Riffs on Riffs

Riffs on Riffs

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Riffs on Riffs is a podcast that studies sampling in popular music. Hosts, Joe Watson and Toby Brazwell, connect the musical dots between legendary tracks and the often lesser-known songs they sampled. Hear behind-the-scenes stories of musicians and their inspiration; it’s like being in the studio while an artist creates a new song from an old riff. Uncover the way these epic songs borrow from music of the past, enriching the musical landscape for generations to come.


Now That We Found Heavy Love
Dec 4 • 35 min
Heavy D and the Boys had a smash hit in 1991 with Now That We Found Love, and Joe and Toby examine how this track interpolates the 1973 hit from the O’Jays with the same name. Join us as we follow Heavy D’s career to full-fledged entertainment mogul and…
Born to Express Yourself
Nov 20 • 37 min
Back long before Stefani Germanotta became Lady Gaga, Madonna was, well, Madonna. Joe and Toby examine how the Madonna song “Express Yourself” was inspiration — and some might argue more than that — for Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”. Both artists have made…
Regulate Your Doobie
Nov 6 • 41 min
When it comes to the music business, Warren G hit the stepbrother lottery. But that doesn’t mean he’s not a monster talent in his own right. Joe and Toby explore how Warren G used Michael McDonald’s “I Keep Forgettin” for his debut collaboration with Nate…
It’s All Over Now, Jack-Ass
Oct 23 • 42 min
What we geek out over in this episode: Van Morrison & Them, Bob Dylan vs. Keith Sweat, Them! (1954) monster movie about nuclear ants, The Band’s “Up on Cripple Creek” (1969), Bert Berns - or, the guy who wrote “Hang on Sloopy” (1964) and “Brown Eyed Girl”…
Should I Rock the Train in Vain?
Oct 9 • 41 min
Calling all rebellious spirits with green mohawks! It’s time to unite for this all-things-Clash episode of Riffs on Riffs. What we geek out over in this episode: The legendary 70’s punk-rock band The Clash and re-discovering the greatness of their music;…
Ain’t No Sunshine Last Summer
Sep 24 • 39 min
I know, I know, I know you’ll love this episode featuring Shawn Mendes “I Know What You Did Last Summer” (2015) with Camilla Cabello. What we geek out over in this episode: The life and music of Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, Bill Withers; country…
The Fall Out at Tom’s Diner
Sep 11 • 34 min
Let’s explore Fall Out Boy’s 2015 hit “Centuries” and the 1990’s indie-folk sample that influenced it’s fist-pumping pop-punk sound. What we geek out over in this episode: “Seinfeld” Theme Song, “Saved by the Bell - The College Years”, the Mother of the…
Riffs on Riffs Episode 28 Bloopers
Aug 28 • 4 min
Enjoy this “ubiquitous” compilation of outtakes featuring hosts, Joe Watson and Toby Brazwell, which occurred during the making of Episode 28 “Bring the Noise” of Riffs on Riffs.
