Monthly Archives: October 2011


I think that’s the only way I could describe this.  Fuckin far out.

DâM-FunK & Master Blazter Live – It’s My Life



I just recently got turned on to this dude named Dave Douglas who is a jazz trumpet player of the modern persuasion, and he’s got this band called Keystone who, from what I’ve read, play original compositions to accompany these 1910s Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle films.  That’s what the fuck I’m talkin about.  So I’ve been listening to that stuff recently and there’s this one song that had this groove in it that was SUPER familiar to me but I couldn’t quite place it until Roshni helped me out (thanks Roshni!).

Dave Douglas & Keystone – Just Another Murder

Damn, this post almost doesn’t even need the music in these videos to be worthwhile, they’re both real awesome by themselves.

Björk – Human Behavior

I’m not sure if he’s just happened to write the same bass line for his song or if he was consciously referencing the Björk song… his Wikipedia page says he’s covered Björk songs before at live shows, but the info on that Keystone album says “all compositions by Dave Douglas”, so I’m not quite sure what the deal is.  I think he did it on purpose though… maybe… ah fuck it, it doesn’t matter really, it’s a cool ass song regardless.

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I’m a pretty frequent follower of the Daily Show/Colbert Report scene, but I’m usually at least a week behind on episodes cuz I get busy and forget and stuff, so I just now got around to watching this episode where he has Black Star on to premier their new Madlib-produced track “Fix Up”.

Black Star – Fix Up

Pretty tight.  But here’s a song I like even more though that uses that same lyric in a kinda less-pronounced way.

Zion I – Infatuation

Man I really like that video a lot.  OK for those that don’t know though (I didn’t until I researched a little), both those songs aren’t actually in reference to each other, they’re both referencing this Dizzee Rascal song that I’d never heard before looking into this.

Dizzee Rascal – Fix Up, Look Sharp

Pretty crazy.  I’ve never listened to much Dizzee Rascal in the past, but I kinda dig this one.

It’s weird, I have a soft spot for rappers that speak English but I can’t really understand what they’re saying very well… is that weird?  If it’s not, it probably is weird that I’ve never really been able to get into any rap that’s NOT in English (and therefore can’t understand what’s being said very well).  Can’t explain it.

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The other day Amber hit me with a barrage of emails of original samples she’d discovered to all kinds of far out shit, so the next few posts will probably actually be more from her than from me.  This first one’s not a sample actually, it’s more like that T.I./Roberta Flack post I did way back last month (maybe my first post ever?) where the producer just used an instrumental part from an old song and reworked it into a new thing.  This was pretty surprising to me when I first heard it, it’ll kinda make you do a double take if you’re familiar with the song it’s used in.

Betty Wright – Girls Can’t Do What The Guys Do

And the new song, in case you can’t quite think of it or just haven’t watched this video in a while.  It’s a good one.

Beyonce – Upgrade U (feat. Jay-Z)

I definitely feel upgraded, how bout you?

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You might not know it from listening to me DJ at places, but if you know me at all as a person you’ll know I’m totally obsessed with Miles Davis, and have been for a long time now.  He’s kinda my hero.  I’ve tried about 5 different times now to describe what I love so much about him and his music, and I’ve failed to convey it coherently and ended up deleting it and starting over every time.  Maybe it’s just not the right time for that post.

What this post is really about is that even though I’m totally obsessed with Miles Davis, he has so much music out there that I still, every now and then, come across some stuff that I’m totally unfamiliar with.  Today was one of those times.  We were listening to a “Bitches Brew” Pandora station at work, and this song came on and rocked my world pretty hard.  See what you think.

Miles Davis – Come Get It

I guess it’s from an album called Star People that came out in 1983.  It was never issued on CD in North America, you can only get it as part of some Complete Columbia Albums boxed set or something, which explains why I’ve never heard it or even heard of it before.  I was unaware he’d made anything like this, especially in the 80s.  I’m definitely gonna try and track the rest of the album down though, cuz Miles really took it to some different levels on this one I think.  That’s one of the great things about that dude, he’s always surprising me.  Bad ass.



Damn, schooled again.

I’d just posted up what I thought was a complete discovery yesterday involving the original sample from Busta Rhymes’s “Woo Ha“, but I very soon got an email from Amber thoroughly schooling me on that sample, letting me know about 2 other songs that use it that I had NO idea about.  Wow.  Thanks, Amber!

Snoop Dogg – Loosen Control (feat. Butch Cassidy)

Faith Evans – I Just Can’t

So to redeem myself for letting these crucial tracks slip by, I buckled down and found that MF Doom song that samples the bridge section of that same song that I was talking about not being able to think of in my previous post.

MF Doom – Elder Blossoms

Man I’m liking this, I’m learning so much from you all!  The past 2 Rap Journeys have come from readers, that rules.  Keep it up!

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I saw today that Complex did a 25 Loudest Rappers Ever list, and usually I don’t like thinking about things in ranked list form, but I’ve been listening to a bunch of Waka Flocka lately and I was just curious about where they ranked him on there (because there’s no way he could be left off that list).  Turns out they put him at #5, which I can’t really argue with.  I mean that’s higher up than 2Pac, ODB, and MOP.  Not bad.

Anyway, what I actually wanted to write about was this:  they put Busta Rhymes in there, unsurprisingly, and the song they mentioned was (as I’m sure you guessed by the title of this post) “Woo Hah!” which I hadn’t listened to in a reeeeal long time, and re-listening to it made me wonder if I could find out where the sample in that beat is from.

Galt MacDermot – Space


I feel like the bridge section at right around the 1:00 mark is in an MF Doom beat somewhere too, but I’ll be damned if I can think of where it’s at.  Anybody?

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I know I’m not introducing anybody to this song right now, but did you know he was 15 when he recorded this??

Stevie Wonder – Uptight

And if you can find the B-side to it anywhere online that doesn’t sound real crappy (I couldn’t), then check it out, it’s magical.  It’s called Purple Raindrops.  15!



I really like it when a magazine or something sets up an interview, but instead of sending out an interviewer, they just get some other person involved in the stuff the person being interviewed is to interview them.  Did that make sense?

Example: I just read this interview where Tyler, the Creator interviews Nas for XXL, and it’s really awesome.  I feel like I learn way more about the people in interviews like that, they just kinda get comfortable with each other and talk about normal shit and it gives a much more intimate picture of who that person really is.  I guess the formal kind of interview is good too for like factual shit, like telling complete stories and stuff.  But for getting a little portrait of the person just as a person, I think this format is perfect.

I mean when else are you gonna hear Tyler, the Creator say some shit like this:

Being low-key is awesome…

That doesn’t come out when they’re bein put on the spot by some journalist to defend their whole ideology and aesthetic, you know?  I love it.

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Quantic y Su Cojunto – Nuthin’ But A G Thing

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