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The Verge Playlist: Sampled funk and borrowed soul

The Verge Playlist: Sampled funk and borrowed soul


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The best 90s rap is like a jigsaw puzzle. Every drum break and borrowed hook leads back to another record — and in the internet age, you can look everything up. You can find out where that break comes from, and everyone else who ever used it. If you know where to look, you might even find out how to write it out beat by beat. Head all the way down the rabbit hole, and it'll take you from 90s rap to 70s soul, through 60s jazz-funk and back to the present day where all three are blurring into one. Click the button, take the ride…

Sadly, "Woman to Woman" and "Tokyo" are not available on Rdio.


The Comeback - Madlib
Woman to Woman - Joe Cocker
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow - Gang Starr
Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City - Bobby "Blue" Bland
Secretary - Betty Wright
T.R.O.Y. - Pete Rock & CL Smooth
Cissy Strut - The Meters
Move On Up - Curtis Mayfield
Verbal Intercourse - Raekwon, Ghostface, Nas
Juicy Fruit - Mtume
Vinca Rosea - MF Doom
Know the Ledge - Eric B. & Rakim
The Bravest Man in the Universe - Bobby Womack
I've Been Life - Cody Chesnutt
Deeper - THEESatisfaction
Walkinonit - J Dilla
Tokyo - The Books
Apple of my Eye - Big Boi
Strung Out Over You - Mavis Staples & William Bell