Rather than type a mini-dissertation about the latest artist podcast here at Potholes, I’m going to let Lushlife — a Philly-based rapper-producer you should stop sleeping on immediately — speak for himself:
Certain breakbeats are transportative. For heads slightly older than me, those James Brown breaks instantly turn back the clock to Cross Colors, Cazal Shades, and Diadoras, or whatever. For me, the drum loop from “It’s a New Day” by funk-soul pioneers Skull Snaps always gives me chills. It was used, wholesale, on so many of my favorite jams growing up. There was a time, around 1994, where you’d hear the break like twice-an-hour on commercial rap radio.
In any case, with this podcast, I’d like to take a quick survey of songs that I dig, that are based around this classic break (including one of my own). It speaks volumes that so many classics have Skull Snaps, as it’s commonly called, in its DNA. DJ Shadow, MF Doom, and Black Moon have used it, but so did Crazytown and Alanis Morrissette. Either way, the first four bars of “It’s a New Day” transcended their time-and-space in 1973, and had an indelible impact on my 1990s.
Sounds good, right? It is. Lush has made a playlist of the ’90s’ best hip-hop joints and we couldn’t be happier about sharing it with y’all. Next time you’re browsing through your mp3 collection with the intention of creating an essential boom-bap playlist, just throw this on. It’ll more than do the job. Also, as always, many thanks to Potholes’ own Theodore Taylor for the artwork.
You can stream the podcast here and download it below.
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- Skull Snaps – “It’s A New Day”
- Black Moon – “Who Got the Props?”
- Camp Lo – “Cooley High”
- DJ Shadow – “What Does Your Soul Look Like, Pt 3”
- Lords of the Underground – “Funky Child”
- Pharcyde – “Passin’ Me By”
- Das EFX – “Mic Checka”
- Lushlife – “Magnolia”
- Digable Planets – “For Corners”
- Hieroglyphics – “All Things”
- MF Doom – “Who You Think I Am?”
- Pete Rock & CL Smooth – “If it Ain’t Rough, It Ain’t Right”
- Main Source – “Just Hangin’ Out”