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Riffs on Riffs is a podcast that studies sampling in popular music. Lifelong musician Joe Watson hosts the show with fellow music junkie and Co-Host, Toby Brazwell. Together, they’ll connect the musical dots between legendary tracks and the timeless - but sometimes not-so-well-known - songs they sampled from. Each episode, you’ll hear the stories behind the artists and their inspiration, you’ll pick up a ton of facts about your favorite songs and you might even find yourself saying, “I can’t believe that’s where that song came from!” Find out how these epic songs drew from the history of music and paid it forward - enriching the musical landscape for future generations.

Riffs on Riffs is a podcast that studies sampling in popular music. Lifelong musician Joe Watson hosts the show with fellow music junkie and Co-Host, Toby Brazwell. Together, they’ll connect the musical dots between legendary tracks and the timeless - but sometimes not-so-well-known - songs they sampled from. Each episode, you’ll hear the stories behind the artists and their inspiration, you’ll pick up a ton of facts about your favorite songs and you might even find yourself saying, “I can’t believe that’s where that song came from!” Find out how these epic songs drew from the history of music and paid it forward - enriching the musical landscape for future generations.
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Riffs on Riffs is a podcast that studies sampling in popular music. Lifelong musician Joe Watson hosts the show with fellow music junkie and Co-Host, Toby Brazwell. Together, they’ll connect the musical dots between legendary tracks and the timeless - but sometimes not-so-well-known - songs they sampled from. Each episode, you’ll hear the stories behind the artists and their inspiration, you’ll pick up a ton of facts about your favorite songs and you might even find yourself saying, “I can’t believe that’s where that song came from!” Find out how these epic songs drew from the history of music and paid it forward - enriching the musical landscape for future generations.

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English

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Episodes

People Say You’re That Somebody

1/16/2019
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Before her death at the young age of 22, Aaliyah had released three certified platinum albums, starred in two major film roles, launched the Timbaland and Missy Elliot revolution and became an innovator of the 90’s generation R&B music scene. Joe and Toby reminisce on the life, legacy and music of Aaliyah, and the 70’s funk band that inspired her Grammy nominated hit single “Are You That Somebody?” from the Dr. Doolittle soundtrack. What we geek out over in this episode: New Orleans second...

Duration:00:38:19

Nothing Alone Can Stop Me

1/2/2019
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From couch-surfer dropping EP’s on Soundcloud to one of the hottest pop acts in the world, Halsey summits Spotify with ease, leaving behind her troubled past for a promising (and chart topping) future. Joe and Toby dive into the life and music of Halsey and her rise to the top. This includes a look back at another prominent female vocalists from the 1960’s and the sample from her not-so-well known song that inspired Halsey’s 2018 hit track “Alone.” What we geek out over in this episode:...

Duration:00:35:01

Biggie Sheets

12/19/2018
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In this episode, Joe and Toby explore some of the most iconic hip hop tracks of the 1990’s including, one of the greats, “Big Poppa” by The Notorious B.I.G. Unbeknownst to most of the world, this grammy nominated hit song, featured a not-so-well-known sample from a 1983 soul/funk group. This group created a ripple throughout time, inspiring many artists, from Gwen Stefani to Chance the Rapper, turning their legendary sounds into chart topping hits. So, if you are a fan of hip hop and love...

Duration:00:28:40

The Tom Tom Fantasy

12/5/2018
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Mariah Carey’s career - just shy of the 30-year mark - is a formidable force and one that still caps the Billboard charts. The recent release (Dec. 1) of her 15th studio album, Caution, acquired her eighth No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart (trailing only Mary J. Blige and Aretha Franklin, both with 10 chart-topping sets; and The Temptations leading with 16 No. 1s.) The mighty Mariah Carey proves that the power of a pop star knows no bounds. Before Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s “Crazy...

Duration:00:30:03

The Hamilton Hip-Hop Mixtape

11/21/2018
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Hamilton, the theatrical powerhouse and a fixture of contemporary American culture, is the spotlight of Riffs on Riffs episode eight. This collision of American history, rap and hip-hop infused musical phenomenon, won 11 Tony awards in 2016 and continues to sell out shows across the United States. Joe and Toby enthusiastically explore Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical inspiration and how the songs and artists he grew up listening to are directly referenced throughout the show. As...

