RAP JOURNEY #15 – FROM MONICA TO DILLA

I just wanna say right off the bat that Amber hooked me up with every step of this journey, I did some very sparse research to hook it all together, but the real work was all done for me.  So  hats off to her for this, it’s a good one.

It started with her gettin’ curious about this Monica jam from back in ’95, when she was only 14 years old!

Monica – Don’t Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days)

She did some lookin’ around and found out that it used some elements from a couple songs, one a little more recent than the other.

LL Cool J – Back Seat

The Detroit Emeralds – You’re Getting A Little Too Smart

Now if you listen close to the drum beat in that Detroit Emeralds song, you might just recognize it from more than a couple other tunes from around that same time as the Monica song.

Raekwon – Incarcerated Scarfaces

Common – The Light

The Light” isn’t the only place Dilla used that drum beat in his production, it’s in this Slum Village track as well.

Slum Village – Climax

Just like that Minnie Ripperton eye-opener from a little while back, this is another good example of a bunch of songs that I’ve listened to bunches of times but somehow I never put together that they shared some common ancestry until I heard the song that they were all pulled from.  It’s especially surprising that I never noticed this because “The Light” has probably one of my favorite drum loops of all time, it just totally takes me over the second it starts.  But I needed somebody to walk me through realizing that all these other songs that I listen to all the time use those same drums.  Thanks for the illumination, as always, Amber.

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3 thoughts on “RAP JOURNEY #15 – FROM MONICA TO DILLA

  1. Mike Allen says:

    I love all of this! The Climax beat sounds a bit different than the rest though. I think it’s the same sample, but Dilla chopped it up some and added a few effects, like the clap on the snare, and the high hat hits are closer together. Very nice job Amber!

    Also, this isn’t the only time Dilla and the Detroit Emeralds have crossed paths. Hehehe…

  2. […] Mike just took that last Rap Journey one step further.  To quote the man himself: “this isn’t the only time Dilla and the […]

  3. […] good pal Sarah laid this one out for me (I love it when that happens), I put in no effort of my own into this whatsoever, so I gotta give credit where it’s due.  […]

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