Skull Snaps

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Skull Snaps
Studio album by Skull Snaps
Released 1974, 1995, 2005
Recorded 1973
Genre R&B, soul, funk, deep funk, rare groove
Length 32:12
Label GSF, Charly Records Aztec Music, Ten12 Records
Producer George Kerr
Skull Snaps chronology
Skull Snaps
"Snapped"/"I'm Your Pimp"
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Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Skull Snaps was a funk group active between 1963 and 1973. Until 1970 they were known as The Diplomats, and released a number of singles with some success. Renamed Skull Snaps, they released an eponymous album on the small GSF label in 1973 before disappearing.[2]

The Skull Snaps album contains drum breaks that have been sampled numerous times on various hip hop records: the familiar opening drum pattern of "It's a New Day" can be heard in songs by well-known acts such as Ol' Dirty Bastard, Das EFX, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Eric B. & Rakim, Digable Planets, DJ Shadow, The Prodigy and others.[3]

Ten12 Records re-united all the original members of Skull Snaps (Erv Littleton Waters, Sam O. Culley, and George Bragg) in 2005 in tandem with the band's first official release, "Snapped"/"I'm Your Pimp", since its 1975 single. Under the direction of Skull Snaps frontman Erv Waters, Ten12 Records planned to release the entire Skull Snaps catalog on CD and DVD,[4] with recordings from the original album plus five bonus tracks: "Al's Razor Blade", "Ain't That Lovin' You", "On Top of It", "Soul Makossa", and "She's the One".


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