Melvin Bliss’ 1973 classic “Synthetic Substitution” could easily be one the most sampled songs of all time. The funky Bernard Purdie drum break heard throughout the song has been sampled over 94 times and has helped to create a ton of hip-hop and R&B classics that we still listen to today. It was originally featured as the B-side to a 45 and has been used by De La Soul, Public Enemy, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Ghostface Killah, Ultramagnetic MCs and a host of others. Damn near everyone has flipped this intro breakbeat! After a while, you even started to hear artists sampling the samples!
Most recently, r&b singer Amerie sampled “Synthetic Substitution” for her song “Why R U?” from the 2009 album, In Love And War. It sounds most like Ultramagnetic MCs track “Ego Trippin” to me. However, one must not forget that it was a Melvin Bliss record that provided both samples and essentially started it all. Take a listen to all three tracks to catch the similarities.
Melvin Bliss “Synthetic Substitution”
Ultramagnetic MCs “Ego Trippin”
Amerie “Why R U?”
You can read a list of songs that have sampled “Synthetic Substitution”, from The Breaks
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