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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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Episodes

Old Town Ghosts

5/22/2019
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In this episode of Riffs on Riffs, Joe & Toby discuss the rise of a Hip-Hop Cowboy, Lil Nas X, the 20-year-old rapper and internet savant behind the hip-hop-country crossover “Old Town Road.” In yet another rags to riches/started from the bottom tale of stardom, Lil Nas X was a college dropout living on his sister’s couch in Atlanta with a negative balance in his bank account. Now, he’s crushed Drake’s single-week streaming record and had the Number One song in the country for five weeks...

Duration:00:38:21

Trans-European Hot Tubs

5/8/2019
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Dubbed "The Beatles of electronic dance music" by The New York Times in 1997, Dusseldorf-based band Kraftwerk pioneered the genre, and some see them as the grandfathers of techno… and they did it without computers! From the most obscure indie rock to the most mainstream pop, and even hip-hop, all across the board, most music bears the impression of their invention; and by invention (i.e. materializing something out of thin air), Kraftwerk didn’t just pioneer a genre. Until the moment...

Duration:00:37:54

Pop Goes the Sledgehammer

4/24/2019
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In this episode of Riffs on Riffs, Joe & Toby dive into one of the biggest hits, “Pop Goes The Weasel” (1991), from Brooklyn-based hip-hop trio 3rd Bass. Considered to be a ground-breaking group of the time in the 1980’s, 3rd Bass was a mixed-race rap group who broke out in a pre-Eminem rap world. Learn more about talented artists behind 3rd Bass and where they nabbed the sounds for their greatest chart topping hit song. Hint: He’s an iconic English musician who can really bring the...

Duration:00:37:12

Be Careful of Exes

4/10/2019
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She’s hip-hop’s current “it girl,” plastered all over our televisions, can be heard in most of the current music on the Billboard Hot 100, has multiple Grammy nominees - and one win! - for her debut album Invasion of Privacy and can even be found in women’s make up cabinets with a lucrative collaboration with fashion icon Tom Ford. The Cardi B effect is rippling throughout hip-hop and we can’t seem to get enough this Bronx-born rapper. In this episode, Joe & Toby dive into one of Cardi B’s...

Duration:00:36:02

Shooting Pains

3/27/2019
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Every sporting event and arena in America has House of Pain to thank for its lasting contribution to hip-hop history with their 1992 crowd pleasing hit, “Jump Around.” Even movies like Mrs. Doubtfire to Black Hawk Down and Bridget Jones’ Baby, have utilized the energetic popularity to supplement their soundtracks. 27 years later we are all still jumping around to this jazzy-punk-hip hop mash-up of greatness. Joe and Toby discuss House of Pain members - Everlast, DJ Lethal & Danny Boy - and...

Duration:00:34:17

Oops Upside Your Funk

3/13/2019
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Superstar DJ and British record producer Mark Ronson has earned both praise and popular success for his throwback, funk-influenced work with a range of diverse and international artists and musicians. From Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Paul McCartney, to Adele, and more, Ronson has forged a trail of magnetic tunes, in his own right. In addition to winning Grammy Awards for Producer and Record of the Year, he also topped the charts with his fourth solo jaunt, Uptown Special, and its...

Duration:00:37:12

The Way to a Little Bit of Love

2/27/2019
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She is one of the industry’s leading princess’ of pop with a trail of hits, world tour and a Grammy to prove it. In this episode Joe and Toby explore the music of pop sensation, Ariana Grande. Alongside her widely successful music career and string of chart-topping collaborations - from Iggy Azalea, the Weeknd and Nicki Minaj - to name a few, Grande performance goes beyond her infamous ponytail. It is safe to say her cheesy kids’ sitcom days are over! It’s time to hop in the time machine...

Duration:00:34:00

I Know You Want a Street Player

2/12/2019
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“Failure is the mother of all success,” quotes multi-platinum recording artist and rapper, Armando “Pitbull” Perez. As someone who went from Miami street rapper to global brand ambassador, he fought and won the battle of ‘starting from the bottom’. Pitbull has sold more than 70 million singles, has more than 67 million digital downloads, more than nine billion YouTube views, and has over 22 million Twitter followers and 59 million followers on Facebook. He’s performed in over 50 countries...

Duration:00:36:08

True Memories of Bliss

1/29/2019
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In this episode, Joe and Toby explore the groundbreaking 1988 hip-hop duo P.M. Dawn and their De La Soul-esque ‘romantic hip-hop’ infused catalog of music. The group, composed of Jersey City brothers Attrell Cordes, known as Prince Be, and brother Jarrett Cordes, who went by DJ Minutemix, earned enormous success for their stream of pop hits in the 1990’s. The focus track, “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss” (1991) was P.M. Dawn's first (and only) number-one hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 and...

Duration:00:34:29

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