime Music Director and Content Creator

  • Sir Chloe – “Sedona”
  • Papi Shiitake – “Sleepwalk”
  • Felly – “Weak Hearts”

Miranda; Blog Content Creator

  • Freddie Gibbs – “Scottie Beam”
  • Amaarae – “HELLZ ANGEL”
  • Joji – “MODUS”

Kyle/DJ Mango; Assistant Underground Music Director and Content Creator

  • Gabriel Garzon-Montano – “Everything is Everything”
  • D’Angelo – “Really Love”
  • Mac Miller – “Everybody”

Minh/Cozy P – Multimedia Director

  • Spillage Village – “Ea’alah (Family)”
  • Phoebe Bridgers – “Savior Complex”
  • Woodkid – “Pale Yellow”

Jaylan; Podcast Content Creator

  • The Weeknd – “After Hours”
  • Nothing But Thieves – “Phobia”
  • Pop Smoke – “Got It On Me”

Raney/DJ Butter; Blog Content Creator and Graphic Designer

  • Frank Ocean – “Dear April”
  • Greta Van Fleet – “Age of Machine”
  • Mac Demarco – “Here Comes The Cowboy (demo)”

Leeann/DJ Psyched; Content Contributor

  • Hayley Williams – “Pure Love”
  • Declan McKenna – “The Key to Life on Earth”
  • Rina Sawayama – “XS”

Caitlin; Content Contributor

  • Phoebe Bridgers – “I Know The End”
  • Rilo Kiley – “A Better Son/Daughter”
  • Maggie Rogers – “Dog Years”

Joey; DJ

  • Des Rocs – “Wayne”
  • Penelope Scott – “Dumpster”
  • Penelope Scott – “Lotta True Crime”

Three Bears in a Coat; DJ

  • Midnight Club – “Close Your Eyes”
  • Glass Cactus – “Anatasia”
  • Waters – “Hypocritical”

Patches; DJ

  • Viagra Boys – “Creatures”
  • Flatbush Zombies – “Afterlife”
  • JPEGMAFIA – “Rough 7”

DJ Sumatra

  • Gorillaz – “Pac Man”
  • Mac Miller – “Hand Me Downs”
  • Car Seat Headrest – “Deadlines”

Juhi; DJ

  • Sofie – “Guest”
  • Momma – “Habitat”
  • Jayda G – “Both of Us”

Museum Maddie; DJ

  • Sun Room – “Just Yesterday”
  • Fleet Foxes – “Can I Believe You”
  • Phoebe Bridgers – “Halloween”

Yung Mattro; DJ

  • 100 gecs – “hand crushed by a mallet remix”
  • Osees – “Scramble Suit II”
  • Aquiles Navarro; Tcheser Holmes – “NAVARROHOLMES”

Flowers McPowers; DJ

  • Habibi – “Angel Eyes”
  • Jeff Rosenstock – “Scram”
  • The Dune Sea – “Summers Over”

T -Time; DJ

  • Touche Amore – “Reminders”
  • Pinegrove – “The Alarmist”
  • snake eyes – “skeletons”

Squat Johnson; DJ

  • 100 gecs – “xXXi_wud_nvrstøp_ÜXXx (Remix)”
  • SLIFT – “Umoon”
  • Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – “Cars in Space”

Rainbow Riot; DJ

  • The Lemon Twigs – “Live in Favor of Tomorrow”
  • Mapache – “Me Voy Pa’l Pueblo”

Delusional Melodrama, DJ

  • Yves Tumor – “Gospel For A New Century”
  • Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B – “WAP”
  • Porridge Radio – “Sweet”

Sycamore Slim, DJ

  • Loma – “Ocotillo”
  • Joy Crookes – “Anyone But Me”
  • HAIM – “Don’t Wanna”

Cookie Cutter, DJ

  • Joywave – “Mr. Eastman”
  • Glass Animals – “Heat Wave”
  • The Strokes – “Brooklyn Bridge To Chorus”

