Original Nuttah

From old music to new music

UK Apachi & Shy FX – Original Nuttah 1994

Early 90’s the electronic musicscene in the UK used the term ‘Jungle’ for the first time. Fast breakbeats and the use of The Winston Amen break was typical. The musicstyle is connected to Reggae and Jamaican music.

“Original Nuttah” was the 3th or 4th track Shy FX released and it became one of the signature tracks of the Jungle-style. Vocalist UK Apachi delivered his inimitable style of toasting/rapping and chanting over a combination of samples and of course ‘The Amen’ drumbreak from The Winstons. It became the first D&B/Jungle track to enter the British Charts, highest position 39 01-10-94.

Reuse of music and movie dialogue

Gangsta Kid

On early 1994 release track (12 inch vinyl catalogue number SOUR 004) “Gangsta Kid” Shy FX already used a sample from the movie “Goodfellas”

Sample of a dialogue in movie ‘Goodfellas’ and the version used in the track ‘Gangsta Kid’

 

as well as the ‘Cypress Hill – I Wanna Get High’ intro sample.

Cypress Hill – I Wanna Get High sample and usage in ‘Gangsta Kid’

Original Nuttah

‘Original Nuttah was also released in 1994 (12 inch vinyl catalogue number SOUR 008) and another sample is used from the movie ‘Goodfellas’.

Sample of a dialogue in movie ‘Goodfellas’ and the version used in the track ‘Original Nuttah’

 

Again here is the ‘Cypress Hill – I Wanna Get High’ intro sample.

Cypress Hill – I Wanna Get High sample and usage in ‘Original Nuttah’

UK Apachi

Toaster/Rapper UK Apachi used an interpolation of Anthony Red Rose – Tempo in text and melody for ‘Original Nuttah’

Sample of Anthony Red Rose’s track ‘Tempo’ and the version used in ‘Original Nuttah’

and he used an interpretation of Anthony Red Rose – ‘Under Me Fat Thing’

Sample of Anthony Red Rose’s track ‘Under Me Fat Thing’ and the similar part in ‘Original Nuttah’

Both songs of Anthony Red Rose were released in 1985.

Unique

The “Original Nuttah” composition is unique, the first widely know ‘Jungle’ track and part of the succes is the use of real great samples of ‘old’ music. And it goes deeper. The sampled track “I Wanna Get High” by Cypress Hill samples 4 tracks itself and The song “Under Me Fat Thing” by Anthony Red Rose is a cover of Yellowman’s song with the same title and both tracks (Red Rose and Yellownman’s song) samples “Under Me Sleng Teng” by Wayne Smith.

 

• Goodfellas is a movie, made by Martin Scorsese and released in 1990. The story is about American gangsterism. It is an adaptation of the book ‘Wiseguy’ by Nicholas Pileggi.

• Cypress Hill is an American Rap crew from LA, famous for making songs about smoking weed.

• Anthony Red Rose is a Jamaican Sing-Jay, an entertainer who combines toasting (an archetype of rapping) and singing following the rhythm of the track.

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