Bring the Noise
Aug 28 • 33 min
You don’t see much genre-mashing these days (sad face) so when metal group Anthrax hooked up with hip hop pioneers, Public Enemy in 1991… history was truly made. Producing a fresh, thrashed-up take on Public Enemy’s 1988 single “Bring The Noise”, the…
Bye Bye Til I See You Again
Aug 14 • 45 min
Get into the smooth vibes of Charlie Puth singing “See You Again” (2015) and a very, very, very subtle Ray Charles sample used in this heart-melting song. What we geek out over in this episode: The legendary Ray Charles & American guitarist Lowell Fulson,…
Summertime Madness
Jul 31 • 34 min
This super hot episode takes the heat to another level with DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince and their mega hit “Summertime” (1991) with musical ties to a soul gang from the 70’s. What we geek out over in this episode: Kool & the Gang, Miles Davis,…
The Rockman and the Rocketman
Jul 17 • 39 min
This epic episode is comprised of two music icons… Boston and Elton John! Joe & Toby explore the sounds of “More Than A Feeling” and the original sample taken from Elton’s 1973 hit song. What we geek out over in this episode: Everything Elton John (a.k.a.…
Getting Igor’s Attention
Jul 3 • 34 min
Joe and Toby connect the musical dots from Tyler, the Creator’s hit track “Igor’s Theme” (2019) and trace it back to a Paris-based 70’s soul group. What we geek out over in this episode: Head West, Fleetwood Mac “Black Magic Woman” (1968) & “Oh Well”…
Donny is Too Short
Jun 19 • 41 min
Joe and Toby connect the musical dots from Too $hort’s hit track “The Ghetto” (1990) and trace it back to an unforgettable 70’s soul singer. What we geek out over in this episode: NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) Controller, Donny Hathaway & Roberta…
The Shape of My Lucid Dreams
Jun 5 • 37 min
Good night and sweet Lucid Dreams… Joe & Toby dive into a fan favorite by Juice WRLD and the 1993 sample he used to make this hit! What we geek out over in this episode: Sting’s Catalog, MC Nicknames, Sting sitting on a piano by accident during the…
Old Town Ghosts
May 22 • 38 min
A rappers plight… is country music friend or foe? Joe & Toby answer this and more in a discussion about country rapper Lil Nas X with hints of NIN. What we geek out over in this episode: Susie Stop Playin’, Trent Reznor, Iggy Pop’s Nightclubbing (1977),…
Trans-European Hot Tubs
May 8 • 37 min
Joe & Toby take you to another dimension with the futuristic sounds of an iconic German Electro-pop band. To Kraftwerk and beyond! What we geek out over in this episode: Hot Tub Time Machine (the movie), Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Forces’s Planet…
Pop Goes the Sledgehammer
Apr 24 • 37 min
Joe & Toby connect the many musical dots between the iconic hip-hop trio 3rd Bass and their biggest hit “Pop Goes The Weasel” (1991). What we geek out over in this episode: The life and music of English singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Henry…
Be Careful of Exes
Apr 10 • 36 min
Okurrr! We’ve got Carbi B and her hit single “Be Careful” and all it’s samples and interpolations ranging from Wu-Tang Clan to Barbra Streisand. What we geek out over in this episode: The Fugees epic catalog of music, Lauryn Hill flubbing at the Apollo,…
Shooting Pains
Mar 27 • 34 min
It’s the song that plays in every sporting arena ever known to man and Joe & Toby JUMP back into time to find it’s musical roots. What we geek out over in this episode: Junior Walker and The All Stars, The Cosby Show theme song, Moonglows vs. Moondog,…
Oops Upside Your Funk
Mar 13 • 37 min
Joe and Toby put the puzzle pieces of samples together for Mark Ronson’s Grammy winning hit, “Uptown Funk,” and explore its many funk-inspired beats. What we geek out over in this episode: The Gap Band Albums II, III, IV, V, VI, etc!, the incomparable…
The Way to a Little Bit of Love
Feb 27 • 34 min
Joe and Toby connect the music dots between Ariana Grande’s 2013 hit “The Way” and a fellow ballad singer from 1979. What we geek out over in this episode: The impressive power ballads of Brenda Russell, Nickelodeon’s Victorious, “What’s Up” by 4 Non…
I Know You Want a Street Player
Feb 12 • 36 min
Uno. Dos. Tres. Cuatro! Let’s connect the musical dots between Mr. Worldwide himself, Pitbull with his mega hit “I Know You Want Me” and one of America’s most prolific rock bands of all time. What we geek out over in this episode: “Street Player” by Rufus…
True Memories of Bliss
Jan 29 • 34 min
You are about to set adrift on a journey through time, where P.M. Dawn’s romantic rap ballads took hip-hop by storm and the new waves of British pop make a splash. What we geek out over in this episode: The soul music genre, saxophone solos, Bob James…
People Say You’re That Somebody
Jan 16 • 38 min
This episode recalls the remarkable life and talent of 90’s music and film sensation, Aaliyah, and the funk band that inspired one of her greatest hits. What we geek out over in this episode: New Orleans second line, Aaliyah’s hits, history of the baby…
Nothing Alone Can Stop Me
Jan 2 • 35 min
This episode will soar through the sultry vocals of pop singer Halsey and into the funky and free spirited 5th Dimension. 
