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I didn’t come back to California with many souvenirs, but I can never resist picking up a few bargain bin records when I come across them.  I snagged up a copy of Peter Tosh‘s Legalize It that turned out to be too warped to play except for the inner bands of each side (that one was free), and the other one was this, which I would have bought based on the cover alone, even if I had no idea who Minnie Ripperton was.

Minnie Ripperton – Inside My Love

I had some time to just sit back and listen to this record the other day and I was really feelin’ it, and then that break a little after the 3:00 mark came in and I got that aural double-take brain zap that I’m all too familiar with at this point.  This one was especially interesting because I could immediately think of two places where that almost identical sample were used, but I never put together that both of those songs came from the same place until I heard the original.

Busta Rhymes – You Can’t Hold the Torch (feat. Q-Tip)

Electric Wire Hustle – Perception

God I just want to be that bassline in “Perception”, I could just listen to that forever.  I’ve listened to both of these songs so many times, and yes, that Electric Wire Hustle track has the sample playing backwards, but it still seems super obvious now that I’ve heard where they came from.  I also never guessed that the super high-pitched sound that sustains almost all the way through both of these songs is actually Minnie Ripperton’s vocal, she can definitely hit them high notes.

A little deeper digging uncovered a wealth of songs that share this same inspiration as well.  Everybody from Freddie Gibbs to Aaliyah to A Tribe Called Quest to Pharcyde to Killah Priest to 2Pac to Slum Village has used this same little snippet.  Kind of amazing.  I had no idea I was picking up such a significant piece of rap history when I dropped that $0.99 at the Goodwill in Sausalito.  Crazy.

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Over the past few days, I discovered a whole slew of pretty awesome new Mary J. Blige songs with features from Beyonce, Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, and (most importantly for this post) Nas.  I did a big time double take when the beat for this one kicked in.

Mary J. Blige – Feel Inside (feat. Nas)

Because I’ve listened to this song…… maybe like a jillion times?

Wu-Tang Clan – Triumph

Man that video rules.  I haven’t been able to track down an original sample for that song, which makes me think that maybe RZA just recorded that shit using synths and stuff and whoever produced that Mary J./Nas track just sampled that for their beat.  Could be wrong though, feel free to school me if you’ve got the knowledge I don’t.  Keep a look out for that new Mary J. Blige album too, I think it comes out in just a couple days and it sounds pretty tight to me so far.

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Damn, schooled again.

I’d just posted up what I thought was a complete discovery yesterday involving the original sample from Busta Rhymes’s “Woo Ha“, but I very soon got an email from Amber thoroughly schooling me on that sample, letting me know about 2 other songs that use it that I had NO idea about.  Wow.  Thanks, Amber!

Snoop Dogg – Loosen Control (feat. Butch Cassidy)

Faith Evans – I Just Can’t

So to redeem myself for letting these crucial tracks slip by, I buckled down and found that MF Doom song that samples the bridge section of that same song that I was talking about not being able to think of in my previous post.

MF Doom – Elder Blossoms

Man I’m liking this, I’m learning so much from you all!  The past 2 Rap Journeys have come from readers, that rules.  Keep it up!

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I saw today that Complex did a 25 Loudest Rappers Ever list, and usually I don’t like thinking about things in ranked list form, but I’ve been listening to a bunch of Waka Flocka lately and I was just curious about where they ranked him on there (because there’s no way he could be left off that list).  Turns out they put him at #5, which I can’t really argue with.  I mean that’s higher up than 2Pac, ODB, and MOP.  Not bad.

Anyway, what I actually wanted to write about was this:  they put Busta Rhymes in there, unsurprisingly, and the song they mentioned was (as I’m sure you guessed by the title of this post) “Woo Hah!” which I hadn’t listened to in a reeeeal long time, and re-listening to it made me wonder if I could find out where the sample in that beat is from.

Galt MacDermot – Space


I feel like the bridge section at right around the 1:00 mark is in an MF Doom beat somewhere too, but I’ll be damned if I can think of where it’s at.  Anybody?

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