Two -Tone, DJ

  • Hatari – “Klamstrakur”
  • Tupperware – “Blue Sky”
  • Linea Aspera – “Redshift”

Big Sam, DJ

  • RMR – “RASCAL”
  • U.S. Girls – “4 American Dollars”
  • Tame Impala – “It Might Be Time”

Big Hoss, DJ

  • Taylor Swift – “Mirrorball”
  • Bob Dylan – “Key West (Philosopher Pirate)”
  • Beverly Glenn-Copeland – “River Dreams”

DJ Traffic

  • Slow Leaves – “Half of the Bed”
  • Lil Uzi Vert – “Baby Pluto”
  • Tennis – “Need Your Love”

DJ Head Hunter

  • Jessie Ware – “Spotlight”
  • Thundercat – “Dragonball Durag”
  • Roisin Murphy – “Jealousy”

White Tiger, DJ

  • Cub Sport – “Drive”
  • Pinkish Blu – “Watermark” 
  • King Princess – “Pain”

DJ Scratch n Sniff

  • Glass Animals – “Your Love”
  • Sir Chloe – “Too Close”

Lil Witch, DJ

  • Yaeji – “Waking Up Down”
  • Coco & Clair Clair – “TLG”
  • adrianne lenker – “anything”

Deeanthony Jayanthony, DJ

  • Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi Bi – “WAP”
  • Mac Miller – “Good News” 
  • Clipping. – “Say The Name”

young iowa, DJ

  • Lil Uzi Vert – “Bean (ft. Chief Keef)”
  • Loathe – “Broken Vision Rhythm”
  • Deftones – “The Spell of Mathematics”

Lomain, DJ

  • Sylvan Esso – “Rooftop Dancing”
  • Anderson .Paak – “JEWELZ”
  • eevee – “Serenity”

Clearly, the tastes of our staff are all over the place. In all honesty, we originally intended to highlight a few albums that popped up several times across the spectrum, expecting a few to do so. This… did not happen but it’s actually rather exciting to see how far spread our genre influences are (wonderful for students working at a radio station). However, it should be noted that both Phoebe Bridgers (“Punisher”) and Mac Miller (“Circles”) were listed three times with Deftones, 100 gecs, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Hayley Williams following with two acknowledgments each. With 39 contributing students and 118 songs total this playlist is sure to cover every major genre and have hidden gems tucked in every corner. Give it a spin, let us know what you think on social media (@wknc881 on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram). Cheers to the New Year with hopefully another great line-up of releases to come.


Songs that got me through 2020

As 2020 comes to an end (thank God), it’s time to review my favorite songs of 2020! Even though 2020 was not so great for some of us, there has been some great music released! Here are some of my favorite songs: 

Behind the Bend – Boundaries 

Okay, let’s be real. The song that this album is off of, “Your Receding Warmth,” is by far my favorite release of 2020 and will always be one of my favorites. It was hard for me to choose just one song BUT this song has always stood out to me. It has everything that is great with Boundaries – breakdowns, spoken word, and the riffs. Absolutely iconic. 

He Say She Say – Mulatto 

You all know I love me some bad bitch music and this was my number one song of 2020. No surprise that I literally had this song on repeat all the time! Mulatto just has this energy that I really connect to and she’s very upfront: she’s pretty and sweet but she will throw hands. That’s the type of energy I’m talking about!! Her voice in this song is powerful and strong; you can sense that she means what she raps about. I love music that shows raw emotions and isn’t just a front. 

Pretty Bitch Freestyle – Saweetie 

Another bad bitch song! Who would’ve thought? I love Saweetie and her freestyles are my personal favorite because she is really showing her personality and attitude. She talks about staying on “Hot Girl Energy” even through quarantine and honestly, I think every girl should stay on their “Hot Girl Energy.” 

Chains of Agony – Upon A Burning Body

We all know that I love Upon A Burning Body. I had to put a song off of their EP. UABB brings the riffs and pure aggression to their music and they have really improved their sound from their previous records! 

