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Editorial: Who Sampled It Better? #5 - The Results
Posted by Steve Juon at Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 at 12:00AM :: Email this article :: Print this article

[DJ Premier courtesy Wikimedia]Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon: It's time for the results of round five! Following the latest edition of WSIB I chose two new breaks for the battles and for the first bracket two classic rap songs battled for top dog status in best use of James Brown. For the second battle the sample was admittedly more obscure but I wanted to show some love to @GheeMoney for the suggestion, and like all editions of #WSIB reader feedback and tips are encouraged to create the brackets and match-ups that YOU want to see!

In hindsight I will admit that neither of these duels lit the world on fire, which is slightly more surprising to me in the case of James Brown than in the other battle, which pitted two indie acts head to head who may have been the only two EVER to loop Afroditi Manou & Giannis Fertis. What can I say to the heads other than "you win some, you lose some" and in this case like the great Lauryn Hill once rapped "You might win some but you just lost one." I'll go back to the drawing board and try to come up with more exciting battles next time, but once again respect due to @GheeMoney because his indie rap battle did just as well as my mainstream one -- neither one was big. Let's get to those results, and the first one is a resounding 100% slam dunk. Finesse gets no love and I just don't understand it.

* Das EFX vs. Lord Finesse: James Brown's "Blind Man Can See It"

WINNER! Das EFX's "They Want EFX"

And here's our reader request battle, which had at least one dissenting vote, but still wound up with an overwhelming 75% majority going in favor of the winner.

* Jedi Mind Tricks vs. Westside Gunn & Conway: Afroditi Manou & Giannis Fertis' "San Me Koitas"

WINNER! Westside Gunn & Conway's "Dinner Plate"

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