RIP Melvin Bliss, Creator of “Synthetic Substitution”


Wax Poetics reported yesterday that Melvin Bliss, singer of one the most sampled songs of all time, 1973’s “Synthetic Substitution,” has died. The list of artists who’ve borrowed from the track is long and overwhelming: Ultramagnetic MC’s, Public Enemy, De La Soul, Naughty By Nature, Gang Starr, Wu-Tang Clan; it goes on, pretty much forever. We should all be so lucky to have played a part in something like it. There was a documentary underway about Bliss’s life; you can watch the trailer for it below, along with a few selected songs that sample “Synthetic Substitution.” Listen to them goddamn drums:

RIP Melvin Bliss x Synthetic Substitution [Slang Rap]