Monthly Archives: January 2014


In honor of the release of “The @MCTREEG EP” today, I want to start a new series I’m calling Bare Minimum.  I think when you hear track one, you’ll understand why.

Tree – Probably Nu It

I didn’t think anyone could still innovate the drum machine + vocals form, but Tree really does it here.  I also like how melodically the 808 is being used now, probably thanks to Mike Will‘s work.  Not every post in this series will use 808s, or even drum machines necessarily, because there are other great ways vocals can be accompanied by raw percussion, but you can guarantee there will be nothing but drums and voice in the following posts.  Stay tuned for Part 2.



 The Field – Violence, Hip Hop, & Hope for Chicago

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Wow I guess this is pretty old but it’s only just now crossing my path, probably because it’s doesn’t appear on any of his mixtapes.

Big K.R.I.T. – Somedayz

I think this might be the first time I’ve seen a rap video that takes place in the back of a moving pickup truck.  This also might be the first time I’ve heard K.R.I.T. rap over a beat he didn’t produce.  How do I know he didn’t produce it?  A couple reasons, first of all because it’s also on this mixtape that was at least a couple years before K.R.I.T.’s first big one.

Freddi Gibbs – How We Do

And in case that’s not enough evidence to convince you that this isn’t K.R.I.T.’s beat, here’s where the beat originated: in a song from when he was 7 years old.

Souls of Mischief – 93 ‘Til Infinity

If you’re like me though and need to know the deepest origins, they actually start coincidentally the same year that 3 of the 4 members of Souls of Mischief were born, 1974.

Billy Cobham – Heather

I know that one’s kinda subtle, but listen close a little after the 2:00 mark and you’ll hear it.  The sax part is from a little later, after the 3:15 mark or so.

I like ones like this that touch every part of the map.  You’ve got the original, which was recorded at Electric Lady in New York City, then sampled 20 years later by some kids all the way across the country in Oakland, and then picked up almost 20 more years after that by young rappers from Gary, Indiana and Meridian, Mississippi.  The dopeness lives on.

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