Saturday, May 23, 2020

The forgotten 1980 tune that shaped the Hip-Hop sound

Billy Squier : The Big Beat

In May of 1980, a year before he'd hit paydirt with "The Stroke", Billy Squier released "The Big Beat", the first single from his debut album, The Tale of the Tape. It didn't sell much but it's one of the most sampled songs in the history of hip hop. 

Big Daddy Kane told The New York Post :

 He’s definitely someone who helped mold and shape hip-hop with his music. I would put him in the category of James Brown, the Honeydrippers and Chic. He gave the B-boys and B-girls a track to dance to, but it would only be a DJ or an MC who knows who Billy Squier is.

Among the songs sampling "The Big Beat":

Beck - "Soul Suckin' Jerk"
Jay-Z – “99 Problems”
Kanye West and Pusha T – “Looking for Trouble”
Dizzee Rascal – “Fix Up, Look Sharp”

Nas featuring – “Hip Hop is Dead”
Puff Daddy – “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down”
A Tribe Called Quest – “We Can Get Down”
Big Daddy Kane – “Put Your Weight On It,” “Get Down,” “Ain’t No Half Steppin,” “The Beef Is On” and “3 Forties and a Bottle of Moet”
Ice Cube – “Jackin’ for Beats”
Alicia Keys – “Girl on Fire”

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five – “Magic Carpet Ride”
Whistle - I Am (1992)
Run-D.M.C – “Here We Go”
Unkle – “The Knock”
UTFO – "Roxanne, Roxanne"
Red Hot Chili Peppers – "Higher Ground (X-Ecutioners Remix)"

Billy Squier in 2019

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