Lights Out Menahan Street BandKen Glauber

Long known as the band sampled for Jay Z’s famous "Roc Boys" (which Puff Daddy helped produce with the Hitmen), The Menahan Street Band is often overlooked by unknowing fans of their music. Having backed singers like Charles Bradley and been sampled by hip hop icons beyond Jay Z, like Kendrick Lamar and Kid Cudi, the band itself deserves more credit than they get. The arrangements on "Lights Out" are extremely well designed and well mixed. What starts as a pretty standard sounding, if not a bit nefarious, funk song, suddenly the horns and strings flow into the mix, adding a spaghetti western mood, making the track feel more dangerous.