Playing tracks by
The Whatnauts, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, The Jones Girls, Slave and more.
This mix is what got me a residency at a couple spots in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I used to spin at a spot called Savalas on Mondays, a place called Bembe on Wednesdays, and on Thursdays I'd play at the beloved but now extinct Black Bettys that also featured great Brooklyn bands (Pimps of Joytime, Turbine, Adrian Hibbs Band, Mavis "Swan" Poole, and others). Spinning in front of a crowd that would rarely stop dancing was always fun and these people really knew their music. Living in Brooklyn definitely got me heavily into breakbeats and original samples. Several are featured here, including the Whatnauts' "Why Can't People Be Colors Too" (drums sampled by A Tribe Called Quest), "Are You My Woman" by the Chi-lites (sampled by Beyonce for her first big solo hit), "Rapper Dapper Snapper" by Edwin Birdsong (breakbeat sampled by De La Soul for their first hit), and Herbie Hancock's "Come Running to Me" (sampled by J. Dilla for Slum Village's tune, "Money").