Sampled Saturdays Vol. 1 - Just A Friend

Time for a little edjamacation my friends. Yes, whether you want it or not I'm starting a new series. 
I present to you:

Sampled Saturdays is my own personal outlet to overcome one of my biggest peeves (I admit, I have shamed many a younger co-worker for a general lack of original/sample knowledge) & also to perpetuate a plethora of knowledge I have yet to gain. Ladies and gets, I present to you THE SAMPLE.

For those of you who don't know what a sample is, which I really doubt is the case with anyone bothering with this blog, here's a handy web definition to straighten some things out for ya:

So let's get on with this funky party! We're kicking things off with one of my favorites that I am oddly not at all ashamed of, and that my friends is Biz Markie's 1989 classic, "Just A Friend."

The original, "(You) Got What I Need" was released by the great Freddie Scott in 1968, written & produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Scott was a soul singer & a songwriter who worked with some pretty amazing talents including Carole King and made a name for himself with some great covers of songs by Van Morrison & Bob Dylan.

The beat behind Biz Markie's hit comes from Lee Dorsey's ever-present "Get Out of My Life, Woman"(think Mayer Hawthorne's "Just Ain't Workin' Out" or Cypress Hill's "Hits From The Bong"), which continues to be used in hip hop and r&b tracks to this day.

Well, that wasn't so hard was it, was it. Thanks for taking the time to check out my first, and definitely not last, Sampled Saturday.

If you want to see what the tune behind all the bs on the radio these days is or just learn a few things about the r&b/hip hop tunes & beats you fancy, head over to one of my favorite guilty pleasures on the interweb: WhoSampled.com.