Bernie Worrell passed away last week. You might not recognise the name, but I am sure you are familiar with some of his influential music. He was the keyboardist of the funk-band, Parliament-Funkadelic. He helped bring forth the signature sound that George Clinton and the two funk bands are famous for.
Worrell was a pioneer of using the Moog and making it sing. He earned the nickname “Wizard of Woo” for all of the sounds and styles he could flip using keyboards, synthesizers, organs, and the clavinet.
Worrell passed away on Friday after a battle with lung cancer. Coincidentally, I was spinning a set that day and had prepped the Parliament to Snoop Dogg transition that starts off this edition of Word is Bond Rap Radio. I had no idea he died until I was getting ready to do my set.
I wanted to pay tribute to Bernie Worrell today by playing some Parliament songs and then transitioning into rap songs that sampled them. I could have done a two-hour show on this concept alone. Parliament is one of the most sampled bands in history and for good reason, they have amazing songs and grooves.
Rest in Peace, Bernie Worrel! Thanks for all the great grooves and tunes!
Parliament – Tear the Roof Off
Snoop Doggy Dogg – What’s My Name
Beastie Boys – Intergalactic
The Nicest – No Swag
Parliament – Flashlight
Digital Underground – Dowutchyalike
Parliament – Do That Stuff
Nice & Smooth – Funky 4 You
Parliament – Aqua Boogie
Ice Cube – Ghetto Bird
Atmosphere – Ringo
D-sisive – Chest Piece
Def 3 and Factor – Speed Demon
Thesis Sahib – New Same Old
Dead Teknology & The Matter Horn – [email protected]&k the Title
Fu-schnickens – Back Off
The Polish Ambassador – Complete
Ras Kass Only in LA
Cee – Ramadan
Cquel – Helping Me or Hurting Me
Das Efx – They Want Efx
Jurassic 5 – Jayou
Naughty by Nature – Hip-Hop Hooray
De La Soul – Sho Nuff
Pawz One – Death From Above
The Alkaholiks – Only When I’m Drunk
Split Personality – Don’t Stop Hip-Hop
Hellzwind – Theory MC
Mean Joe Scheme – Ultra Jim Beam
Relic – The Payoff
Jeru The Damaja – Ain’t the Devil Happy
INI – Think Twice
Soulsik Society – Real King
AzMattic – Piano Therapy
Brother Ali – Good Lord
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