Lloyd and Lil Wayne's "Girls All Around the World" is Maura Johnston's candidate for the Summer Jam of '08. It's mine, too. It goes where no other track has dared to in this time of retro-obsession: back to the past, to "Ashley's Roachclip," specifically. "Girls All Around the World" samples one of the most unmistakable break beats that has looped its way throughout the past 20 or so years of pop music (I know you know that airy, tambourine-infused dollop of whipped low-end, but just in case you don't, here it is, from the original 1974 track by Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers).
To illustrate how pervasive the break in question has been, I've thrown together a mix. It took doing so to show me just how versatile this beat is: from dance-rock to gangsta rap, from smoothing out adult contemporary to practically defining Club MTV-era dance pop, "Ashley's Roachclip" had its clamp on all things pop for a while. In assembling this, I'm something of a harborer of wackness -- I'm not making any apologies for Color Me Badd or Des'ree even, but I do feel a little gross about all the Milli Vanilli. Whatever, I was going for comprehensive (and I was so strict with this that I didn't include stuff like Soul II Soul's Club Mix of "Keep on Movin'" or Seduction's "You're My One and Only (True Love)," which aim to replicate this famous break, but stop short of the actual sampling of it). I'm not sure that this mix will hold up to repeat listens (it's probably more on the curio tip), but if nothing else, it should show you just how deep Lloyd and Wayne went with "Girls." For being unafraid of wackness by association, I salute them.
- Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers - Ashley's Roachclip
- Eric B. & Rakim - Paid in Full (Coldcut 7 Minutes of Madness Mix)
- EMF - Unbelievable / Ludacris - Stand Up
- Mark the 45 King - Roach Clip
- The Geto Boys - Scarface
- Scarface - Mr. Scarface Part III The Final Chapter
- Conscious Daughters - Princess of Poetry
- Duran Duran - Come Undone
- Color Me Badd - Choose
- Des'ree - You Gotta Be (Love Will Save the Day Mix)
- S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M. - (It's Gonna Be) A Lovely Day (Movin' the Crowd Club Mix)
- Milli Vanilli - Baby, Don't Forget My Number
- Milli Vanilli - All or Nothing
- Milli Vanilli - Girl, You Know It's True
- PM Dawn - Set Adrift on Memory Bliss (Remix) / Spandu Ballet - True
- Lloyd featuring Lil Wayne - Girls All Around the World
- Moby - First Cool Hive
P.S. You know what's crazy? Lloyd has now interpolated the two major components of PM Dawn's "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" - obviously, "Ashley's Roachclip" on "Girls," but there was also his use of the melody of Spandu Ballet's "True" in his 2006 single, "You." Do you think Lloyd and Prince Be are actually the same person? Think of it: have you ever seen the two in the same place? Hmmmm.