I hope you enjoyed a snippet of the songs that got me through 2020!! 

Stay Metal, 



Friday Favorites 12/18/20

  1. Show Out (feat. Skepta & Pop Smoke) by Kid Cudi: After 10 years, Kid Cudi has followed up MOTM II with the third installment, The Chosen. Keep your eyes peeled for my review of the new album!
  2. SLIME by Shygirl: UK artist Shygirl perfectly captures the grime of the nightclub with “SLIME.” Produced in part by SOPHIE, the track combines rumbling sub bass with futuristic synth effects and, of course, Shygirl’s primal vocals.
  3. Quiche by Chukwu: This cut by Chukwu features an eerie percussion loop and foreboding bass – the perfect foundation for his gruff delivery and cold-blooded bars.
  4. The Other Lover by Little Dragon and Moses Sumney: Moses teams up with Little Dragon to bring us “The Other Lover,” a meditation on love triangles complete with synth swells and horn lines.
  5. Watch Me (feat. Joey Bada$$) by Statik Selektah: Statik Selektah’s new album The Balancing Act is packed full of features from some of the biggest names in hip-hop like Nas, 2 Chainz and Killer Mike. A personal favorite is “Watch Me,” featuring Joey Bada$$.
  6. JOURNEY by Tobe Nwigwe: 2020 saw the release of Tobe Nwigwe’s THE PANDEMIC PROJECT. “JOURNEY,” with its gospel/hip-hop crossover appeal is a highlight for sure.
  7. What It Feels Like by Potatohead People: This track features a sticky guitar loop, horn sections and verses from T3, Illa J and Kapok.
  8. SUPER TUESDAY! by JPEGMAFIA: EP!, Peggy’s latest offering, is a collection of singles released throughout the year, with “SUPER TUESDAY!” being the latest. This one finds him rapping with a measured flow over a soulful string sample.

– DJ Mango


December 2020 Sample Platter

  1. Suzie Thundertussy by Junie Morrison: The Madlib-produced song “No More Parties in LA” heavily samples this song’s intro to create the backdrop for Kendrick and Kanye’s spectacular verses.
  2. What More Can I Say by The Notations: This song was looped by Knxwledge in the song “What More Can I Say” by NxWorries, where Anderson .Paak sings about his unfaithful disposition.
  3. Huit octobre 1971 by Cortex: Fans of MF DOOM will recognize the soaring vocals of this track from “One Beer,” a highlight on his MM…FOOD album.
  4. Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach: Busdriver’s “Imaginary Places” samples the flute motif from this Bach suite and speeds it up to a feverish pace, making for one of the most creative and unique samples in all of hip-hop.
  5. Love Theme from The Robe by Yusef Lateef: Nujabes’ brand of laid back, sample-driven beats were a predecessor to the lo-fi hip-hop genre. “Feather,” which samples “Love Theme from The Robe,” is a great example of this.
  6. Ten Et Tiwa by Alain Goraguer: Flying Lotus flipped this one into what we know as “Black Balloons Reprise” featuring Denzel Curry, which has a eerie flute lead and trunk-knocking drums.
  7. Why Not by Yoko Ono: JPEGMAFIA sampled the intro of this song to make the best for “3 Tearz,” a Danny Brown joint featuring Run the Jewels.
  8. In a Sentimental Mood by Duke Ellington: Mac Miller chopped up the main piano motif from this classic jazz standard to make “Diablo,” which is one of his best beats.

– DJ Mango


DJ Mango’s Top 10 Songs of 2020

It’s that time of year again! The days are getting shorter, hyperconsumerism is at a seasonal high, and Spotify has released its annual Spotify Wrapped – a look back at your streaming habits throughout the year. Here are the ten songs I listened most this year, in order. Be warned – the list is a little stacked.

10. Sugah Daddy by D’Angelo: From the catchy piano vamp to the bouncy horn sections and quirky vocal scatting, this song is sure to have your head bobbing – just as mine was all year.

