Thursday August 13, 2020

"Who Sampled It Better?" #13 - Fatback's "Baby I'm-a Want You"
Posted by Steve Juon at Monday, October 9th, 2017 at 8:00PM :: Email this article :: Print this article

[Mos Def courtesy Wikimedia Commons]"Who Sampled It Better?" #13 - Fatback's "Baby I'm-a Want You"

As written by Steve 'Flash' Juon, and voted on by THE PEOPLE who read!

This one is going to be pretty simple. I'm only putting two songs head to head this week, and they both sample The Fatback Band's "Baby I'm-a Want You" in completely different ways, but both put a very funky spin on it. The image of Mos Def is not meant to bias you to vote in his favor, it's just the best thumbnail I could use because there's none of Fatback themselves, despite being an important group for hip-hop history besides this sample. Their 1979 single "King Tim III (Personality Jock)" is considered by many to be the first documented commercially sold hip-hop record. It actually predates the much better known "Rappers Delight" by Sugarhill Gang by several months.

Anyway we're here today to discuss a sample, not the merits of Fatback as hip-hop pioneers, so first take a listen to the original "Baby I'm-a Want You" before you vote.

And here are your two choices - Busta Rhymes f/ Ol' Dirty Bastard, and Mos Def!

1.) Busta Rhymes f/ Ol' Dirty Bastard "Where's Your Money?"

2.) Mos Def - "Mathematics"

Now place your vote! We'll have the results in seven days.

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