Skull Raps

May 22, 2009

Even though “It’s A New Day” by Skull Snaps is regarded within the rap community as one of the most influential break records ever, I thought I’d spend a little time digging into its overall impact on hip-hop.  Obviously, the genre’s best were all over this record when it was re-discovered in the late 80’s by Dooley-O…But once hip-hop got their hands on “It’s A New Day,” the flood gates opened.

Let’s take a deeper look..

Before we get into this, I think a little backgrounder is appropriate.  Skull Snaps was released back in 1973 on GSF, and was initially slept on by the general public for the most part.  While some funk enthusiasts in the UK caught on early, the LP didn’t get much shine until nearly twenty years later.  Here’s the infamous break as mentioned before:

Skull Snaps: “It’s a New Day”

Pretty nice, right?  Apparently, the above drums were introduced into hip-hop through golden era producer Dooley-O, who was working on his cousin Stezo’s  album around the same time.  Originally, Dooley had kept the sample for himself, but once Stezo’s label heard about this discovery, they pulled a fast one on Dooley.  Long story short, Stezo’s “It’s My Turn” was the first of the genre to utilize “It’s A New Day” in the production…It wasn’t until the early 2000’s that Dooley-O officially released his initial recording “Watch My Moves,” which was previously shelved due to all the label and family shenanigans:

Stezo: “It’s My Turn” (1989)

Dooley-O: “Watch My Moves” (1990)

While finding a copy of this LP was near impossible during rap’s golden era, the ones who did find it made quick use of the infamous break.  Here’s a collage of all tracks using the aforementioned sample (in alphabetical order):

Alkaholiks: “Bullshit” (1993)

Camp Lo: “Cooley High” (1995)

Common Sense: “Blows To The Temple” (1992)

Craz: “It’s On” (1994)

Da King & I: “Crack Da Weasel” (1993)

Das EFX: “Mic Checka” (1992)

Da Nabahood Threat: “Coming From Da Dirt” (1994)

Diamond D: “Sally Got A One Track Mind” (1992)

DJ 20/20 Mysterme: “Unsolved Mysterme” (1992)

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince: “Twinkle Twinkle” (1994)

Dred Scott: “The Story” (1993)

Eric B. & Rakim: “Step Back” (1992)

Figure Uv Speech: “Ready to Wreck” (1993)

Gang Starr: “Take It Personal” (1992)

Gravediggaz: “Mommy, What’s A Gravedigga?” (1994)

Guru: “Choice of Weapons” (1995)

Hieroglyphics: “All Things” (1998)

Hoodratz: Ms. Crabtree (1993)

Ice T: “That’s How I’m Livin” (1993)

Illegal: “Lights, Camera, Action” (1993)

Ill Biskits: “Beyond Understanding” (1994)

INI: “Keep On” (1995)

Kam: “Peace Treaty” (1992)

K-Solo: “Letterman (Pete Rock Remix)” (1995)

Lord of the Underground: “Funky Child” (1992)

Lord of the Underground: “Keepers of the Funk” (1994)

Mad Kap: “Da Whole Kit and Kaboodle” (1993)

Mad Kap: “Irrelevent” (1993)

MF Doom: “Who You Think I Am?” (1999)

Mr. Lif: “New Man Theme” (2002)

Nubian Crackers: “Do You Want To Hear It?” (1993)

ODB: “Hippa to the Hoppa” (1995)

Onyx: “Throw Ya Gunz” (1993)

Organized Konfusion: “Who Stole My Last Piece of Chicken?” (1991)

Original Flavor: “Keep On Searching” (1993)

Pace Won & Mr. Green: “Hip-Hop” (2008)

Pete Rock (feat. Styles P & Sheek Louch): “914” (2008)

Pharcyde: “Passin Me By” (1992)

Ruff Draf: “Rounda” (1994)

Saafir: “Grab The Train” (1994)

Shadz of Lingo: “Ill and Get Clowned” (1994)

Showbiz & A.G.: “Silence of the Lambs” (1992)

Soul Survivors: “We Rock the Mic” (2000)

Tim Dog: “I’ll Wax Anybody” (1991)

Trife: “Guaranteed Rec” (1995)

Ultramagnetic MC’s: “Two Brothers With Checks” (1993)

Wascals: “Hard Rhymes” (1993)

Yaggfu Front: “My dick Is So Large” (1994)

Yaggfu Front: “Slappin Suckas Silly (Diamond D Remix)” (1995)

Is that influence enough for you?  If I missed any, feel free to comment below.  I’m going to go ice my hand in the meantime…


One Response to “Skull Raps”

  1. drake said

    damn man this is a crazy ass post, i downloaded a lot of these songs though, hotness…

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