Funky Drummer Deconstructed

This is maybe the best accidental find in the history of procrastination by means of diving into internet wormholes.

It all starts at the 1:50 mark.

That break sounds like the drum track of seemingly every early rap song I remember coming out. It seems like it’s part of just about everything and it gets embedded into your brain.

It’s the pattern I subconsciously finger-tap on the desk or the steering wheel in moments of boredom.

It’s definitely this and this and it sounds an awful lot like this, and–lo and behold!–there’s a clip in existence where the drummer who actually created it explains it.

(Check out this list of people who sampled Funky Drummer.)

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