People Under the Stairs vs. Marco Polo: Who Flipped It Better?


Duralcha: Ghet-to Funk
From 7″ (Microtronics, 1974). Also on Funk Spectrum 2.

People Under the Stairs: The Dig
From O.S.T. (Om, 2002)

Marco Polo feat. Large Professor: The Radar Remix
From 12″ (Fat Beats, 2007)

I’ve avoided using drum breaks as a point of comparison but I thought, given the distinctiveness of the Duralcha break and its prominence in both these songs (one being brand spankin’ new), it’d be worth throwing them up for public chatter. I’m fairly certain Thes One was the first dude to put the “Ghet-to Funk” drums on a record and this […]

Continue reading People Under the Stairs vs. Marco Polo: Who Flipped It Better?

Buckwild vs. Beatnuts: Who Flipped It Better?


Cal Tjader: Morning
From Agua Dulce (Fantasy, 1971). Also on Descarga!.

O.C. and Buckwild: What I Represent
From America Is Dying Slowly (Elektra, 1996)

The Beatnuts: Fluid
From white label 12″ (?, 1997?)

For this latest installment, I’m rolling with 1) one of my favorite Cal Tjader songs, 2) one of my favorite O.C. songs, 3) one of my favorite Buckwild productions and 4) one of my favorite Beatnuts’ productions/songs. And as fate would have it: it’s all based around the same song…

Cal Tjader first recorded (I believe) “Morning” for his Soul Burst album but […]

Continue reading Buckwild vs. Beatnuts: Who Flipped It Better?

Marley Marl/Craig G vs. Puff Daddy/Biggie: Who Flipped It Better?


Lou Donaldson: Who’s Making Love
From Hot Dog (Blue Note, 1969). Also on Blue Note Breaks V. 1.

Marley Marl feat. Craig G: Droppin’ Science
From In Control Vol. 1 (Cold Chillin, 1988). Also on Droppin’ Science – The Best of Cold Chillin’.

Notorious B.I.G.: One More Chances (Hip Hop Remix)
From “One More Chance” 12″ (Bad Boy, 1995)

I still remember the first time I heard the “Hip Hop Remix” of “One More Chance” and my thought process went something like this, “goddamn, this is hot…but kind of familiar…why is that?” Back in […]

Continue reading Marley Marl/Craig G vs. Puff Daddy/Biggie: Who Flipped It Better?

Grand Puba/MC Lyte vs. Diamond D: Who Flipped It Better?


Three Dog Night: I Can Hear You Calling
From Naturally (MCA, 1970)

MC Lyte: I Am the Lyte
From Eyes On This (First Priority, 1989)

Diamond D and the Psychotic Neurotics: Best Kept Secret
From Stunts, Blunts, and Hip-Hop (Chemistry, 1992)

First of all, I’m glad folks are feeling this new series. It’s funny – I’m assuming most folks have heard most of these songs already, thus making downloads irrelevant. Meanwhile, posts featuring actually songs folks are less likely to have are getting nary a comment. I’m not complaining mind you – I just think it’s […]

Continue reading Grand Puba/MC Lyte vs. Diamond D: Who Flipped It Better?

Q-Tip vs. The Beatnuts: Who Flipped It Better?


Monty Alexander: Love and Happiness
From Rass (MPS, 1974). Also on Strange Funky Games and Things

Apache: Gangsta B—-
From Gangsta B—- (Tommy Boy, 1992)

The Beatnuts: Let Off a Couple
From Street Level (Relativity, 1994)

The Heath Brothers: Smilin’ Billy Suite Pt. 2
From Marchin’ On! (Strata East, 1976)

The Beatnuts: Ya Don’t Stop
From Street Level (Relativity, 1994)

Nas: One Love
From Illmatic (Columbia, 1994)

I’m sure this is just sheer coincidence (or…is it?!) but in both these cases, The Beatnuts and Q-Tip both sampled the same songs…but used different parts of them to craft […]

Continue reading Q-Tip vs. The Beatnuts: Who Flipped It Better?

M.O.P. vs. Scarface: Who Flipped It Better?


Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway: Be Real Black For Me
From S/T (Atlantic, 1972)

M.O.P.: World Famous
From Firing Squad (Relativity, 1996)

Scarface: On My Block
From The Fix (Def Jam, 2002)

Like our last face-off, what’s striking here is that the beats are, for all expressed purposes, identical. You might be able to quibble with the engineering differences but really, this comes down to which MC sounds better over this beautiful little loop from Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway’s anthem of self-love and pride.

I’ll say this much: if it […]

Continue reading M.O.P. vs. Scarface: Who Flipped It Better?

Premier vs. Beatminerz: Who Flipped It Better?


The […]

Continue reading Premier vs. Beatminerz: Who Flipped It Better?