Bob James: Nautilus

Track

Nautilus

Artist

Bob James (keyboards)

CD

One (Warner Bros.)

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Musicians:

Bob James (keyboards),

Gary King (bass), Steve Gadd (drums)

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Recorded: 1974

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Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

Though this track predates its hip-hop usage, Bob James's "Nautilus" became one of the most sampled tracks in hip-hop history. James's looped Rhodes and catchy A-minor bassline provide the main basis for the head and the solo section. Such hip-hop artists as Wu Tang Clan's Ghostface Killa, Rakim, and DJ Shadow sampled this song and ensured that James's funk would be heard by generations of other listeners.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley

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