2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
At the time of this post, actor Don Cheadle is up about ten grand in his crowd-funding campaign to raise $325,000 for his directorial debut, a Miles Davis biopic. The enthusiastic first time director stresses that the soundtrack will be a major component of “Miles Ahead,” but doesn’t directly address which, if any, original Davis music has been licensed for the production. Instead, Cheadle talks up musical consultants Herbie Hancock and Robert Glasper, and playfully dangles the involvement of a whole slew of more contemporary hip-hop artists like Jay-Z, Nas, and Kendrick Lamar.
Don Cheadle is a well known hip-hop head who lived through the jazz-sampling fury of the ’90s, so it makes sense that he would appeal to younger audiences through that lens. Surprisingly, though, relative to the plunder of music by jazz artists such as Lou Donaldson and Bob James, much of Davis’ output somehow survived rampant appropriation. (I’m going to hypothesize that his estate’s legal team have something to do with that.) A reasonable search reveals a handful of high profile hip-hop artists who have dared to dig into Miles’ Davis back catalogue for loops, and even those borrowed fragments are thoroughly camouflaged.
In 1989, Gang Starr’s DJ Premier wholly jacked Davis’ “Night in Tunisia” for one of the group’s most memorable singles.
That same year, Queen Latifah sampled Davis’s “Don’t Lose Your Mind” for a reggae-tinged album cut.
In 1992, a sample of Davis’ “Bitches Brew” helped fun-loving rapper Heavy D transition into a harder sound.
Black Moon’s sound couldn’t possibly have gotten any harder by the time they sampled “Bitches Brew” for “Niguz Talk Shit” in 1993.
The Notorious B.I.G. featured Puffy (now Diddy) over a sample of Davis’ “Lonely Fire” for his “Suicidal Thoughts” in 1994.
Spike Lee’s ’94 “Crooklyn” soundtrack features a sample of “It’s About That Time” in “Crooklyn Dodgers,” also produced by Premier.
And, as recently as 2006, Diddy returned to the well to muddy up his dance sound with Davis’ “Spanish Key.”
Neil Drumming is a staff writer for Salon. Follow him on Twitter @Neil_Salon.More Neil Drumming.
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.