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 w… read more

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The Fall Out at Tom’s Diner

September 11th, 2019


You can’t mistake the pipe’s on lead vocalist Patrick Stump, or their head banging, club jamming hits, their two #1 albums (among seven studio …

Riffs on Riffs Episode 28 Bloopers

August 28th, 2019


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

August 28th, 2019


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 …

Bye Bye Til I See You Again

August 14th, 2019


From YouTube star to Billboard chart topper, Charlie Puth, the 27-year-old songbird from New Jersey shows no signs of stopping... And thanks to his …

Summertime Madness

July 31st, 2019


In West Philadelphia, born and raised, is where DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince met each other at a house party and the rest was history. The American hip hop duo went from local gigs to super-stardom landing …

The Rockman and the Rocketman

July 17th, 2019


There’s not much room for mediocre in this episode as Joe & Toby explore two epic music icons in this episode of Riffs on Riffs. One, the 1970’s …

Getting Igor’s Attention

July 3rd, 2019


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. 

Donny is Too Short

June 19th, 2019


If you can look past his lyrics, you’ll find one of the most decorated artists in his genre when it comes to platinum and gold plaques. It’s Los …

The Shape of My Lucid Dreams

June 5th, 2019


In yet another genre-twisting episode of Riffs on Riffs, we’ll connect the musical dots between breakout Chicago rapper, Juice WRLD, and the 1993 Sting sample that was used for his #2 Billboard hit, Lucid Dreams. A …

Old Town Ghosts

May 22nd, 2019



In this episode of Riffs on Riffs, Joe & Toby discuss the rise of a Hip-Hop Cowboy, Lil Nas X, the 20-year-old rapper and internet savant …

Trans-European Hot Tubs

May 8th, 2019


Dubbed "The Beatles of electronic dance music" by The New York Times in 1997, Dusseldorf-based band Kraftwerk pioneered the genre, and some see them as the grandfathers of techno… and they did it without computers! From …

Pop Goes the Sledgehammer

April 24th, 2019


In this episode of Riffs on Riffs, Joe & Toby dive into one of the biggest hits, “Pop Goes The Weasel” (1991), from Brooklyn-based hip-hop trio 3rd Bass. Considered to be a ground-breaking group of the time in the …

Be Careful of Exes

April 10th, 2019


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


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


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


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


“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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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