9. Everybody by Mac Miller: This cover of Arthur Lee’s “Everybody’s Gotta Live,” with its group vocals and steady drums, is a perfect fit for Mac Miller. Like the rest of his posthumous album Circles, it is simultaneously melancholy and uplifting.

8. Agüita by Gabriel Garzón-Montano: GGM’s first official foray into Latinx hip-hop pays off with “Agüita,” a rapid-fire track that explores the different meanings of the word. Check out my review of Agüita here!

7. Plastic by Moses Sumney: From 2017’s Aromanticism comes the ethereal “Plastic,” a guitar-driven ballad that explores unrequited love and unrealistic expectations. The sparse instrumentation allows Moses’ fragile and angelic voice to take center stage.

6. Really Love – Live from Spotify NYC by D’Angelo: “Really Love” is possibly my favorite D’Angelo song. The Live from Spotify NYC performance is my favorite version thanks to the extended string intro and jam-session outro. Check out my thoughts on D’Angelo’s album Black Messiah right here!

5. Good News by Mac Miller: Gently plucked strings and understated drums serve as the backdrop as Mac explores how the people around him only want to hear “good news.”

4. Keep On Running by Gabriel Garzón-Montano: “Keep On Running” opens with two simple piano chords and builds with drums and bass, and before you know it the song is a full-fledged funk feature.

3. Crawl by Gabriel Garzón-Montano: “Crawl” makes codependency catchier than ever before, thanks to its bouncy bass and earworm of a chorus.

2. 6 8 by Gabriel Garzón-Montano: This song, which was sampled in “Jungle,” is a great example of the Drake Effect – that is, the tendency for artists to blow up after being featured on a Drake song. But regardless of its sample status, “6 8” remains a simple, yet beautifully crafted song.

1. Everything is Everything by Gabriel Garzón-Montano: Last but not least, my top streamed song of 2020 was Everything is Everything by Gabriel Garzón-Montano. I knew from the very first time I heard it that I would be hooked.  The syncopated vocal harmonies, unique percussion, and catchy melodies come together in a way that never fails to flood my brain with serotonin every time I hear it. I could go on for hours about how much this song means to me, but I won’t. But I could. You can read more about my thoughts on this song – and the rest of the EP – right here.

That’s the list! What were your top songs of 2020?

– DJ Mango


Compiled by Caitlin: Year in Review

Like many of y’all, I was excited to see what my Spotify Wrapped had to tell me about my music habits from this year, but I was especially excited for the 100 song playlist that Spotify curates every year. It’s so gratifying and entertaining to see how my music taste has evolved over time. I want to share my favorites from that playlist with you guys and some memories I have associated with each song. Without further ado, let’s get started. 

“Beautiful Faces” by Declan McKenna

This single off of McKenna’s sophomore album “Zeros” is a guitar heavy indie-rock song and in my opinion, an unforgettable bop. Like most of McKenna’s songs, this one is a thematically heavy but sonically upbeat song. It reminds me of walking around campus and studying in NC State’s library, D.H. Hill, pre-pandemic.

Favorite Lyric: “Going to the stores, pullin’ socks out of the drawers / Of the people who you don’t love anymore.”

“Bittersweet” by Greer

This was one of my favorite songs in the beginning of this year. “Bittersweet” by Greer is an indie-rock anthem about a toxic relationship, and is by far my favorite song by the group. The verses detail the good parts of a relationship while the chorus touches on the bad moments. It’s a catchy tune about love, and definitely falls under the same thematically-sad-sonically-upbeat category I mentioned with “Beautiful Faces.” 

Favorite Lyric: “The solitude is now mine / We made it ‘cross the finish line / And left the whole world behind.”

“Friends” by The Lone Bellow

This mellow folk-rock song about the beauties of a strong friendship is another song that I loved pre-pandemic. The instrumentals in this song tug on my heart; the prominent percussion and strong horns make this song feel like home. Even though I only discovered it this year, it feels like one of those songs I’ve known forever, and I love taking solace in that.

