Who Did it Best? The “Funky Worm” Sample

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By Khal, Jon & Con

In our first edition of this series, we dissected multiple takes on Lee Morgan’s “Shady Blues,” which ended up mostly amounting to various MCs rapping over the same instrumental. In this latest edition, we take a look at “Funky Worm” by the Ohio Players, one of the foundational sample sources of West Coast hip-hop, typifying the G-Funk sound popularized in the early ’90s, heavy on synths and a slower, funkier bop.

Inspired by the “Funky Worm’s” recent use on Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city, we dive down the wormhole and see how some other artists have tackled the the legendary, often-used sample (over 50 times, according to the-breaks.com, not including Kendrick’s recent addition and countless other unlisted renditions).

And we’ve doubled down, with 14 different songs using the same track in vastly different ways. Who did it best?

Hit “next” or click the pictures to read on…


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