Skull Snaps was a mysterious funk group that released one eponymous album on the small GSF label in 1973 before disappearing. They were in fact the group originally known as The Diplomats who had released numerous singles between 1963 and 1970 with middling success. Following the Skull Snaps sessions the group recorded a cover version of Manu Dibango's underground hit 'Soul Makossa', using the name All Dyrections, for the Budah label. Two years later they recorded one final single under the Skull Snaps name, 'Ain't that lovin' you' b/w 'Al's razor blade', for Grill records.
Skull Snaps' main claim to fame is not its quality, but that the drum breaks on it have been sampled numerous times on rap and hip-hop records; the familiar opening drum pattern of It's A New Day can be heard in songs by well-known acts such as Ol' Dirty Bastard and The Prodigy. The first person to sample "It's A New Day" was New Haven, CT Hip Hop artist Stezo on a song entitled "It's My Turn".
All this, coupled with the fact that it was a rare record, meant it often traded for $200 to $300 between collectors. It has now, however, been reissued in both vinyl and CD editions. The vinyl is identical to the original release (Though supposedly on better vinyl).
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