Lyn Collins – Think (about it ) [1973]

The Amen might be the spritual soul of most breakbeat driven music but its impossible to overlook the classic that is Lyn Collins’, Think. In its own right, the track is amazing, soulful and funky with some great conscious lyrics, catchy as hell. Then you have the four bar break and hook that EZ Rock swiped wholesale for his and Rob Base’s “It Takes Two”, frankly, they could have saved themself some work and used Lyn’s vocals too but hey…

Other noteable usages (courtesy of Wikipedia)
In 1988, DJ Slick Rick used it at the end of “Children’s Story” and Janet Jackson sampled the song in her 1990 hit “Alright”. Much later, Fatman Scoop sampled “Think” for his own version of “It Takes Two”. Other recordings that sample the song include Kardinal Offishall’s “Clear!”, Lil’ Romeo’s “2Way [dub]”, Dizzee Rascal’s “Pussy’ole (Old Skool)”, De La Soul’s “Jenifa Taught Me (Derwin’s Revenge)”, EPMD’s “Gold Digger”, Dream Warriors’ “Face in the Basin”, Chubb Rock’s “Ya Bad Chubbs” and The Real Roxanne’s “Roxanne’s On A Roll.” At least one jazz musician has sampled the song, Vinnie Colaiuta, 1994, in the opening track of his self titled album. Today’s song “I Got the Feeling” samples a vocal from the song. Mariah Carey’s remix of “Heartbreaker” featuring Da Brat and Missy Eliott sampled the song and Snoop Dogg’s “Ain’t No Fun (If the Homies Can’t Have None)” on Carey’s album, Rainbow in 1999, and from Snoop’s 1993 classic influential debut album Doggystyle.

And we havent even started into Drum & Bass yet, there’s a stack of hardcore and jungle tunes that ripped that “woo, yeah” break section as the secondary percussion to a main snare break. Ironically, it mixes perfectly with the Amen Brother break to fill the high end while the Amen takes the deeper bass and rough snares. Classic.


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