Favorite Lyric: “Might punch the clock feel the void / Calling out like it did before.”

“Ceiling Won’t Break” by Finish Ticket

Okay so, this song made it into my Spotify Wrapped last year too, but it’s just such a classic I never stop listening to it. This is yet another indie-rock song (can you tell what my favorite genre is?) that reminds me of good times and got me through bad times. There’s never a time where “Ceiling Won’t Break” doesn’t fit my mood. Finish Ticket also sings “Lying Through Our Teeth,” which didn’t make it onto my Spotify Wrapped but is still one of my favorites nonetheless.

Favorite Lyric: I close my eyes, takes me away / And I go to better times, but reality draws that line.”

“Wrecking Ball” by Mother Mother

This song might have single handedly gotten me through the entire month of July. After hearing a snippet of this song on TikTok, it got stuck in my head for weeks but I kept forgetting to look it up. Funnily enough, a dear friend of mine put this song on a playlist she made me for my birthday and the rest was history. This indie-rock song, like “Beautiful Faces” and “Bittersweet,” has a rather dark theme, but a rather cheery sound.

Favorite Lyric: “You gotta see the artistry / In tearing the place apart with me baby.”

“So Much Better” by Evan Olson

This funky rock tune is very reminiscent of Barenaked Ladies. It has a very interesting story behind it, as it was lost in time for a few decades, and was rediscovered through the investigative journalism of PJ Vogt in episode #158 of the podcast “Reply All” which you can listen to here. This song, as well as the podcast “Reply All” got me through the beginning months of quarantine this year. The icing on the cake is that Olson is based out of Greensboro, North Carolina.

Favorite Lyric: “Long before I looked into your eyes / I saw a million stars start flashin’.”

“Nickel” by Flipturn

Discovering Flipturn this year drastically changed my life for the better. Their “Citrona” EP was essentially the soundtrack to my February and March. This rock anthem reminds me of better times but similarly to “Friends” by The Lone Bellow, it feels like one of those songs I’ve known forever. 

Favorite Lyric: “But wait, what about yesterday? / I was only five / And had so much to say.”

I hope you enjoyed hearing about my top picks from the year. Be sure to check out these songs here.




Beat Switches in Hip-hop

EDM music has the bass drop, heavy metal has the breakdown, and if there is an equivalent in hip-hop music it would be the beat switch. A good beat switch can take the listener by surprise and serve as a crucial turning point in a record. A bad one can be jarring, uninspired, or otherwise uninteresting. With that said, here is a short list of some of my favorite beat switches in hip-hop!

  1. NEVER by JID: Perhaps the most underrated song on this list, this beat switch finds JID shifting into his highest gear.
  2. Under Pressure by Logic: In this two-part epic, Logic explores not only pressure from the music industry, but from his family as well. These two aspects are delineated by the beat switch halfway through the song.
  3. Furthest Thing by Drake: Generally speaking, Drake has two sides – vulnerable and boastful. The beat switch on “Furthest Thing” showcases both of these, with Drake reflecting on his shortcomings in the first part and taking a victory lap in the second.
  4. XXX. FEAT. U2. by Kendrick Lamar: Kendrick is known for his ability to change tone at a moment’s notice, and this song is one of the best examples of that. He ends a frantic verse about gun violence by saying “Alright kids, we’re gonna talk about gun control.” The irony here is accentuated by the beat switch, where police sirens are traded for simple piano chords.
  5. This is America by Childish Gambino: In 2018, Bino broke the internet with his surprise single and music video for “This Is America.” The back and forth between a cheery chorus and bass-heavy verses symbolizes the duality of the Black experience in America, making for one of the most powerful beat switches ever.
  6. Sicko Mode by Travis Scott: The three-part structure of this song, with not one but two beat switches, has led some to call it “the Bohemian Rhapsody of our generation.” Such a comparison might offend old heads, but only time will tell if it will make the same impact that Queen’s song has.
  7. Nights by Frank Ocean: Last but certainly not least is one of the most transcendent beat switches my ears have ever heard. Not only does the beat switch on “Nights” mark the exact halfway point on Blonde, but it also marks a sonic and thematic shift from child-like naivety of the first half of the album to the contemplative and mature second half. Though not exactly a hip-hop song, it still has one of the best beat switches ever.

