Friday, August 6, 2010

Mountain's "Long Red" sampled

In 1972, rock band Mountain released a live album that opened with drummer Corky Laing dropping the beat to "Long Red" and frontman Leslie West goading the crowd: "Are you out there? Louder! Well, clap your hands to what he's doin'. On tempo, Jack! Yeah!"

The constituent pieces of those 22 seconds have gone on to be sampled in at least 50 hip-hop tracks in the time since, some of which are undeniable classics. (An impressive but surely not exhaustive list is available on the incredible site WhoSampled.) Here are some of the highlights:

Eric B & Rakim - Eric B. Is President
Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf - A Day in Your Life
Nas - It Ain't Hard to Tell (produced by Large Professor)
Jay-Z - 99 Problems
J Dilla - Stepson of the Clapper
The Game feat. Kanye West - Wouldn't Get Far (produced by Kanye West)

Note: All files have been removed due to a DMCA takedown notice. Check out the link to WhoSampled for some demonstrations!

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