Samples: Turtles/D-Nice

Many eons ago – OK, like a year-and-a-half ago – I started what I wanted to turn into a regular feature, posting a hip-hop song with its original sample source. Well, for whatever reason, I lost steam, maybe because the boys at Palms Out Sounds have done a great job with the same idea.

But I recently got to thinking about 1960s band the Turtles for a couple reasons: 1. Because I’m cataloging my 45 collection (it’s taking forever, pretty much) and three Turtles records are in there; 2. This kid. (Come on, everybody, “I like tuuuh-tles”.)

Turtles, the band, are responsible for the track that is the main hook in one of my all-time favorite hip-hop joints: D-Nice’s Call Me D-Nice. The original track is Buzzsaw, a fuzzed-out organ orgy that sounds like it moves slooooowly underwater after you hear the way D-Nice kicked up the tempo.

It’s hard to top D-Nice’s combination of that sped-up organ and the rumbling bass line underneath. “Takin’ out you suckas and you don’t know how I did it.”


9 thoughts on “Samples: Turtles/D-Nice”

  1. Very cool. The Turtles are underrated/underrecognized, both for sugary fun and as a sampling source.

    And, Fun Fact: the album this is from is an album on which each track was a parody of another ’60s pop band.

  2. Turtle Wax! Boogie Down!

    “I’m the TR 808. . .but the girls call me Derek”

    one of my all time favorite joints as well. I’ve always assumed Derek cleared the Buzz Saw sample w/ the Turtles, whose unfortunate and misguided lawsuit against De La (“Transmitting Live From Mars”), along w/ Gilbert O’Sullivans suit against the mighty Biz Markie, changed the rules of the game, unfortunately.

    great post

    p.s. did you get a chance to meet Rick Rubin?

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