Monthly Archives: December 2011


Stumbling across samples from popular stuff is always really awesome, but it’s not really that rare because usually popular new songs borrow stuff from popular old songs, you know?  So it’s not that hard to come across.  But finding the sample to some fucked up weird fringy shit is extra satisfying, because they usually borrow from other fucked up weird fringy shit, so it’s not as easy to just hear a song on the radio or in a movie or something, it usually poses a little more of a challenge.

This one I just got lucky on.  I was checkin out this album by a chick named Doris from the ’70s and from the moment the bass line started I knew I was having one of those rare moments.

Doris – You Never Come Closer

This one’s even more meaningful to me because it’s on one of my favorite albums of all time.  It took me a little while to get into the weirdness of it, but after I did I realized it was absolutely amazing.  The way the skits and the music are integrated, and the style of the beats in general, it’s really somethin special.

Quasimoto – Closer (feat. MF Doom)

It’s a pretty awesome day when you spot a Madlib sample, I’m glad I could share it with you all.  Get that Quas album, and fuck it get that Doris album too.

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I got a real sweet phone call from Simon today letting me know he’d publicly endorsed this humble blog as a prime spot to listen to and learn about new (and old) music on the various social web zones he inhabits, and I think I might have gained a few new readers out of it!  Beautiful!  So I got home today and I was like “man I gotta do some kinda post for him to say thanks” but I couldn’t think of what to do.  So I was kinda flipping through the events of the day that I could remember, searching for inspiration, and this little article that Andrew showed me today came to mind.  It’s a collection of 10 Pimp C lyrics that “Will Make Your Momma Faint” in honor of today, which would have been Pimp’s 38th birthday (RIP).  So now I’m like “fuck, now I’ve gotta try to pay tribute to my everlasting homie Simon and at the same time honor the beyond legendary Pimp C at the same time??  This can’t be possilbe.”  But then it came to me.

See back in the day when me and Simon used to DJ on the regular at Turqoise (back when Turquoise existed), he used to throw on this 45 real frequently, and it just made me melt every damn time, I swear.

Aaron Neville – Hercules

I feel like that song could make anybody melt, personally, but it was especially effective on me because of this track, which has some killer verses and is produced by… who else?  Pimp C.

UGK – Chrome Plated Woman

So at the intersection of Pimp C and Simon Goetz lies Aaron Neville I guess.  Hm.  I guess that makes sense.  RIP Chad, long live Simon!

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This year on Christmas day I got a message from Reeve requesting some research into a sample he’d heard on a couple songs and wanted to know what the connection was.  Not that I need a super great reason to figure stuff like this out, it’s kinda what I do anyways (can you tell?) but Reeve was around during the time I was first getting into rap in the first place, so I felt extra motivated to figure this one out for him.  I mean I remember rapping Jay-Z and Ludacris and Biggie to each other on dance floors all over Norman back in those days every weekend, and those were some of the best times in my life for sure.  So here ya go, buddy.

The first track he mentioned was this one Oddisee‘s Odd Seasons series from a year or two ago.

Oddissee – Every Day People

That sample is a little chopped up and difficult to pin down, but the other song Reeve mentioned is much more cut and dried.

MF Doom – Orris Root Powder

Lucky for Reeve I stumbled across this original album maybe a year/year and a half ago and happened to remember spotting that very sample on it.  Funny how shit works out sometimes.

Arthur Verocai – Na Boca do Sol

And just cuz I love Reeve so much, I’m gonna give you a little bonus too. Here’s the next song on that MF Doom album.

MF Doom – Passion Flower

Aaaand here’s the song right before “Na Boca Do Sol” on that Arthur Verocai album.

Arthur Verocai – Seriado

There ya go dude, hope that satisfies your curiosity.  Anybody else got any requests…?

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This is one of those little details that I’ve thought about figuring out for a long time but never quite did, but now that I have this blog going, I’m a little more motivated to get to the bottom of things.  See there’s this sample that I’ve heard in tons of songs that is just one of those super simple, easily recognizable samples but it’s just so sweet that hearing it over and over in different songs doesn’t really get old to me.  I knew it was from this song called “Message From a Black Man”, but I didn’t know which version because the version I always had didn’t sound quite right.  So today I decided to do some research, and it turns out the song was originally written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong for the Temptations in 1969.  But when I listened to that version, it didn’t sound like the right version either.  A little more searching uncovered the version I’d been searching for.

The Whatnauts – Message from a Black Man

If you don’t already recognize this, check out what King Geedorah, RZA, and Nas do with this track.

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The Harlem Children’s Chorus – Black Christmas

(from this compilation)

Happy Holidays to everybody out there, I wish you all warmth of all kinds.



When I first started getting into Sade (see these posts for some of that history), one of the most common comments I’ve gotten from people about her is “Oh yeah, my mom really likes her.”  It’s funny that she’s such a big hit with the white moms around me, but also with some of my favorite rappers too.  I heard this new track from a Bay Area cat named Droop-E that makes a pretty obvious Sade reference, and it reminded me of this older Z-Ro song that I think does an even better job of reinterpreting it.

