Yeahh, another rap journey for y’all. In case you missed the first one, these are all about tracking down influences and borrowings and samples through rap music, often ending up far outside the bounds of rap. I ended up playin a couple of these songs last night at Soul Clap, and it reminded me of this journey I went on recently. This one was made possible by Andrew, thanks buddy!
So Andrew sent me a link to this Pacific Division track (from a mixtape I assume) that he was feelin, and I thought it was pretty tight too, check it out.
Pacific Division – Put Me On
Many of you will recognize this beat from a while back, it was actually A Tribe Called Quest’s very first single: Bonita Applebum. I’d heard the song plenty before, but I never thought to check out the video for it until I was gettin’ on this journey, and I was real glad I did.
A Tribe Called Quest – Bonita Applebum
Hahaha yeahh, MAD prophylactics. But this journey’s not over. Notice that little sitar-sounding-thing that pops in whenever the beat is about to loop back to the beginning? You’ve heard that before too right….?
The Fugees – Killing Me Softly
Yeah you have. But now comes the part you might not have picked up on. I was lucky, my ear caught this one just a few days before Andrew sent me that message about the Pac Div song. It was on this mixtape Flying Lotus made at the beginning of this past summer called Lovers Melt 2. Pretty far out shit.
Rotary Connection – Memory Band
And that’s a rap journey y’all! Dig it