Skull Snaps was an enigmatic funk group active between 1963 and 1973. The group is known for their mysterious origins and the anonymity of their members, with the identities of their members being unknown for most of their career and long afterward. Until 1970 they were known as The Diplomats, and released a number of singles with some success. Renamed Skull Snaps, they released an eponymous album on the small GSF label in 1973 before suddenly disappearing. Skull snap on full printing face mask Since then, the now-familiar opening drum pattern of “It’s a New Day” can be heard on songs by well-known acts such as Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Das EFX, DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, Eric B. & Rakim, Digable Planets, DJ Shadow, Stabbing Westward, the Prodigy, Panjabi MC, Suprême NTM and others, many of whom sampled the drum pattern directly from the Stezo track, as he let the sample run “naked”.