There's No Substitute: RIP Melvin Bliss
July 27, 2010
Can we please have a moment of silence for . . .
Singer Melvin Bliss who passed away on Monday (July 26), according to various hip-hop blogs. No additional information was provided.
The Chicago native is widely recognized for his 1973 tune "Synthetic Substitution," which, undoubtedly, is the most sampled song in hip-hop. The list of rappers who utilized the breakbeat to create classic rap songs is extensive.
Every "golden-era" rapper and producer owes a debt to this man and maybe even some back royalties (quiet as it's kept).
Melvin Bliss -- "Synthetic Substitution
Some of my favorite songs that used the "Substitution" beat
Public Enemy -- "Brothers Gonna Work it Out"
The Goats -- "Do The Digs Dug"
The Roots -- "Don't Feel Right"
Biz Markie -- Cool V's Scratching
Ultramagnetic MC's -- "Ego Trippin'"
R.I.P. Melvin Bliss . . . and thank you.