Monthly Archives: January 2012


Damn, stars must be aligned in the Madlib galaxy this past week, cuz I just stumbled across ANOTHER little nugget from a Madlib production.  This one’s just a little snippet, but totally unmistakeable.  I had no idea where that vocal sample came from at the beginning of this track, or even what the words being said were.

Madvillain – Supervillain Theme

Now I know both!

Just-Ice – Cold Gettin’ Dumb

Not only that, but if you go a little further into that Just-Ice album, there’s another little snippet sample that pops up in the MF Doom track I talked about in this post!

Just-Ice – Latoya

There are actually even more notable moments from that same Just-Ice album that I wanna talk about, but I’m gonna hit you with ’em in another installment, I feel like that’s enough for one day’s worth.  Stay tuned!

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It’s a dear friend’s birthday today, and I wanted to toss up a tune he’d dig.  He’s got an appreciation for rap for sure, but he’s a jazz man deep down, so here’s a song I know will pull on his little heart strings.  Love you buddy.

Billie Holiday – Solitude



Dang, I’ve been writing about Madlib a lot lately, so seems appropriate that I should share this one with you all now.  I actually wrote this a little while ago, but I don’t like to have too many Rap Journeys right in a row, seems better to spread em out a little.  So here ya go!

I’m sure you can imagine my excitement writing this post after how giddy I was about figuring out a Madlib sample back in this post.  This one’s even more crazy and involved than that one was, and I’m pretty pumped about bringing it to y’all.

This is one I’ve been curious about for a while, and it took a little encouragement from ol’ Mike Allen to get my off my ass and actually figure this shit out, and I’m glad he did.  See we’re both real big Madlib fans, and so we’ve both put in plenty of time listening to the Beat Konducta series he’s put out over the years.  I remember being at Amber’s house getting things set up for Trent and Sammi’s wedding and this album was playing while me and Mike (and like 15 other people) were doing God knows what trying get everything ready in time.

Madlib the Beat Konducta – Understanding (Comprehension)

Man, that beat feels so nice.  But like most Malib stuff, I don’t hold out much hope of finding where that shit came from, that dude’s got records I could only dream of hearing, much less owning.  But then two years later, this Q-Tip album came out, and besides being just an awesome album, it made me think that Understanding sample might be a little more attainable than I once thought.

Q-Tip – Gettin’ Up

But like I said, laziness and forgetfulness took hold of me and I never took the time to get to the bottom of this connection.  I could tell Q-Tip didn’t just grab a chunk of that Madlib sample, Tip’s version of the sample is a little bit longer and just sounds different, so I figured he must have gone to the source to use it.  Then when Mike heard this Wiz Khalifa track, he decided to hit me up and see if I knew where it came from cuz it was showing up all over the place now.

Black Ivory – You and I

It took 5 years of being lazy before I took just a few minutes to track down this sample, but I did it.  Thanks for making it possible, Mike!  Here’s a bonus for you to make up for my sluggish research pace on this, I checked out that Black Ivory album and found this track.

Black Ivory – I Keep Asking You Questions

Which, 23 years later, birthed this classic.

Raekwon – Criminology (feat. Ghostface Killah)

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This song was floating around in my head for a while yesterday at work for some reason.  It totally wasn’t because any of my friends were coming anywhere close to betraying me or anything like that, my friends are still totally awesome, I think just the mood of it was where I was at for a while.

Diana Ross & the Supremes – Keep an Eye

A lot of you will recognize this from the first installment of the Madlib Beat Konducta series.  He does some pretty cool shit with it.

Madlib the Beat Konducta – Friends (Foes)

I feel really lucky I’ve never experienced the kind of situation these songs reference.  I don’t know if I’m just really good at picking who I’m friends with, or if I’ve just been lucky, or if I live in a certain time, place, and social position where those kinds of betrayals just aren’t very common. It’s hard to say, and maybe it’s a combination of those.  But from what I can tell from listening to blues, soul, funk, and rap music, it seems like that kinda shit is happening all the time to a whole lot of other people, so I’m really thankful to all my friends for not being that way.  Y’all are the best, for real.

