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Friday Flips (Week 1) – Scoop DeVille Vs. David McCallum
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We here at Takin’ Mines have noticed a crazy surge lately in the reuse of classic samples, so much to the point that its motivated us to launch this new column that we’ll start posting every Friday, appropriately titled Friday Flips (don’t sue me Mr. Silverman). The concept here is to pick one new single every week that’s reused a recognizable sample and see how it holds up to other tracks that flipped the same sample.. easy right? When it’s all said and done, we’ll let you get the last word by voting on your favorite version.

 

So for our inaugural post, we’re gonna see how Scoop DeVille‘s flip of David McCallum‘s 1967 classic “The Edge” was used on the new Jim Jones’ joint “Green Light Go,” featuring Swizz Beatz, while taking a trip down memory lane to see how it was used elsewhere. The sample should be pretty obvious, even to you newbies out there, but even you proclaimed Hip-Hop historians out there may not be familiar with every ‘version.’ So start by streaming the original sample, then go down the line in chronological order of every track that flipped the sample, and go ahead and cast your vote on who flipped it best. Since the voting’s anonymous, feel free to sound off by leaving a comment.

 
 

1967: David McCallum – “The Edge”

 

 

Scottish actor/musician David McCallum will forever change the course of Hip-Hop history with the release of “The Edge,” which was released in 1967 via Capital Records through his production deal with famed music producer David Axelrod. “The Edge” will go on to be revered as his most notable release to date, and for obvious reasons, read on…

 
 

1998: Missin’ Linx (Problemz, Black Attack & Al’ Tariq) – “M.I.A.” (prod. by V.I.C.)

 

 

“The Edge” was first sampled (as far as I know) by Missin’ Linx, who were a New York City-based Hip-Hop collective, comprised of emcees Black Attack, Problemz and Al’ Tariq, on the song “M.I.A.,” which served as the A-side to their debut 12-inch. The track was produced by V.I.C., or The Mighty V.I.C. of The Groove Merchantz, which also included Godfather Don. Incidentally, both Al Tariq and V.I.C. both had their ties to The Beatnuts, where they were technically members of the crew before JuJu and Psycho Les became the groups primary representatives. Anyways, I’ve been a long time stan of V.I.C.’s production, who in my humble opinion remains as one of the most slept on producers of that era. Anyone responsible for producing “Verbal Attack” (Black Attack, feat. Problemz) is an All-star in my book. To date, this is my favorite use of “The Edge”.. sure Dre’s is more polished (see below) if you wanna make that argument, but this hits much harder, and I like how the drums play all the way through. To this day, I’ll never give up hope that when I hear “Next Episode” drop at the club, that there’s a chance it might actually be “M.I.A.” – hey, dare to dream.

 
 

1999: Tash – “Fallin’ On” (prod. by Rockwilder)

 

 

Next up is Tash‘s “Fallin’ On,” produced by Rockwilder. Rockwilder got his start in ’94 where his production was featured on Organized Konfusion’s sophomore album Stress: The Extinction Agenda, but by the time this record dropped five years later, he was a household name, producing tracks for the likes of Jay-Z (“Do It Again [Put Ya Hands Up]”) and of course Red and Meth’s “Da Rockwilder,” which is probably one of the most successful tracks in Hip-Hop history to gain mass appeal by both the underground and mainstream audiences. I’m not mad at this version at all.. it’s not nearly as hard as V.I.C.’s rendition, and getting sandwiched (pause) between “M.I.A.” and “The Next Episode,” chronologically speaking, it never really ‘fell on.’

 
 

2000: Dr. Dre (feat. Snoop Dogg, Kurupt & Nate Dogg) – “The Next Episode”
 

 

July 3, 2000.. Dr. Dre drops the third and final single off his sophomore album 2001. Featuring Snoop Dogg, Kurupt and the late Nate Dogg, this single went four times plat between ’01 and ’02, and is the first most downloaded song by Dr. Dre on iTunes. This by far is the most well know use of this sample to date. By the time this song came out, I highly doubt that Dre found the sample independent of its previous use.. however, I’m more curious to know whether it was “M.I.A.” or “Fallin’ On” that motivated the good doctor to use it for his own re-creation. My guess would the latter due to the west coast affiliation/proximity of both Dre and Tash, but who knows.

