Saturday July 11, 2020

[Snoop Dogg courtesy Wikimedia Commons]"Who Sampled It Better?" #10 - Leon Haywood's "I Want'a Do Something Freaky to You"

As written by Steve 'Flash' Juon, and voted on by THE PEOPLE who read!

"One, two, three and to the fo'." If you hear Leon Haywood's "I Want'a Do Something Freaky to You" there's a very good chance these words immediately pop into your head. There's no denying the late funk/soul/R&B artist (who passed away just last year on April 5th) unknowingly lent his hand to one of the biggest crossover hits of a young Snoop Doggy Dogg's career. Even though "Deep Cover" from the soundtrack of the same name made Snoop recognizable to hardcore hip-hop fans, it was the mellow strains of Haywood as sampled by Dr. Dre on his hip-hop classic "The Chronic" that took Calvin Broadus to a whole new level.

Now it may seem like I'm conceding that "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang" will win this week's poll, and indeed I wouldn't be surprised if that were the case, but this wouldn't be "Who Sampled It Better?" if we didn't at least TRY to make a case for artists other than Dr. Dre and Snoop. Even though they had a huge hit with Haywood's funky song, they were far from the only artists to have sampled that track. One can argue after listening to the four selections below that it's possible they might NOT be the ones to have used Haywood's song the best. Listen to each one for a little bit and then place your vote via the Twitter poll at the bottom, and we'll have the results for you next week!

1.) Twista - "Mobster's Anthem"

2.) Redman - "Rockafella"

3.) Masta Ace Inc. - "The I.N.C. Ride"

4.) Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg - "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang"

Now that you've heard the contenders, place your vote for "Who Sampled It Better!"

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