Numero Group: By The Numbers


“Different Strokes” used by Different Folks
April 27, 2010, 1:19 pm
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Over all, putting together this Syl Johnson box set has been an extremely rewarding experience. That is, until I listened to the full version of Kid Rock’s “Cowboy” today just to hear Syl’s grunt. Tough listening, even with a Gary Coleman cameo.

One of the many appendices in the back of the book is an index of all the known (to us) samples from Syl’s work covered in the box set. Using Freddy Fresh’s RE:Sampling Dictionary and the great Who Sampled website, we managed to cull this list together:

Sampling “Different Strokes”

2Pac “Nuthin’ But Love”
Beastie Boys “Desperado”
Boogie Down Productions “Criminal Minded”
Boss “Recipe of A Hoe”
Brand Nubian “Try To Do Me”
Brothers “You Can’t Win”
Compton’s Most Wanted ” Give It Up”
De La Soul “The Magic Number”
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien “What Is A Booty”
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince “Who Stole The D.J.”
D.O.C. “Beautiful But Deadly”
Double D & Steinski “Jazz”
Dr. Octagon “Bear Witness (Extended Mix)”
EPMD “It’s My Thing”
Eric B & Rakim “I Know You Got Soul”
Family Stand “Ghetto Heaven”
Fear Of A Black Hat “Fuck the Security Guard”
Freestylers “Here We Go”
Fresh Gordon “Feelin’ James”
Ice Cube “Robbin’ Hood (Cause It Ain’t All Good)”
Jackson, Michael “Blood On the Dancefloor”
Jackson, Michael featuring Shaquile O’Neal “2 Bad”
Jagged Edge “Put A Little Umph In It”
King Tee “At Your Own Risk”
Kid Rock “Cowboy”
Known Rulers “Super Dope Remix #2 (Kick The Ball)”
Kool G Rap “F U Man”
Kool G Rap “Talk Like Sex”
Kwame “Ownlee Eue”
Louise “Beautiful Inside”
Mr. X & Mr. Z “Respect”
N.W.A. “Real Niggaz Don’t Die”
Pizzacato 5 “Happy Sad”
Poison Clan “Jeri Curl”
Public Enemy “Fear of A Black Planet”
Public Enemy “Fight The Power”
Public Enemy “Pollywanacracka”
Rappers On A Mission “S.O.L.O.”
Rodney O & Joe Cooley “Wake Up New York”
Scarface “Mr. Scarface”
Style “The Assassinator”
TLC “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg”
West Coast Rap All Stars “We’re All In the Same Gang”
Whodini “Funky Beat”
Wu-Tang Clan “Shame On A Nigga”
Yomo & Maulkie “Mocking Bird”
Young Black Teenagers “Sweatin’ Me”
Zhigge “Toss It Up”

Sampling “Is It Because I’m Black”

Cassidy “The Message”
Cypress Hill “Interlude”
Styles P “Cause I’m Black”
Wu-Tang Clan “Hollow Bones”

Sampling “Concrete Reservation”

RJD2 “Two More Dead”

If you can fill in any others, let us know in the comments section.


3 Comments so far
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Syl mentions being sampled by L’il Flip on “Money in My Pocket” on the Park West disc. No idea what song and what sample, but I’m sure Syl can readily supply that information.

Comment by Jon Land

J Dilla sampled it on the fan club 45 that came with either “The Shining” or “Donuts” – white vinyl, no label.

Comment by Josh Powers

Sampled ‘Different Strokes’
FY G.A.N.G. – Funky Costa

Sampled ‘Is It Because I’m Black’
Amp Dog Knight’s – I’m Doing Fine
Bloodfire – Black
Deep Sensation- Somehow, Somewhere (There’s A Soul Heaven)

Covered ‘Is It Because I’m Black”
Lloyd Williams
Delroy Wilson
Ken Boothe
Senior Soul
Everton Blender
Larry Marshall
Sly & Robbie with Yami Bolo
The Messengers
Larry ‘T-Bird’ Gordon & Soul Blenders
Oscar Tony Jr.
Lucky Peterson
RAMICCIA
Syleena Johnson

Comment by Double K




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