Welcome to Who Flopped It Better? A recurring segment here where we look at a sample used in a variety of rap songs and determine who indeed flopped it better? This week we look at “Love to Love You” by Donna Summer!
Donna Summer – “Love to Love You” (1975)
Donna Summer’s first disco hit in America. A midst a successful disco career in Europe, Summer suggested the line “I love to love you” to songwriter Giorgio Moroder who flushed the concept out into a full song that went to number one on the dance charts. Its infectious bassline has lived on, being used in three particularly different ways.
Digital Underground – “Freaks of the Industry” (1989)
Off the group’s celebrated debut Sex Packets, “Freaks of the Industry” maintains Summer’s sultriness to the point making the bassline come off almost sinister in its seduction.
Eyedea and Abilities – “Big Shots” (1999)
On the other hand, here we have DJ Abilities’ minimalist stripping of the sample to just the isolated bass, giving an authoritative thump for celebrated battle champ Eyedea to lop character study punchlines over.
Run-DMC – “Degeneration X” (2000)
Finally we have the Run-DMC reworking of the “Degeneration X” theme, a reworking of “Love to Love You” if it was performed by Rage Against the Machine. It’s a puzzling song that really dates Run as, despite being the entrance music for wrestling’s preeminent counter-culture degenerates, Run spends the first verse lecturing rappers who sampled him without asking permission and then threatening to sue them. Tough talk from a man who spent his first four albums not clearing a single sample at all.
So the question arises, who do you think flopped it better?
Until next time…let’s agree to agree!