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The Bridge: Sampler’s Delight

Chris Molanphy talks to hip-hop journalist Mosi Reeves about Chic, the Sugarhill Gang, and disco and rap’s parallel histories.

Episode Notes

In this mini-episode of Hit Parade, host Chris Molanphy is first joined by “The Bridge” producer Asha Saluja to answer some listener mail. Find out the connection between Chic, Diana Ross and Star Wars!

Next, Chris is joined by hip-hop journalist Mosi Reeves to discuss one particular storyline from the latest episode of Hit Parade: the immortal bassline from Chic’s “Good Times,” which was sampled in hip-hop’s first smash hit “Rapper’s Delight.” Mosi provides a brief history of sampling in rap, from the early interpolation of disco recordings to the legal disputes that eventually changed the rules of the game.

Finally, Chris quizzes a Slate Plus listener with some music trivia, gives her a chance to turn the tables on him, and previews next month’s full-length episode. Slate Plus members can sign up for a chance to be our trivia contestant on a future episode here.

Podcast production by Asha Saluja.

About the Show

Chris Molanphy, a pop-chart analyst and author of Slate’s “Why Is This Song No. 1?” series, tells tales from a half-century of chart history. Through storytelling, trivia, and song snippets, Chris dissects how that song you love—or hate—dominated the airwaves, made its way to the top of the charts, and shaped your memories forever.

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  • Chris Molanphy is a feature writer and critic who writes widely about music and the pop charts.