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.
The Tom Tom Fantasy
Dec 5 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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…