This is the first installment of an ongoing series I want to do where I document some of the interesting journeys rap takes me on. The more I listen to it, the more this kind of stuff happens and it’s one of my favorite things about rap/hiphop/whatever. Within every song there’s often a passageway to some other related but different song, and there’s always so much sharing and borrowing and collaborating going on in rap that influences and samples and references get all blended together and they can take you some cool places if you take the time to track them down a little bit. And often times you end up in a place you never would have gone to on your own.
This is a good example of that. I was checkin out this new Snoop Dogg single, and there was this happy little “la la la” part that kept coming in and out throughout the song, and I was like “man I know I’ve heard that before…”
Snoop Dogg – Wonder What It Do (feat. Uncle Chucc)
I eventually tracked it down to this MF Doom beat called Black Snake Root from his Special Herbs collection. Sweet! Once I figured that out though, it inspired me to dig a little deeper and track down the original song that’s sampled in that beat.
MF Doom – Black Snake Root
A little web searchin uncovered this song, which I feel like is something I would not necessarily have paid attention to or given the time of day to without this kind of setup, and now I have a special appreciation for it because of how it relates to the music that I listen to today.
Boz Scaggs – Lowdown
And that’s a rap journey y’all! Dig it