What do you think? What are your favorite beat switches?

– DJ Mango


Monday Favorites

Hey everone! Here is a batch of songs that I have been rocking with lately:

  1. Amber by Unusual Demont: As winter approaches and the sun fades away, “Amber” by Unusual Demont, with its laid-back instrumentation and organic vocals, will bring you back to those endless summer nights.
  2. Move On by canvisluv and S9ACECAT: canvisluv, an up-and-coming artist from Ohio, just released Patience: Summer Never Came Demos Check it out here!
  3. Help by Aaron Taylor: From 2016’s Better Days comes “Help” by Aaron Taylor, a D’Angelo-esque head-bobber complete with vocal harmonies, strings, and walking basslines.
  4. Don’t Waste My Time by SAULT: “Don’t Waste My Time” is a song whose name says it all, and it does so with an incredible drum and bass groove.
  5. Infunami by Steve Lacy: The Lo-Fis is Steve Lacy’s new album, and it is composed of SoundCloud Leaks and unreleased demos from his time in high school. “Infunami” calls back to the days of “C U Girl” and “Some” with its guitar chord progression and Garageband-like simplicity.
  6. Check Me Out by Rico Nasty: “Check Me Out” is fresh off of Rico Nasty’s new album Nightmare Vacation. Its eerie piano loop perfectly complements her dynamic voice, which alternates between screaming and whispering.
  7. Pressure In My Palms (feat. slowthai & Vince Staples) by Aminé: This track marks Aminé’s first collaboration with Vince Staples and second collaboration with slowthai.
  8. Peppers and Onions by Tierra Whack: This new track from miss Whack explores introspective themes of self-acceptance and feeling stuck, all while retaining the catchiness all of her songs possess.

– DJ Mango


November 2020 Sample Platter

Welcome to November’s edition of Sample Platter, where I shed light on the samples in some of hip-hop’s best beats! This month we’ve got the following songs:

  1. Experience by Daedalus: Fans of Madvillain will recognize this accordion sample from MF DOOM and Madlib’s “Accordion.” Livin’ off borrowed time, the clock ticks faster…
  2. I Put a Spell On You by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins: Not only has this song been covered by the likes of Nina Simone, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Marilyn Manson, but its brass stabs also appear as a sample in Biggie’s “Kick in the Door.”
  3. Nature Boy by The Singers Unlimited: Acapella group The Singers Unlimited have proved to be a gold mine for producers such as J Dilla, Nujabes and many more. This track was sampled by Flying Lotus on his 2007 track “Massage Situation.”
  4. Ready or Not Here I Come “Can’t Hide from Love) by The Delfonics: This classic was sampled by Fugees, Missy Elliot and Three 6 Mafia. My favorite flip is Missy’s “Sock it 2 Me” in which producer Timbaland layers hard-hitting drums over the sample’s descending brass motif.
  5. Mariya by the Family Circle: The vocal harmonies in the beginning of this song can also be found in J. Cole’s “Wet Dreamz.”
  6. Liberty by Amnesty: Kanye West has appeared on every edition of the Sample Platter, and that’s because he (and his team) have a great ear for samples. Here, Amnesty’s “Liberty” was chopped up for Ye’s famous “poopity-scoop” verse on “Lift Yourself.”
  7. Silver Soul by Beach House: DJ Dahi took the intro of this song, reversed it, added drums and 808s and sent it to Kendrick Lamar. The result is the song we know as “Money Trees” – one of my favorite hip-hop instrumentals ever.
  8. Goin’ Down by Ol’ Dirty Bastard: Who would’ve thought to turn ODB’s guttural screams into a beat? None other than hip-hop anti-hero JPEGMAFIA, who did just that with his song “Real N—.”

– DJ Mango