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There's No Substitute: RIP Melvin Bliss


"Substitute" Teacher: Melvin Bliss (R.I.P.)


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.