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Cutting up the instantly recognisable “fresh” vocal sample is a rite of passage for any aspiring turntablist. It’s been drilled, twiddled, crabbed and transformed well past its expiry date, but they keep going back to it.
Is it the tail on the end of the phrase that gives it its playability, or is it the sonic texture of these brief vocoded lines that lends itself so well to a crossfader mangling? Either way, it’s been a port of call for a cut ever since it appeared on the outro of hip hop renaissance man Fab Five Freddy’s 1982 single, Change The Beat.
The original track (The Male Version) in its entirety is of little worth to samplers and DJs. But the flip (The Female Version) is the one with the covetable dialogue.
Online diggers’ Bible, WhoSampled.com, notes that one person has used the original, but over a thousand have nabbed the B-side. And that’s without counting every single scratch record it’s appeared on. F-F-F-Fresh!
Hear that famous sample come in at the 3.41 mark…