Sampling 101: BT Express – Everything Good to You (Ain’t Always Good for You)

Who Sampled It Best?

Sampling 101: BT Express – Everything Good to You (Ain’t Always Good for You)

BT Express was a disco/funk band that had a string of hits in the 70’s.  Live instruments and some smooth jazz sessions were their specialty.   Vocalist Barbara Wood lent her beautiful vocals on the funky ‘Everything Good To You Aint Always Good For You” in 1974.    Hip hop would soon take notice of this funky treat and began sampling with varying results. Let’s check a couple of them out.

“Everything Good to You Ain’t Always Good for You”

Who Sampled It Best? 

1. EPMD – Get the Bozack

EPMD followed up their debut with some Unfinished Business in 1989.  This is one of the earliest tapes that I constantly played over and over and over.   The album is in my personal top 20 and the brothers actually showed a bit more range on this project.  Drunk driving, safe sex and their early struggles were touched on.  There were still plenty of cuts that were dedicated to their favorite pastime; bragging and dealing with sucker ass mc’s.  Parrish was the more serious one while Erick brought the comedy, which is evident on one of my favorite tracks, “Get The Bozack”:  an entire joint dedicated to cats that think they’re better than EPMD.  I had never heard the beat before, but the rugged bassline along with the random opera voice that followed was straight hypnotic.

“Get the Bozack”

2. DMX – Get At Me Dog

1998 showcased a plethora of new MC’s, but my favorite group of all time was still EMPD.  I already had Unfinished Business on rotation for almost a decade at this point.  So when I first heard DMX’s first single, I was determined to hate it.  All I could think about was how producer Dame Grease jacked one of my favorite beats.  That didn’t last long at all.  “Get At Me Dog” was released and the Dark Man instantly had hip hop in his personal camel clutch.  He was able to take his growling flow and put together something grimy the planet was feening.  I mean he actually barked on the hook.  He rhymed with as much passion as Clubber Lang doing pull ups:

I have niggaz fallin like white bitches in a scary movie
AHHHHH! You know I don’t know how to act
Get too close to niggaz, it’s like: ‘Protected by Viper, stand back!’
What’s this?! I thought you niggaz was killers, demented
Fuck y’all want me to do with this coward? Finish him, let’s end it!

 If that doesn’t move you, the video shot at The Tunnel in its heyday will have you jumping off the turnbuckles and bringing out steel chairs for the rowdy audience.

“Get At Me Dog”

Sampling 101: BT Express – Everything Good to You (Ain’t Always Good for You)

Both of these are major and have found permanent homes on my playlist.  The sheer energy of “Get at Me Dog” is the clear winner here.  Grease’s interpolation was straight sinister.  The vocal riff was turned down and the bass bottom was turned up and hit you in the chest.

Now there are plenty others over the past couple decades that have sampled BT Express.

Bad Boy’s pretty boy, Ma$e rhymed over this sample on his debut Harlem WorldBad Azz had a slowed down version that oozed funkiness.  A few other peeps used this familiar backdrop for their music.  But me answer this, whether your choice is above or not…Who Sampled It Best?

Who Sampled It Best? is a weekly column that delves into the background of sampling and Hip-Hop culture by taking a deeper look at it’s roots.

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