Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Groove o' the day: The Bomb Squad — Night of the Living Baseheads

There was a period in time when hip hop really rocked. This is the groove from Night Of The Living Baseheads, from Public Enemy's album It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back. I've credited the production team The Bomb Squad for the drum groove, which is a composite a programmed part and at least one sample. There were trade-offs to make human-playable beat; there are some additional unaccented notes on the snare drum, which you might be able to pick out and play, if you switch to a straight 8th note rhythm on the hihat.  

This fill occurs several times throughout the song— the programmed hihat part isn't normally playable, so you can figure out something that will work based on what you're doing with the main groove:

The song— play it loud:

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