Feeling quite creative today I must say! With the overall success of the first sample appreciation post (The Emotions-”Blind Alley”), I figured I’d shed a little light on my second favorite “sample” or “breakbeat” of all time…The Honeydrippers “Impeach The President”. The first time I recall hearing the break for “Impeach….” would have probably been via Nice & Smooth’s “Funky For You”. Was I blown away like I was when I first heard the “Blind Alley” sample used on AMG’s “Jiggable Pie”? Probably not, but I will say that “Impeach..” has got to be one of the “Fonkiest” (as the Biz would say) breaks EVER! My favorite usage of the sample is without a doubt EPMD’s “Total Kaos” off of their “Unfinished Business” album. And while we’re on the subject of “Total Kaos”, the best and probably the funniest line of that track is “Cuz your an NR…that means a non-rapper”..CLASSIC! On the other hand Shaggy almost destroyed my love for the “Impeach..”sample with his usage on the 2000 “hit” “Mr. Lover” (I think that was the name of the song?) Okay, I gotta’ come clean…I did kinda‘ like that Shaggy joint when it first came out. On the other hand, the absolute WORST usage of “Impeach..” had to be Meredith Brooks’ “Bitch” (yeah, I know you remember that sh*t, it only played every hour on the radio for like..2 years).
Also, this cut has been jerked by more than a few R & B artists as well. I can’t even front, there is a few R & B cuts that used the sample to perfection. I loved it for Soul II Soul’s “Back To Life” (the extended version that plays at the beginning of BELLY, not the BS version they had on their album), Jodeci’s “Come & Talk To Me Remix” and lastly Janet Jackson’s “That’s The Way Love Goes” (remember Jennifer Lopez in that video?). Their are enough artists that have used “Impeach..” to probably do a five volume feature, but I’ve just pieced a few of the more “well known” uses and a few of my favorite examples thrown in there for good measure…Enjoy…-Eric
When They Reminisce Presents – Sample Appreciation Vol.II “Impeach The President”
- “Impeach The President”-The HoneyDrippers
- “Check It Out”-Grand Puba f. Mary J. Blige
- “Ring Ring Ring”-De La Soul
- “ALONGWAYTOGO”-Gang Starr
- “Gangsta’s Fairytale II”-Ice Cube
- “Funky For You”-Nice & Smooth
- “Back From Hell”-Run DMC
- “The Pimp”-Scarface
- “Moses”-Slick Rick
- “I Can’t Hold It Back”-K-Solo
- “Go Where I Send Thee”-Masta Ace….Thanks WYDU!
- “We Getz Busy”-Illegal
- “Pass The Bone”-The Genius/GZA & Prince Rakeem/RZA
- “Hi Volume”-Rumpeltilskinz
- “I Need Some Blow”-Chubb Rock
- “Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)”-Digable Planets
- “Around The Way Girl”-LL Cool J
- “Total Kaos”-EPMD
- “The Dayz Of Wayback”-N.W.A.