Impeach the President

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"Impeach the President"
Single by The Honey Drippers
B-side"Roy C's Theme Song"
Released1973
Format7-inch single
GenreFunk
Length3:17
LabelAlaga Records, Tuff City Records
Songwriter(s)Roy Charles Hammond
Producer(s)Roy C

"Impeach the President" is a single by funk band The Honey Drippers, released on Alaga Records in 1973 and re-released to iTunes by Tuff City Records in 2017, after being sampled many times.[1] It is a protest song advocating the impeachment of then president Richard Nixon.[2] In the chorus the band chants the song's title while Roy persuades them to stop. The B-side was "Roy C's Theme".[3]

Significance[edit]

The song is famous for having its drum pattern being one of the most adapted beats in hip hop, R&B and jazz music.[4][5][6] The hi-hat is lifted on the sixth note of the drum pattern, similar to Hihache by The Lafayette Afro Rock Band which does so on the 8th (which is hidden in several R&B songs) and this means that some songs which sample "Impeach" also interpolate "Hihache" e.g. Ronny Jordan's Come With Me. The last 2 or 3 hits in the pattern are the exact section that became a cliche for 90s jazz music. Songs that sample Impeach The President tend to have very progressive intentions and lyrics. Below is a rough list of songs which sample or interpolate the song and its drum intro:

Samples by others[edit]

1980s

1990s

*Note that the studio version is an interpolation and the live version on 3 Nites in Miami directly samples "Impeach the President".

2000s

2010s

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Metcalf, Josephine (2015). African American Culture and Society After Rodney King: Provocations and Protests, Progression and Post-racialism. Ashgate Publishing. p. 182. ISBN 9781472455390.
  2. ^ Mlynar, Phillip. "Hive Five: Great Moments in Hip-Hop Inspired by Presidents". MTV. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Impeach the President / Roy C's Theme, by The Honey Drippers". Tuff City Records. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  4. ^ Reiff, Corbin. "These are the breaks: 10 of the most sampled drum beats in music history". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  5. ^ Doran, John (28 October 2015). "James Brown – 10 of the best". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  6. ^ Markman, Rob. "Nas In 'Rare Form' On New Album, Salaam Remi Says". MTV. Retrieved 1 November 2017.