Has there ever been a drum “break” that has been sampled more than the opening of Skull Snaps’ “It’s A New Day”? Well…..OK, definitely “Funky Drummer”, but this “one-hit wonder” funk group has supplied many a rapper with a with an irresistible “neck-breaker” of a beat. The bare bones drum pattern of “It’s A New Day” has been sampled by the likes of artists ranging from Alanis Morrisette to Yaggfu Front, but the first artist to sample “It’s A New Day” was Connecticut native Dooley-O. Originally released on the little known GSF label back in 1973, the original Skull Snaps record can go for upwards of $300.00 amongst fiending record collectors….not for the shear brilliance of the record, but more for the addictive “breaks” which have been “jacked” countless times in Hip Hop. While, there have been hundreds of acts to sample Skull Snaps’ “It’s A New Day”, I’ve just assembled a few of my favorite usages of the “breakbeat” with the Pete Rock produced “It’s A New Day” by Heavy D being my favorite followed not far behind by Gang Starr’s “Take It Personal” . Also, provided below is an excerpt from Wikipedia that discusses the current “whereabouts” of Skull Snaps:
Ten12 Records re-united all the original members of the Skull Snaps (Erv Littleton Waters, Sam O. Culley, and George Bragg) for the first time in over 30 years in 2005 in tandem with the bands first official release, Snapped/ I’m Your Pimp , since their 1973 album, “Skull Snaps.” Ten12 Records under the direction of Skull Snaps frontman Erv Waters plans to release the entire Skull Snaps catalog on CD/DVD with recordings from the original album plus five bonus tracks including “Al’s Razor Blade,” “Ain’t That Lovin’ You,” “On Top Of It,” “Soul Makossa,” “She’s The One” with live footage and archived photos.
Also, a big welcome back to Rasul and thanks for a the “keep ya’ head ups”, “keep on keepin’ ons” and comments I received from my “Rant” that was posted Thursday….I guess it was more of a blooger’s “breakdown” anything else! Everyone enjoy this compilation and what’s left of the weekend! Oh yeah, you NEED to pick up Ill Poetic’s “The World Is Ours” if for nothing else the beats (with the exception of “Sugar Shack” are AMAZING….think Ali Shahheed Muhammed’s Tribe days.
- “Hittin’ Switches”-Erick Sermon
- “Who Stole My Last Piece Of Chicken?”-Organized Konfusion
- “Your Man Is My Man”-Nikki D
- “Bullshit”-Tha Alkaholiks
- “Two Brothers With Checks”-Ultramagnetic MC’s
- “Who Got Da’ Props?”-Black Moon
- “Sally Got A One Track Mind”-Diamond D
- “Coolie High”-Camp Lo
- “Knock Em’ Out Da Box”-Naughty By Nature
- “Krak Da Weasel”-Da King & I
- “Take It Personal”-Gang Starr
- “My Di*k Is So Large”-Yaggfu Front
- “Da Whole Kit & Kaboodle”-Mad Kap
- “Hippa To Da Hoppa”-Ol’ Dirty Bastard
- “It’s A New Day”-Heavy D & The Boyz
- “Funky Child”-Lords Of The Underground
- “Real Raw”-Craig Mack
- “Silence Of The Lambs”-Showbiz & A.G.
- “Watch Yo’ Nuggets”-Redman
- “It’s My Turn”-Steezo