 
 

2001: Masta Ace – “No Regrets” (prod. by Domingo)

 

 

Like most notable samples that end up getting flipped time and time again, producers will push the envelope by either chopping a recognizable part in such a way that’s never been used before, or find another part of the composition to use all together (ie; Bob James “Nautilus”). The latter is the case for how “The Edge” was flipped on Masta Ace‘s “No Regrets,” which is featured on the Juice Crew member’s fourth studio album, Disposable Arts. Produced by Domingo, whose crafted beats for pretty much every rapper alive at one time or another (Wikipedia), the NY veteran beatsmith laced up an entirely different loop which starts at around the 0:28 marker of “The Edge.” The only common denominator with the end result is that it’s technically borrowed from the same record as used previously, although sonically, they sound nothing alike. Either way, it’s a dope track, and the overall moody flute loop serves as the perfect backdrop for Ace to get nostalgic.

 
 

2006: Bronze Nazareth – “Good Morning (A Nice Hell)” (prod. by Bronze Nazareth)
 

 

“The Edge” resurfaced in ’06, where Wu-Tang affiliate emcee/producer Bronze Nazareth used the sample on “Good Morning (A Nice Hell),” off his debut album The Great Migration (Babygrande Records). Although the track is introduced using the familiar part of the sample, it’s essentially the same melancholy loop that’s used on “No Regrets” that Nazareth uses to express his nice hell.

 
 

2006: Kevin Federline – “America’s Most Hated” (prod. by J.R. Rotem)
 

 

I never thought I’d be writing about a Kevin Federline record, but stranger things have happened. Besides, the record at hand, “America’s Most Hated,” is produced by J.R. Rotem, who I’ve always considered to be a mix of Scott Storch and Dr. Dre. I admire J.R.’s versatility as a producer, as he can bring both his own compositions to the table (he’s a seasoned pianist), but also create these epic cinematic renditions of previously used samples that bring a completely new energy. Contrary to the Bronze Nazareth’s use of “The Edge,” J.R. uses the more anthemic part of the sample for the verses, and the more somber loop for the hook. I’m not mad at this beat.. the artist is another story, smh.

 
 

2013: Jim Jones (feat. Swizz Beatz) – “Green Light Go” (prod. by Scoop DeVille)

 

 

So as we come to the exciting denouement of our first week of Friday Flips, we finally arrive at Scoop Deville‘s use of “The Edge.” Now I’ll have to admit, when I first heard the sample drop, I was already shaking my head.. which is a typical reaction I’ll make involuntarily when hearing such a widely used and recognized sample come out of retirement. Once the beat dropped, it was a different story. Scoop did exactly what he needed to do, which was to flip “The Edge” in such a way that’s never been done before. Scoop basically caught this wave on the most triumphant horn stab and just chopped it up and looped to create this infectious club anthem. For good measure, add some Jim Jones verses and insert Swizz Beatz on the hook, and this get’s the green light.

 
 

Well that concludes our debut episode of Friday Flips.. let us know which producer flipped it the best by entering your anonymous vote on the polling widget below. For anyone looking to get their rap nerdery on.., comments, paragraphs, short essays, etc. are welcomed.

 

So… which producer flipped it best?

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Comments: (2)
2 Replies to "Friday Flips (Week 1) – Scoop DeVille Vs. David McCallum"
Domingo says:
February 8, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Working on the Masta Ace album “Disposable Arts” was a great experience.

TheBlizzard says:
February 8, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Amazing idea for a new column. I will definitely come back to peep this shite. I love the Missin Linx version but I think Dre won this round

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