Tip I’ll Give You a Break, Pt. 3
posted by October 29 at 12:32 PMon
Hiphop producers have sampled the shit out of Steve Miller Band’s music. Go here [scroll about halfway down] and witness what’s likely just a fraction of the songs augmented by the choicest bits from Steve Miller—whom Miles Davis once dissed as a “no-playing motherfucker.”
But! Notice anything missing? Nobody’s used “Livin’ in the USA.” Huh.
The song’s first 60-some seconds are begging for somebody to spit fire over. Does hiphop move this fast anymore? Not so much, really, but it would be lovely if mugs (or even Muggs) upped the tempo once in a while. Anybody still remember those fantastic early Brand Nubian or Son of Bazerk records? Or Fu-Schnickens, even? Jeez, I hope so.
Anyway, this blues-rock segment from “Livin’ in the USA” of which I speak has aged very well. I bet it would sound amazing in a new rap context. Paradox!