Hip hop is a funny old thing. I’ve listened to a ton of it, to the point where I’d like to think that I now know many of the original songs that some of the more familiar samples are pulled from. But of course, just when I think that, I come across a song that has some vocals that I’ve heard sampled/scratched for years but had no idea where they originated from. The song in question is Bumpin’ Bus Stop from Thunder & Lightning, which is on Skratch Bastid’s new mixtape The Entertainer.
Quite honestly I’d never heard of either the song, nor the group, and their elements-based name makes it fairly impossible to find any further info. But the “let me show you something, it’s the hottest thing and it’s on it’s way to the top, step up front, you dig, get down with the bus stop” vocals in the intro have been sampled plenty of times, and if you’ve heard any old school hip hop at all, chances are you’ve heard it yourself. I’m sure there are other parts of the songs that are sampled - a couple of the horn parts and one particular drum section rang a bell, but I can’t figure that out.
The vocals though, those are classic stuff. From Positive K’s Step Up Front, which Skratch Bastid blends the original into on his mix, to a couple Gang Starr classics (Step In Arena, Dwyck), on down to Craig Mack’s appropriately named Get Down, and they even appear on an early Tupac classic I Get Around. I’m sure there are more examples to be found, but that’s a pretty impressive five songs in my humble. So enjoy the songs, and thanks to Skratch Bastid and The Entertainer for solving that sample mystery for me.
MP3:: Gang Starr - Dwyck
VIDEO:: Positive K - Step Up Front
VIDEO:: Gang Starr - Step in the Arena
VIDEO:: 2Pac - I Get Around