RAP JOURNEY #21 – FROM BIG K.R.I.T. TO BILLY COBHAM

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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One thought on “RAP JOURNEY #21 – FROM BIG K.R.I.T. TO BILLY COBHAM

  1. rebmarebma says:

    Ohhh MAn I love this journey. Definitely b/c I love k.r.i.t., but I also love all incarnations of this beat! thanks.

    did you notice the super high frequencies on the souls of mischief & freddi gibbs versions? sounds like car brakes, it’s way up there, and throughout both.

    Also, do you have a collection of rap/hiphop/rnb videos in nature? that souls of mischief one is pretty killer. And then there was that brandy one in the woods:

    & lil b’s got somethin right?

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