I tried something new last week! The format of "Who Sampled It Better?" was simple - every edition posted features four famous hip-hop breaks along with two songs that sampled it prominently. You could play the clips here then pick the song you think looped it best on Twitter. I promised that after a week passed I'd do a follow-up revealing the results and adding my own thoughts on the choices...
... and one week later that time has come!
1.) Roy Ayers Ubiquity - "Everybody Loves the Sunshine"
Your choices: Brand Nubian's "Wake Up (Reprise in the Sunshine" and Erule's "Listen Up."
And the winner with 56% of the vote is...
* Brand Nubian - "Wake Up (Reprise in the Sunshine)"
EDITOR'S NOTE: I'm actually shocked it was this close. I thought Brand Nubian was the "hip-hop classic" and that Erule's track was very good but also relatively obscure compared to the fame of the Nubians. Just a few votes could have swung this either way - it might be closer than the 2016 Presidential elections in a few months!
2.) Isaac Hayes - "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic"
Your choices: Dr. Dre's "Puppet Master" or Public Enemy's "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos."
And the winner with 100% of the vote is...
* Public Enemy - "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos"
EDITOR'S NOTE: This one is a clear cut win for the Bomb Squad and Public Enemy. Now I'll put P.E. in the same "hip-hop classic" category as Brand Nubian above, but while some voters were willing to take a risk and consider Erule as a worthy contender, nobody stepped out and gave Dr. Dre a chance. It may be argued that "Puppet Master" isn't a BETTER use of the sample, but it's still a damn good song! Sometimes when you go up against a legend though you GET DUNKED ON.
3.) The Isley Brothers - "Between the Sheets"
Your choices: Da Brat's "Funkdafied" and Keith Murray's "The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World."
And the winner with 67% of the vote is...
* Da Brat - "Funkdafied"
EDITOR'S NOTE: It's nice to see Shawntae Harris get some respect from the voters, although at least one voter on Twitter mentioned that "Jermaine Dupri did it better" and put it entirely on her producer. I'm not sure that's fair. I love both tracks but there's something about Da Brat's personality and delivery that deserves just as much credit for making this beat fire. Honestly if they went up against Mr. Wallace they might have been killed like Public Enemy did Dr. Dre so this was a "fair fight."
4.) Dazz - "Brick"
Your choices: Dana Dane's "Cinderfella Dana Dane" and Ice Cube's "No Vaseline."
And the winner with 86% of the vote is...
* Ice Cube - "No Vaseline"
EDITOR'S NOTE: In hindsight "Cinderfella Dana Dane" had no chance going up against what might be the most vicious diss track in hip-hop history. Is the loop by Sir Jinx and Cube really that much better than what Hurby Luv Bug did for Dane though? To the degree the vote was this much of a slam dunk? I submit that the voters ultimately gave Cube the nod because (ironically enough) of its FAME as opposed to simply being the better use of Dazz, but I respect the choice they made all the same.