Can I get an Amen?

August 25, 2006 at 12:00 pm (Music)

What is 5.2 seconds long, consists of 16 beats, and is sampled in more songs than anything else? It’s the Amen, Break! Well, you might be saying- heck, that’s not a lost melody! I’ve heard it a million times! True, but have you ever heard the complete original version of the song: Amen, Brother played by the funk group The Winstons? It’s the B-side of a 1969 single, hardly a well known piece (besides the 5.2 seconds). Want to learn how this almost lost melody became integral to hip-hop culture? Check out this amazing documentary about the beat, it’s staying power, and history. Have a nice weekend.

Related Tags: Winstons, Amen Brother, Amen Break, funk,

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1 Comment

  1. Timaaaahhhh said,

    I’ve been looking everywhere for the actual song with the beat! Any idea where I can find it?

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