Syl Johnson's "Different Strokes," as heard through hip-hop
Fri Nov 13 2009
Tonight, Chicago soul man Syl Johnson plays Music Hall of Williamsburg as part of Numero's Eccentric Soul Revue. A proper revue show torn from the old world, the concert also features the Notations, Renaldo Domino and the lost New York MC Missy Dee, all backed by JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound. One of the songs Johnson promises to sing is "Different Strokes," his 1967 hit that has been sampled by innumerable hip-hop artists. Here is Johnson's original recording; after the jump are clips of what the song birthed.
Wu-Tang Clan's "Shame on a Nigga"
Public Enemy's "Fight the Power"
Boogie Down Productions' "Criminal Minded"
N.W.A's "Real Niggaz Don't Die"
2Pac's "Peep Game"