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Last night I was re-listening to Big K.R.I.T.‘s first big mixtape K.R.I.T. Wuz Here for the first time in a while, and I got reminded of this track that I somehow forgot about.  If I remember right, this was the first song that really caught my ears on that tape and made me want to listen more.  I guess I just got a little caught up in loving his newer shit and forgot about this older stuff.  I’m glad I remembered though.

Big K.R.I.T. – Viktorious

And if this is the first you’re seeing of this Let The Beat Build series, then check out all the previous entries here.



I know weird rap is not a new thing, but the internet is making it way more possible for all the serious weirdos making rap videos out there to reach a broad audience.  It’s interesting because in a lot of ways, mainstream rap has moved more and more towards the opposite extreme of being ultra marketable to the point of some new videos looking more like commercials than music videos, but on the other hand the underground is moving farther and farther into the opposite extreme to ultra niche appeal territory.  It’s cool to watch, I’m enjoying both extremes pretty equally to be real honest.

Here are a few of those slightly more bizarre videos that I’ve stumbled across lately.  This first one I just saw for the first time today, and inspired me to put this post together.  Get ready to get weird.

Zebra Katz – Ima Read (feat. Njena Reddd Foxxx)

Flatbush Zombies – Thug Waffle

Kool Keith – The Game is Free (feat. Megabone)

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Remember when this video came out right after we screened “Do the Right Thing” on the coffee shop patio?  Well they got a new video from that same album that just came out, and while it’s not quite as amazing or serendipitous as that first one was, it’s still definitely worth watching if for no other reason than the cute kids dancing throughout it.

Nappy Roots – Pete Rose (feat. Khujo Goodie)

The other cool thing about this video is the appearance of Khujo on the track, he’s definitely one of my favorite Dungeon Family dudes, so I always like it when he makes an appearance.  It’s also cool that he happens to be making reference to an earlier track of his from back when he was with Goodie Mob (or maybe he still is, I’m not sure if Goodie Mob is still a thing or not) that has an absolutely killer video.  Definitely one of my favorite Goodie Mob songs.

Goodie Mob – Cell Therapy

I’ve been waiting for an excuse to post that video for a while honestly, I’m glad a video came out for that Nappy Roots song so I could bring that one to light for y’all.  It should come as no surprise that it came from the group that coined the term “Dirty South”.

Goodie Mob – Dirty South (feat. Big Boi)

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Today was real excellent.  I climbed a mountain, uncovered animal remains in the sand, ate a burger at least 8 inches in diameter, and I bought a new shirt!  And in between all of those things, I basked in quite a few friendly tunes in Andrew’s Camry while Wills navigated us through central Oklahoma.  I couldn’t have asked for a better day really.

One cool thing that did happen that actually pertains to this blog is we listened to Beck’s album Guero, which I haven’t spent very much time with to be real honest, but really enjoyed on this trip.  I’m always surprised by how much I actually do like Beck when I hear him, I kinda always forget until it’s on and then I’m like “aw dude…”  But yeah when this song came on, it reminded me of stumbling across a sample that’s used in it a couple years ago.

Beck – Hell Yes

Ohio Players – Far East Mississippi

Fun fact:  for a long time, I had this Ohio Players song the default ringtone on my phone.  See if you can guess which part.  Shouldn’t be too hard.

Ohio Players – Funky Worm

Don’t fight the feelin’!

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Just a quick follow-up on Rap Journey #11 – I got around to checkin’ out that Project Pat album tonight, and this song rubs me in the rightest of right ways.

Project Pat – Choices

And it comes from a damn lovely place, I might add.

The Impressions – Choice of Colors


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Well, it was bound to happen sometime.  I usually try to do at least some minimal fact-checking on my posts to make sure I present you all with true shit, but I’m embarrassed to admit that I made a mistake in this post where I delve into some different versions of Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “Walk On By”.  It turns out it was this version that was borrowed for Dilla’s “Walkinonit”, not the Dionne Warwick version as my original post claimed.  I’ve updated the previous post, correcting the error, but for anybody who’s already read the incorrect version, I wanna set the record straight.

The Undisputed Truth – Walk On By

Deepest thanks to Mike Allen for his fact-checking prowess.  Leave it to that dude.

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