Z-Ro – Respect My Mind

Sade – Cherish the Day

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That’s a pretty perfect way to describe Freddie Gibbs, if you ask me.  I drove up to T-Town today to go hang out with my dad for a few days around Christmas, and on the way I finally got around to listening to Gibbs’s newest mixtape Cold Day In Hell all the way through.  It was definitely worth it.  I’ve been a huge fan of his since Matt first turned me on to Midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik and The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs a couple years back, and I’m really happy to see that he’s got himself a solid record deal now and is getting more and more attention all the time.  And he’s not lost a bit of his integrity either, he’s stayed very true to his style this whole time, and I was happy to hear even more evidence of that on Cold Day in Hell.

Anyway, I didn’t mean to ramble, what I wanted to hit you all with was this little connection I noticed when I was listening to that mixtape.  The third song on there has a title that I was already familiar with from a much earlier tune: “187 Proof”.  Maybe that’s a common term that gets used all the time, and I’m just too ignorant to not know about more than two instances, but here’s what I’ve got to offer.

Freddie Gibbs – 187 Proof

Spice 1 – 187 Proof

I’m in love with that Spice 1 video, and I also really like the slightly different meaning these two dudes ascribe to the term “187 Proof”: Freddie is asserting that he is immune to being murdered (187 is a common police code for homicide), but Spice has a whole running play on words throughout the song using names of different boozy drinks as names for characters in the story he’s spinning, so the “187 proof” for him is an extension of that wordplay (referencing the way of measuring alcohol content of liquor in “proof”).  Pretty cool.

Here’s a little bonus too.  That first line of the Spice 1 “187 Proof” gets referenced in the intro to an E-40 song a few years later, pretty hilariously.  The only video I could find that included that intro is this one, which also includes the entire song before it.  So the part I’m talking about doesn’t come in until 1:49.  But you should probably just go ahead and listen to the whole thing, you can’t really listen to too much E-40 I don’t think.

E-40 – Da Bumble

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The coolest thing happened the other day!  I posted this Rap Journey a couple days ago, and then out of nowhere I get this email from the producer of the song that got me started on the whole journey to begin with!  Crazy!  He hit me up to say thanks for writing about the song he produced (which is hot, by the way), and to let me know that he wasn’t intending to reference the Fabolous song that I pointed out used the same samples and stuff, he was actually unaware of it until reading my post.  He just heard that Commodores track that finishes up that post I did and wanted to make a beat about it.  This was like 5 years ago, according to him.  It seems clear that Mondre knew about the Fab version (as I mentioned in the original post, he quotes the lyrics from it at the very beginning), but EPMDenny wasn’t originally intending to remake that song, it was just a coincidence for him.  So I wanted to set the record straight with you all since he went out of his way to contact me about it, and to say thanks for reaching out to me and stuff I wanna post up my favorite EPMDenny production to date which is on Mondre’s newest mixtape.

MondreMAN – Belly of the Beast

Man I dig that beat.  Thanks a lot for reachin out to me man, shouts out to EPMDenny.  Go check out his music.  I feel like he’s goin places.

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Sometimes just putting my full music library on shuffle is the best fucking thing I could possibly do.

I downloaded this J. Period/John Legend/The Roots mixtape when it first came out this past February, but I must have just not listened to it at all, because when this track came up in my full library shuffle, I was taken very much by surprise.

J. Period, John Legend, & The Roots – Dillanor Rigby (feat. Blu, & Porn)

Why so surprised?  Well, I first heard that beat on a weird Jaylib bootleg from before Champion Sound came out (yeah, it’s a Dilla beat), and I always loved it but it only lasted for like a minute before going into a different song (fuckin bootlegs).  Then I totally went crazy when I first discovered this song.

Guilty Simpson – Stress

I definitely dig what all those dudes do up top, but to my ears, this Guilty Simpson version is THE version.  It’s seriously one of the most heart-wrenching rap songs I know of, and it’s even more real to me now having been through some of the things I’ve been through recently.  Shit hits me real hard.

John Legend kinda gave away a big hint as to the origins of the sample these two songs share in his version, and I wish I could post up the source but I can’t seem to find it anywhere on the internet!  Damn shame.  Luckily, I stumbled across the LP that it’s on in the Guestroom bargain bin for like $1 a couple years back, so if you every want to hear the synthed-out Walter Carlos version of Eleanor Rigby that this sample is taken from, just hit me up and we can hang out and listen to that record together sometime.  That sounds nice.

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This is a pretty funny song to post today I guess, cuz it’s been super dreary and rainy all day, but fuck it I just heard about this song and it made me real happy, so I’m gonna post it.

Twista – Sunshine (feat. Anthony Hamilton)

When I first heard this, my brain musta been taking a little vacation, cuz I couldn’t remember where the sample from this song came from for a minute, I really had to have it spelled out for me in that chorus.

Bill Withers – Lovely Day


I never noticed that Anthony Hamilton’s voice kinda sounds like Bill Withers until that outro part hit, kinda crazy…

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