I called this one last week, but when I stumbled upon Monk Higgins while doing last week’s OSM, I was surprised I’d never heard of a dude with a name that awesome who has been sampled as much as Monk has. Chuck in the fact that Monk’s most sampled track (One Man Band) was on an album called Dance to the Disco Sax(!), it became a done deal that Monk-sampling songs were going to be featured in this week’s OSM.
Now I don’t have the time or knowledge of Monk’s career to do any kind of exhaustive bio in this here post, but I did include a link to his Wiki page above, so that’s something! But who are we kidding, you’re here for the songs anyway, so I doubt you’re going to complain - about either lack of Monk content or the quality of the songs, as some Golden Age greats tapped Monk for the sample-age.
As I mentioned, One Man Band is Monk’s most sampled work, and so I chose a couple from it: a BDK song I’ve always loved and had no idea where the beat came from until now, Get Busy, and Coolio’s I Remember, mainly because it’s funny to post a Coolio song, but I always enjoyed this J-Ro featuring jam back in the day. We’ve also got a couple more for you: the classic That’s When Ya Lost from Souls of Mischief’s debut, which samples Feeling You Feeling Me from 1972′s Heavyweight, and Gang Starr’s Code of the Streets from the awesome Hard To Earn, which samples Monk’s Little Green Apples.
So there you go, some Monk Higgins for your Monday! Enjoy.
MP3:: Coolio - I Remember
VIDEO:: Coolio - I Remember
VIDEO:: Souls of Mischief - That’s When Ya Lost
VIDEO:: Gang Starr - Code Of The Streets