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Grooves & Samples #18: The Mohawks – Beat Me ‘Til I’m Blue (1968)

Pianist and composer Alan Hawkshaw is no secret among crate diggers and hip hop enthusiasts. His arrangements played a major part in the early development of hip hop and were utilized by the likes of Afrika Bambaataa, Marley Marl, Eric B., DJ Jazzy Jeff, and so many more. In particular, “The Champ” was sampled extensively and is still a massive b-boy anthem.
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Grooves & Samples #12: Eddie Kendricks – If You Let Me (1972)

One of the many reasons why we love hip hop music, is that it functions as a musical time machine. Our Grooves & Samples series is based on that: modern day hip hop tracks introduce us to old jazz, funk and soul jams, dating back to days when some of us weren’t even born. This week we highlight “If You Let Me” by soul legend Eddie Kendricks.