Riffs on Riffs

19 EpisodesProduced by Evergreen Podcasts

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 w… read more

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Be Careful of Exes

April 10th, 2019

36:03

She’s hip-hop’s current “it girl,” plastered all over our televisions, can be heard in most of the current music on the Billboard Hot 100, has …

Shooting Pains

March 27th, 2019

34:18

Every sporting event and arena in America has House of Pain to thank for its lasting contribution to hip-hop history with their 1992 crowd pleasing hit, “Jump Around.” Even movies like Mrs. Doubtfire to Black Hawk Down

Oops Upside Your Funk

March 13th, 2019

37:13

Superstar DJ and British record producer Mark Ronson has earned both praise and popular success for his throwback, funk-influenced work with a range …

The Way to a Little Bit of Love

February 27th, 2019

34:01

She is one of the industry’s leading princess’ of pop with a trail of hits, world tour and a Grammy to prove it. In this episode Joe and Toby explore the music of pop sensation, Ariana Grande. Alongside her widely …

I Know You Want a Street Player

February 13th, 2019

36:09

“Failure is the mother of all success,” quotes multi-platinum recording artist and rapper, Armando “Pitbull” Perez. As someone who went from Miami …

True Memories of Bliss

January 30th, 2019

34:30

 

In this episode, Joe and Toby explore the groundbreaking 1988 hip-hop duo P.M. Dawn and their De La Soul-esque ‘romantic hip-hop’ infused catalog …

People Say You’re That Somebody

January 16th, 2019

38:21

Before her death at the young age of 22, Aaliyah had released three certified platinum albums, starred in two major film roles, launched the …

Nothing Alone Can Stop Me

January 2nd, 2019

35:02

From couch-surfer dropping EP’s on Soundcloud to one of the hottest pop acts in the world, Halsey summits Spotify with ease, leaving behind her troubled past for a promising (and chart topping) future. Joe and Toby dive …

Biggie Sheets

December 19th, 2018

28:41

In this episode, Joe and Toby explore some of the most iconic hip hop tracks of the 1990’s including, one of the greats, “Big Poppa” by The Notorious B.I.G. Unbeknownst to most of the world, this grammy nominated hit …

The Tom Tom Fantasy

December 5th, 2018

30:04

Mariah Carey’s career - just shy of the 30-year mark - is a formidable force and one that still caps the Billboard charts. The recent release (Dec. 1) of her 15th studio album, Caution, acquired her eighth No. 1 on …

The Hamilton Hip-Hop Mixtape

November 21st, 2018

31:27

Hamilton, the theatrical powerhouse and a fixture of contemporary American culture, is the spotlight of Riffs on Riffs episode eight. This collision …

When Doves Pray

November 14th, 2018

36:38

It takes a village to raise rap’s first-ever Diamond-seller. To help send his breakout album over the platinum hurdle, hip-hop artist MC Hammer …

Thank You for Sittin’ In My Rhythm Nation

November 7th, 2018

33:48

In the midst of breaking out from behind her family’s shadow and deeply wanting to communicate something meaningful in the face of great pressure to …

Look, You Made Me Too Sexy

October 31st, 2018

36:36

Whether you love this song or hate it, it’s impossible not to sing along to the catchy Taylor Swift chorus, “Look What You Made Me Do.” And the reason for this is pretty clear... From the moment she exclaims “ooh!” and …

99 Problems and a Big Fire Ain’t One

October 24th, 2018

37:14

The Black Album came out on a Friday - three weeks early due to a leak. It was a bittersweet moment for Jay-Z fans across the world seeing as though it was advertised as his final album before retiring. No need for …

Underdog Ain’t Nuthin’ to Mess With

October 16th, 2018

36:09

Wu-Tang Clan, a group of nine supremely talented and stylistically diverse rappers – Ghostface Killah, GZA, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, Method Man, Raekwon, RZA, U-God and the now-deceased Ol' Dirty Bastard – changed …

The Edge of Police Booty

October 16th, 2018

37:47

Stevie Nicks – the woman who has dominated the music scene for almost four decades as the front woman of Fleetwood Mac and chart-topping solo artist …

California Woman

October 16th, 2018

37:48

It’s that head bobbin’ beat we all jammed out to in the summer of ‘96 as Tupac Shakur went straight from a jail cell to the top of the charts. Joe and Toby unpack the intro riff to Tupac’s “California Love” and retrace …

Season 1 Trailer

October 1st, 2018

1:59

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 …

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