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"Who Sampled It Better?" #2 - The Votes Are In!
Posted by Steve Juon at Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 at 12:00AM :: Email this article :: Print this article

[DJ Premier courtesy Wikimedia]Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon: The results are in for round two! On our second edition of "Who Sampled It Better?" I asked the audience to vote on the producer and/or rapper who made the best use of a loop for a classic track. There's no room for complacency here as some of these legendary tracks only won by a few votes last time. Hopefully everybody respected the architects and got their choices in!

And now without further adieu it's time to reveal the winners between Brand Nubian and Lord Finesse, Compton's Most Wanted and Gang Starr, EPMD and Nas, and Digable Planets vs. Ice-T in the grand finale!

1.) Lou Donaldson - "It's Your Thing"

The choices were Brand Nubian - "Punks Jump Up to Get Beat Down" and Lord Finesse's "Stop Sweating the Next Man." And the winner with a very clear 88% of the vote is...

* Brand Nubian - "Punks Jump Up to Get Beat Down"

EDITOR'S NOTE: This result isn't that shocking. I would have voted for Brand Nubian myself but purposefully abstained, although I think in both cases I think one being released as a single/video stacked the deck against the other. The difference between the actual jack isn't nearly as large as the margin of victory.

2.) Quincy Jones - "Snow Creatures"

The choices were Compton's Most Wanted - "Def Wish II" and Gang Starr's "ALONGWAYTOGO." And the winner with an impressive 78% of the vote is...

* Gang Starr - "ALONGWAYTOGO"

EDITOR'S NOTE: I couldn't have really expected a song crafted by Primo to lose when I use a picture of DJ Premier at the top of each article. Nevertheless I'm very fond of the production on the "Music to Driveby" album as a whole, with a slew of producers including MC Eiht, DJ Slip, Master Ric Roc and DJ Mike T among others. "Def Wish II" is one of the finest examples the album has to offer.

3.) The J.B.'s - "(It's Not the Express) It's the J.B.'s Monaurail"

EPMD's "Let the Funk Flow" and Nas' "Nastradamus" went head to head. I expected this vote to be close but had my expectations blown out of the water with an 89% slam dunk in favor of...

* EPMD - "Let the Funk Flow"

EDITOR'S NOTE: Once again I can't say the wrong song won given EPMD did it first and arguably did it better (give Erick Sermon his props) but much like Brand Nubian and Lord Finesse the difference in the usage of the sample is much smaller than you'd think based on the results.

4.) Bobbi Humphrey - "Jasper Country Man"

The choices were Digable Planets - "Blowing Down" and Ice-T's "New Jack Hustler." And the winner with an astonishing 100% of the vote is...

* Digable Planets - "Blowing Down"

EDITOR'S NOTE: Honestly this one is a fail on my part. Even though for me it was an intellectually intriguing case for comparison of what and how they sampled from Bobbi Humphrey, her name didn't spark the interest of the voters. I chalk that up to lack of recognition for a jazz music legend and also for what voters must have assumed was a slam dunk easy win on Ice-T's part. This just goes to show what happens when not enough people vote, and it's not that the Digable Planets track isn't more deserving, it's just that it never had the exposure T did (his was released as a single and featured in a major motion picture) so the Planets win by virtue of voter apathy. Think about that one come November with much larger issues at stake in the United States this season.

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