Jesus Walks, by Kanye West

Most people I know (you know, middle-aged suburban folk like me) have a strong dislike for hip-hop artist Kanye West. He is fantastically egotistical and abrasive. He is famously contrarian and needlessly controversial. His words and actions regularly cause friction and anger. He chooses to live loudly in the spotlight, driving flashy sports cars, marryingContinue reading “Jesus Walks, by Kanye West”

Fight the Power, by Public Enemy

“Yet our best trained, best educated, best equipped, best prepared troops refuse to fight. Matter of fact, it’s safe to say they would rather switchhhh…than fight.” Thomas “TNT” Todd And through this sample, a recording of a civil rights speech, so begins “Fight the Power” which, as introduction to the movie Do the Right Thing,Continue reading “Fight the Power, by Public Enemy”

9 Great Rock, Jazz and Soul samples in Rap Music

“Said a hip hop,Hippie to the hippie, the hip, hip a hop,and you don’t stop, a rock it out.” Rapper’s Delight by The Sugarhill Gang was released in 1980, and was the first rap song I ever heard. I was 14 years old, and growing up a white, Jewish kid in the suburbs of Chicago,Continue reading “9 Great Rock, Jazz and Soul samples in Rap Music”