Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon: It's time for round three! With our third edition of "Who Sampled It Better?" I narrowed the choices from a taxing group of four to a much easier group of two. I also picked two really ideal head to head battles to challenge our listeners to think long and hard about which rapper and/or producer delivered better over the same loop - one which has been used in too many songs to name, and another that's only in a few but is a classic in each one. Let's get to the results!
* Jay-Z vs. Biggie: The Isley Brothers - "Between the Sheets"
Even though I thought this could be a close battle, in the end an all-time hip-hop classic produced by Puff Daddy and Chucky Thompson slam dunked what I thought was a better arrangement by Just Blaze. Nevertheless with 80% of the vote the winner is both CLEAR and CONCLUSIVE and I can't even disagree with the choice - I've always loved this track and always will. Rest In Power Mr. Wallace.
Notorious B.I.G. - "Big Poppa"
* Redman vs. Schoolly D: Maceo & the Macks - "Soul Power 74"
This really should have had more votes than it got and I take full responsibility for setting the window on voting too short and having to redo it a couple of days later. Nevertheless a result is a result and given I predicted it going in I'm not really shocked - you just can't beat Erick Sermon on the boards and Reggie Noble on the mic. Still though I give props to Schoolly D for doing it first and exposing more people to this loop, even though 100% of the vote says with conviction that "the original P-Funk (see you next LP chump)" did it better.