This laidback sound that reflected the cool, sunny image of California can be found in the Leon Haywood track sampled on the classic “Nuthin But a G Thang”. Influenced by the groove and the tone of P-Funk music, lots of rappers dug into the discography of George Clinton and his 2 groups Parliament & Funkadelic, with 3 tracks included in the selection. The synthesizer/heavy bass mix was already used by DJ Quik and Eazy E’s protégés, Above The Law, sampling funk groups such as Brass Construction, One Way, the Bar-kays or Fatback. While LBC Crew, signed and produced by Snoop Dogg, claimed the killer track “heartbreaker” from the electronic funk group Zapp, Ice Cube took the the beat and the funky guitar of leader Roger Troutman on “how to survive in South Central” contrasting a more melodic sound with a sample from Gap Band. Impossible not to mention the Ohio Players with their track “Funky worm” which is the basis of any respectable Wast Coast anthem. Finally the symbolic and versatile 2pac, who rapped on tracks having sampled tunes as varied as a spatial jazz-funk from Quincy Jones, or an 80s classic funk from Kleer on the “California love” remix. Enjoy!
(added: 2016-08-05 14:33:00 )