What we geek out over in this episode: Power duo Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. and The 5th Dimension, “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine…
Biggie Sheets
Dec 19, 2018 • 28 min
This episode will hypnotize you with a not-so-well-known funk/soul sample from 1983 featured in Biggie’s hit track, “Big Poppa.”

 What we geek out over in this episode: Da Brat “Funkdafied” (1994), Whitney Houston “One Of Those Days” (2002), Gwen Stefani…
The Tom Tom Fantasy
Dec 5, 2018 • 30 min
Revel in the genius of Mariah Carey and the eclectic new wave sounds of a 1980’s tune that inspired Carey’s 1995 mega hit “Fantasy.” What we geek out over in this episode: Andre “Dr. Jeckyll” Harrell and Alonzo “Mr. Hyde” Brown - “The Champagne Of Rap,”…
The Hamilton Hip-Hop Mixtape
Nov 21, 2018 • 31 min
Riffs on Riffs hosts celebrate the wonders of hip-hop infused music sampling that created this miraculous thing called Hamilton. What we geek out over in this episode: East Coast hip hop group Mobb Deep, Prolific rapper Big Pun, Notorious B.I.G.,…
When Doves Pray
Nov 14, 2018 • 36 min
In this episode, Joe and Toby dive into the prolific life of Prince and how his music helped hammer a career path for a former bat boy of the Oakland A’s. What we geek out over in this episode: Purple Rain (obviously), Kim Basinger (circa Batman), Larry…
Thank You for Sittin’ In My Rhythm Nation
Nov 7, 2018 • 33 min
It’s the nation that Janet Jackson built for millions of fans across the world while interweaving a legendary funk band and a 90’s R&B diva - all in one tantalizing episode of Riffs on Riffs! What we geek out over in this episode: Bootsy Collins (again),…
Look, You Made Me Too Sexy
Oct 31, 2018 • 36 min
Let’s hop into the time machine and explore three genres across three decades of music’s iconic artists including a modern pop star, a 90’s British dance duo and a Woodstock era guitar legend. // What we geek out over in this episode: The Female Preacher,…
99 Problems and a Big Fire Ain’t One
Oct 23, 2018 • 37 min
In this episode, we’ll find out how this 80’s video legend helped eliminate some of hip hop’s biggest problems — and along the way, help Alicia Keys set the world on fire. // What we geek out over in this episode: bad music videos, Gremlins, answer songs,…
Underdog Ain’t Nuthin’ to Mess With
Oct 16, 2018 • 36 min
Grab your Pop-Tarts and a bowl of Baron Von Red Berry’s; we are going to crash Saturday morning cartoons and discover the original sounds of the genius rap group, Wu-Tang Clan. // What we geek out over in this episode: Cheerios, ASR-10 sampling keyboard,…
The Edge of Police Booty
Oct 16, 2018 • 37 min
Let’s go to the edge of an 80’s classic track with rock goddess, Stevie Nicks! We explore the origins of “Edge of Seventeen,” beginning with a legendary English rock band and ending with a diva group that made it possible for us to survive the 90’s. //…
California Woman
Oct 16, 2018 • 37 min
If it’s possible to Zapp through time and trace the iconic Tupac song, “California Love,” all the way back to one of the greatest blue-eyed soul legends of the Woodstock era… we will do it! // What we geek out over in this episode: Funk legends, Bootsy…
Season 1 Trailer
Oct 1, 2018 • 1 min
Get a little taste of what’s in store for Season 1 of Riffs of Riffs. Join musicians, Joe Watson and Toby Brazwell, as they put the spin on original and sampled tracks. From Joe Cocker to Prince, from Alicia Keys to Stevie Nicks, you’ll love discovering…