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The Billy Joel-Hip-Hop Connection

Billy Joel & Hip-Hop are like gin and tonic (or “tonic and gin”)… great together!

Digest that for a moment.

Now, I’m not saying he makes hip-hop music.

But his artistic output has clearly influenced hip-hop artists. (Where do you think Nas and Jay-Z got the titles for “N.Y. State of Mind” and “Empire State of Mind”? Perhaps a song called “New York State of Mind”?)

 He’s a part of the hip-hop family tree, like a distant uncle by marriage… similar to Kraftwerk or Bob James. (Don’t leave a comment mentioning “We Didn’t Start The Fire.” I’m saving that for my Musical Hate Crimes piece. Thanks.)

After the jump check out five great Billy Joel samples.

Das Racist – You Oughta Know (samples: “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)”

Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo – Road To The Riches (samples: “Stiletto” )

De La Soul – Plug Tunin’ (Original 12” Version) (samples “Stiletto”)

Boogie Down Productions – The Bridge Is Over (lyrically interpolates “It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me”)

(At 1:53, he repurposes a Billy Joel lyric in the first salvo of The Bridge Wars).

Joe Budden – Big Shot (samples “Big Shot”)

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