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Review: Hip-Hop Documentary 'Sample This' Drops The Needle & Finds A Fascinating Beat

  • By Christopher Schobert
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  • October 7, 2013 8:02 AM
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“Sample This” would make a hell of an article. In fact, it did. In 2006, Will Hermes told the story of the story of the oft-forgotten, oft-sampled Incredible Bongo Band in the New York Times. His article, wonderfully titled “All Rise for the National Anthem of Hip-Hop,” began like so: “This is a story about a nearly forgotten album and the birth of hip-hop music. Like many good hip-hop tales, and pop yarns in general, it involves unlikely characters rising from obscurity and is colored with creative passion, violence, drugs, thievery, paydays and paybacks.”

Exclusive: DJ Kool Herc Talks The Legendary "Apache" Break In Clip From 'Sample This'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 12, 2013 4:22 PM
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Even if you've never heard The Incredible Bongo Band's "Apache" in full, there's no doubt you've danced at some point in your life to the many songs that have lifted and sampled the percussion from the track. Ranging from Grandmaster Flash's "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel," Nas' "Made You Look," Amy Winehouse's "Apache," C+C Music Factory's "Things That Make You Go Hmmm..." and much more, the song has for decades been a resource for artists looking to add some vintage groove. But it all started with one man: DJ Kool Herc.

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