Duration:00:31:25

When Doves Pray

11/14/2018
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It takes a village to raise rap’s first-ever Diamond-seller. To help send his breakout album over the platinum hurdle, hip-hop artist MC Hammer enlisted - via sample and interpolation - Rick James, Marvin Gaye, The Chi-Lites, The Jackson 5, Earth, Wind & Fire, Sly & the Family Stone, James Brown (twice) and Prince (three times). It truly is no wonder Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em (released in 1990) has sold over 22 million units to date - more than 2Pac’s Greatest Hits and Notorious B.I.G....

Duration:00:36:37

Thank You for Sittin’ In My Rhythm Nation

11/7/2018
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In the midst of breaking out from behind her family’s shadow and deeply wanting to communicate something meaningful in the face of great pressure to conform to corporate formulas, Janet Jackson released her iconic fourth studio album - Rhythm Nation 1814. (At the age of just 23 years old, mind you!) This landmark album fused Jackson’s personal and political voice together, creating a cultural ripple effect that broke down race barriers and shook the respective social divide. Joe and Toby...

Duration:00:33:47

Look, You Made Me Too Sexy

10/31/2018
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Whether you love this song or hate it, it’s impossible not to sing along to the catchy Taylor Swift chorus, “Look What You Made Me Do.” And the reason for this is pretty clear... From the moment she exclaims “ooh!” and barrels into the taunting token chorus, the words to another song start to come to mind – or – are unearthed from deep inside your subconscious memory somewhere with the 90’s hit movie "Encino Man." Either way, this is not a conspiracy people: the T-Swizzle team snatched a...

Duration:00:36:34

99 Problems and a Big Fire Ain’t One

10/23/2018
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The Black Album came out on a Friday - three weeks early due to a leak. It was a bittersweet moment for Jay-Z fans across the world seeing as though it was advertised as his final album before retiring. No need for suspense, because we all now what happened next... the retirement was short lived, thank the Rap Gods. We are still living in the era of that reversed decision, receiving hits for more than a decade, particularly every Bey and Jay collaboration from "Drunk in Love" to the "On the...

Duration:00:37:13

Underdog Ain’t Nuthin’ to Mess With

10/16/2018
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Wu-Tang Clan, a group of nine supremely talented and stylistically diverse rappers – Ghostface Killah, GZA, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, Method Man, Raekwon, RZA, U-God and the now-deceased Ol' Dirty Bastard – changed the hip hop game, forever. Not just in music, but in the music business. Wu-Tang was a financial movement as much as it was a music movement. Today Joe and Toby rewind back to the inspiration for “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthin’ To Mess With,” back before we all walked around in...

Duration:00:36:08

The Edge of Police Booty

10/16/2018
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Stevie Nicks – the woman who has dominated the music scene for almost four decades as the front woman of Fleetwood Mac and chart-topping solo artist – bow to her we must. Especially for bringing us the heart pounding 80’s hit, “Edge of Seventeen” with that stylish intro guitar riff. Joe and Toby trace the origins of this song back to a legendary English rock band that everyone will recognize. Yet, not everyone knows that the iconic sound from Stevie's infamous track was actually sampled from...

Duration:00:37:46

California Woman

10/16/2018
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It’s that head bobbin’ beat we all jammed out to in the summer of ‘96 as Tupac Shakur went straight from a jail cell to the top of the charts. Joe and Toby unpack the intro riff to Tupac’s “California Love” and retrace its steps all the way back to one of the rock n’ roll icons from the Woodstock era, in order to find its original tune. You can’t talk about Tupac without mentioning west coast hip-hop. You’ll get a mini music history lesson, highlighting influences of the eras, including...

Duration:00:37:47

Season 1 Trailer

10/1/2018
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Get a little taste of what's in store for Season 1 of Riffs of Riffs. Join musicians, Joe Watson and Toby Brazwell, as they put the spin on original and sampled tracks. From Joe Cocker to Prince, from Alicia Keys to Stevie Nicks, you'll love discovering how your favorite tunes got their sound. Subscribe now on your favorite podcast app, and you'll get the first 3 episodes on October 17th. Learn more at EvergreenPodcasts.com.

Duration:00:01:57