Deconstructing a classic: Shook Ones part II

Science dropped by Martini & Jopparelli. Mar-31-2008

Shook Ones vinyl

Is there anyone out there who doesn’t like this song? I don’t think so.
Playing Shook Ones Pt II is like playing ‘Sirius’ by the Alan Parsons Project before a Bulls game in the 90′s: crowd goes wild.
From the first time I heard that tune, around 1995, I immediately wondered where Havoc took the samples he used.
And not much time is passed since I got the final answer.
Every good black music listener should easily recognize the “Dirty Feet” drums break, by legendary Daly Wilson Big Band.
A little harder (those were the 90′s, no DSL and no hh-mag in italy!) was finding the Quincy Jones “Kitty with the Bent frame” sample (from “Dollar$” OT), that’s only a short sound, but it is a perfect example of how small things matter when producing a beat.
That sound really gives emphasis to the mcs voices, and is fundamental to build the dramatic atmosphere this song creates.
But still I was unsatisfied, the main ingredient still was missing.
Where’s that crazy string-bass loop taken from? Sorry mr Jones, but that bassline is the heart of the beat!

ron grainer 22

Only a few years ago I found the main sample for this beat: Ron Grainer’s “Thackeray Meets Faculty”.
That’s not a song, that’s a soundtrack and that’s what Ron Grainer is famous for.
He did music for many Hollywood productions, I think his most famous work is the Dr Who theme, but If you are a Sci-Fi fanatic as I am, you should remember his great work for “the Omega man”, a Sci-Fi cult movie based on the awesome novel “I am legend” by Richard Matheson. I strongly suggest you that movie and that novel, while the movie starring Will Smith actually looks horrible.
“Thackeray Meets Faculty” was created for “To Sir, with love” a 1967 British movie wich deals with social and racial issues, but the song wasn’t even the main theme.
Listening to this tune, you won’t find the same melody you hear on Mobb Deep’s classic, Havoc must have done some dope cut-n-paste here and there, to create that notorious bassline.

Get all the songs sampled -HERE-

Re-listening to the tunes sampled and to Shook Ones pt II always makes me wonder…how is there someone still thinking sampling is not an art?


¡Ay, caramba! Shook Ones II piano bassline sample finally revealed – this time the proper one.

the omega man

20 Responses to “Deconstructing a classic: Shook Ones part II”

  1. ADB says:

    Dope post, thanks.

  2. Max says:

    This is crazy..I was just thinking today that someone should deconstruct this beat..Thanks for the info M&J!

  3. Ozzino says:

    How the hell you did it?!
    great post mago!

  4. ilmago says:

    Me and Hav used to be homeyz, grew up togetha in tha 41st side naaamean. We split when he found “the G funk Era” in my vinyl’s box, but we still got respect for each other naamsayn…

  5. Dan Love says:

    Dope, dope, dope. Great stuff.

  6. Hey Ilmago, one post every 6 months but at least dope!

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  9. Labrat says:

    What About that siren sound at the begining of the song??!

    • Jay says:

      i dont think its a actually a siren. u can hear it on the quincy jones track “kitty with a bent frame” around 1:15

  10. ilmago says:

    I think you are referring to the Quincy Jones sample.
    There’s another ‘sound’ I haven’t mentioned though. A sort of ‘ruff’ bassline supporting the main one. I think that’s some kind of distortion Havoc used.

  11. BigCarlos says:

    This “siren”, as you call it, appears in the Quincy Jones’ “Kitty with the bent frame” at 1:16 if i do remember right, a classic.
    It is said that the beat comes from the Daly Wilson big band’s “Dirty Feet”, but I’m not sure..
    Anyway, sampling in a good way (like Mobb Deep did) is an art, but taking an whole song and rewrite on it is shit.
    Oh and sorry for my poor English ;)

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  13. Stop lying says:

    Stop lying, you only knew the Daly Wilson drums because you heard it on Vinyl Dogs Volume 1, which is where Havoc sampled it from. It was unknown until the Vinyl Dogs released it. Don’t front, give respect where its due.

  14. binto says:

    the daly wilson break is an australian record but it has a US release on elephant records. i think the only other person i have heard sample it is large professor