Sampling 101: King T vs K-Solo


Who Sampled It Best?

Sampling 101: King T vs K-Solo

Grover Washington Jr “Knucklehead”

grover-washington-jr-knucklehead-feels-so-good-back-in-the-day-buffetGrover Washington Jr’sKnucklehead” off his 1975 Feels So Good album has all the ingredients for this funk infused jazz song to be a complete meal. His insanely smooth saxophone riffs, piano solos, insane percussion, majestic violins and that funky ass bassline are nothing short than amazing. You can almost see a pimp driving in his caddy circa 1975 to collect his bread with this playing on his 8 track. That pimp aint the only one to appreciate this masterpiece. Hip hop started to take notice of this tune and began sampling this with varying results. Lets check some of them out.


King Tee “Played Like A Piano”

king-tee West Coast legend King Tee dropped his sophomore album, At Your Own Risk in 1990.  The album had a plethora of heat, but nothing was more deadly than the album’s final track, “Played Like A Piano.”  King Tee starts off and does what he does. Then Ice Cube comes through with venom while showing renewed vigor since he just left Ruthless Records. Who can forget when he rhymed:

And watch that eye get swollen
Cuz I’m playin’ punk niggas like Beethoven

Breeze from LA Posse then followed and showcased his verbal gymnastics while the King got the final verse.  This song even found itself on the popular “West Coast Classics” radio station on the mighty Grand Theft Auto 5.  Props to whoever made that decision.

King Tee – Played Like a Piano ft Ice Cube & Breeze

K-Solo “Fugitive”

soloK-Solo wasted no time telling us his story.  One of his first singles off the 1990 debut, Tell The World My Name was “Fugitive”.  Solo told the story of the circumstances of his bid that lasted a little over a year.    This Erick Sermon production also sampled “Knucklehead”.  The decision to speed things up a bit was the perfect backdrop to K Solo to navigate us through his story.

K-Solo – Fugitive (1990)

Who Sampled It Best?

–>> King Tee

As awesome as “Fugitive” is, the King Tee production is just superior.  The music kept the same vibe as the original, a slow funky ride and even incorporated that banging piano solo.  Now there are plenty others including Mia X and Brand Nubian who used this beat as well: But me answer this, whether your choice is above or not…

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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Sampling 101: King T vs K-Solo

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