Welcome to the DeKalb Av subway station!
My station. This was Spike Lee's station. The Notorious B.I.G. as well. Jay-Z prob'ly met his customers here. You can see, smell and feel the culture oozing out of every crack in the pavement.
In Brooklyn, you don't call a cab...you take the subway AND if it's an emergency then you call the Car Service. It ain't as glorious as it sounds. A pimped out old El Dorado with a Royal Crown in the FRONT and Back Dash.
The subway though, was a wonderful place for me to grow as a writer. Because let's face it, New Yorkers spend a lot of time waiting around for trains. Added up I'll bet it's a few days per year. If you're looking for inspiration on humanity...look no further than the Brooklyn Subway Line. CHANGE HERE FOR THE 2,3.4.5.A.C.E,the B.D.F. the N, the R, the Queens-Bound G.
Won't you please stand clear of the closing doors!
and you should know the drill by now...Don't scroll down to the text below (although I know it is tempting now you're being told not to. :P) until after the video or you'll spoil all the great surprises that lie within!
Representing Fort Greene, BROOKLYN ~ NYC
Here's Today's TOP 10 You Funktual People You!
1) Juicy Fruit by MTUME = Juicy - The Notorious B.I.G.
2) Before The Night Is Over by Joe Simon = So Fresh, So Clean - OutKast
3) Mary Mary byTHE MONKEES = Mary Mary - Run DMC
4) Between The Sheets by The Isley Brothers = Big Poppa - The Notorious B.I.G.
5) Headless Heroes by Eugene McDaniels = Get It Together - Beastie Boys featuring Q-Tip
6) Don't Burn Down the Bridge by Gladys Knight & The Pips =
360* (What Goes Around) - Grand Puba
A Milli - Lil' Wayne
7) Running Away by Roy Ayers = Description of a Fool - A Tribe Called Quest
8) The Champ by The Mohawks (ALONG WITH BLONDIE's "Rapture") = Step Into A World (Rapture's Delite) - KRS-One
9) Black Cow by Steely Dan = Deja Vu (Uptown Baby) - Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz
10) Be Thankful For What You Got by William DeVaughn = Diamond In The Back - Ludacris
#10 ~ You may not drive a Great Big Cadillac, Diamond in the Back, SunRoof-Top, Diggin the Scene with a Gangsta Lean ooh hoo!
What Else? ~~~ What Else?
Okay. Okay. Settle Down Spaz.
Juicy Fruit by MTUME was also used by...
- Stetsasonic for the classic "Talkin' All That Jazz"
- Common for "Charm's Alarm"
- Warren G used twice for "This DJ" & "Don't You see"
- Allure feat. LL Cool J for their collabo "No Question"
Between The Sheets by ISLEY BROS too.
- A Tribe Called Quest BONITA APPLEBUM ya gotta put me on.
- Naughty By Nature WRITTEN ON YA KITTEN
- Da Brat FUNKDAFIED
- Heavy D & The Boyz NUTTIN' BUT LOVE for ya babe!
- Keith Murray THE MOST BEAUTIFULLEST THING IN THIS WORLD is just like that....I get in ya!
- Whitney Houston ONE OF THOSE DAYS
Headless Heroes by Eugene McDaniels was also used by PETE ROCK & CL SMOOTH's "Soul Brother #1"!!!!!!!!!
Black Cow by Steely Dan also = MF Doom "Gas Drawlz"
Be Thankful For What You Got by William DeVaughn was sampled by
- N.W.A. twice on "Gangsta Gangsta" & "8 Ball"
- WC and the MAAD Circle for "In a Twist"
- Intelligent Hoodlum too for "Back to Reality"
- and Massive Attack's "Be Thankful For What You Got"
THIS TRAIN IS BEING HELD BY THE DISPATCHER!
Comments, A Thumbs Up, it's all LOVE!
GOATS2BDazee on August 31, 2018:
This is an excellent article. I'm learning so much!
DJShowBiz on May 25, 2017:
Diamond in the back was performed by Curtis mayfield not sure who sang it 1st
shaw on April 22, 2012:
Running Away = Common - Nag Champa
Joseph on March 28, 2010:
wow...That was great collection...Im not so familiar with some, but I remember hearing some of those beats with remixes when I go to jams.
NAUTIC on March 03, 2010:
The Champ was also sampled by Maestro Fresh Wes from T.O. back in 89, bro. Huge track up here back in the day.
Finch on December 12, 2009:
Thanks man, really enjoy your vids a lot, you filled in many unknown dope tracks and artists for me!
satisfied on August 29, 2009:
william de vaughn- be thankful for what you've got what a smooooooooth song man...wow
Stu on January 19, 2009:
"A record you could play for your kids....teach 'em a lesson".....you got it - keep keepin' on :-]
Barn on December 20, 2008:
Hey man, love your Hip Hop history vids! How about Peg by Steely Dan? obviously used by 'De La soul', on the 'Sargent Peppers' of Hip Hop/Rap, '3 Feet High & Rising'. 'I Know I'll Lov You Better', you gotta admit, it's a legendary sample! Peace
DJ Funktual (author) from One Nation Under a Groove on October 17, 2008:
Thanks Coach. Many on youtube have come to point that out to me, and it shames me that I didn't already know that but hey, ya can't know it all or you'd just be a know-it-all. LOL
Thanks for the comment.
Coach D on October 17, 2008:
First group is pronounced like Em-Tu-May not like Em-Tomb. I love your presentation.
SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on May 05, 2008:
Great video and I like the picture of Dekalb Avenue. I know that is not what the topic is about, but the lady reading/waiting for the subway reminds me of myself waiting for a train or bus, I always am engrossed in a book :).
DJ Funktual (author) from One Nation Under a Groove on May 05, 2008:
WHITE BOY? You guy's are hilarious. See ya guys Saturday Night! NAPLES BABY!
Rhythm City Prod. on May 05, 2008:
Agreed. #10 is incredible! Great message too White Boy!
DJ Funktual (author) from One Nation Under a Groove on May 04, 2008:
Yeah that one was a ringer I've been hangin' on to.
Angela Harris from Around the USA on May 04, 2008:
#4 and 6 are cool, but #10 is best by far! Love that.