Sample: 10 CC “The Worst Band in the World” (1974)
Producer: J Dilla
Label: Stones Throw
The song J Dilla sampled for “Workinonit,” from the late production legend’s instrumental opus Donuts, was called “The Worst Band in the World” but 10cc, the band who made it, were actually quite good. Best known for 1975’s “I’m Not in Love,” the quartet were sort of like the British version of Steely Dan, known for witty lyrics, towing of the line between experimentation and accessibility. Dilla was certainly a fan: he sampled 10cc twice on Donuts alone, also warping 1973’s “Johnny Don’t Do It” into the trippy “Waves."