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03/08/2019
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Flip the Beat of the Honey Drippers' Funk Classic "Impeach the President" in New Tracklib Contest

The Honey Drippers' 1973 single "Impeach the President" has been sampled nearly 800 times, according to authoritative site WhoSampled, making it one of the building blocks of '80s and '90s-era hip-hop. You can hear it in tracks by Eric B. & Rakim, Digable Planets, N.W.A., Nas, De La Soul, Big Daddy Kane, EPMD—and even in cuts by current luminaries such as J. Cole and Joey Bada$$. The song's unstoppable funkiness is as undeniable as Richard Milhous Nixon's corruption.

With Donald J. Trump making Nixon look like a rank amateur in the malfeasance department, "Impeach the President" has undergone something of a resurgence in popularity among people who like a political message in their funk. I, for one, have been spinning it in nearly every DJ gig possible since TrumPutin stole the presidency in 2016, in the quixotic hope that its message will come to pass. Every little spin helps.

One more manifestation of "Impeach the President"'s renewed popularity is a new contest being held by Tracklib, which bills itself as "the record store for sampling"; the service offers over 70,000 tracks for legal sampling and licensing.

Here's the deal: Contestants create a new beat from "Impeach the President," upload a video no longer than 60 seconds of said beat to Instagram or other social-media platforms on or before March 31, tag the video with #impeachthepresident and #tracklibbeatbattle, and then tag at least two producer friends in your post. (It should be noted that this contest is rigged against loners with poor social skills and people who eschew social media.) Contestants can download "Impeach the President" for free and then rearrange it to their ears' content. Grammy-Award winning producer Drumma Boy will determine the beat battle winner. Go here for more info.