by Dave Segal
on Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 4:09 PM
Almost everything you could possibly want to know about the "Amen" break can be found in this post on Open Culture. You've probably heard the "Amen" break hundreds of times; it's been sampled in tons of hiphop and drum & bass tracks over the last 30+ years because it is inexhaustibly, undeniably funky and can be fruitfully manipulated in many different permutations. Its origin derives from the Winstons' 1969 song "Amen, Brother," the B-side of their hit single "Color Him Father." For a music head, not knowing about the "Amen" break is like a writer not being aware of a letter of the alphabet.