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RAP JOURNEY #21 – FROM GUCCI MANE TO CURTIS MAYFIELD

If you haven’t picked up Gucci Mane‘s newest tape, “Trap God”, you probably should.  You can get it free from basically anywhere on the internet legitimately for free, or you can pay $9.99 on iTunes, I guess it just depends on how generous you’re feeling?  Or how important it is for you to own the one bonus track on the iTunes version?  I’m not quite sure what the strategy is there.  But putting all that aside, it really is a nice listen.  I feel like I actually hear some moments where Gucci is taking a little influence from Waka Flocka on his hooks, and Flocka himself appears several times on the tape prominently sporting the flow I mentioned back in this post.  The production is really interesting too, there’s considerably less ruckus and harshness in the tones used across the board than what I’ve grown accustomed to hearing from Gucci, and the tape as a whole comes off sounding more like a stream of fluid than a blast of hot sand, which some of his recent efforts have felt like to me (not necessarily in a bad way).

One song in particular caught my attention for purposes of this blog though since it’s got a pretty rich history that’s really worth tracing.  I definitely learned a few things following it.

Gucci Mane – That’s That (feat. Kevin McCall)

The first time I ever heard Jay Rock, another rapper who, like Gucci, isn’t usually found rapping over upbeat major key soul samples, it was on this song that should sound strikingly familiar after hearing “That’s That“.

Jay Rock – All My Life (feat. Lil’ Wayne & Will.I.Am)

While tracing the source of both of these surprising pairings, I came across this much older track from 2Pac‘s one-album group Thug Life that actually uses the same song that “That’s That” and “All My Life” use, but a different section and to a much different effect.

Thug Life – Stay True

So where did it all start?  I don’t think many sample-hunters will be shocked to find that this song springs from the same artist that so many other upbeat hip-hop samples have come from over the decades.

Curtis Mayfield – Just Want To Be With You

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FOR THE GOOD TIMES (PART 5)

I’ve always thought that watching Curtis Mayfield perform doesn’t look much different than somebody doing Curtis Mayfield karaoke.  I feel like his glasses are always kinda crooked, he kinda moves funny, and the way his mouth moves when he sings just doesn’t line up at all with how beautiful and smooth his actual voice is.  I always really enjoy watching it though, and I like the points he brings up in his interview.  It’s good to be reminded that all the themes that are in modern black music have been there for a real long time, and artists are still dealing with the same problems and misconceptions from decades ago.  Thanks for being who you are, Curtis.

Curtis Mayfield – Superfly

Oh!  Remember this one from a couple months back??  See, I told you his issues are still playing out in modern times.

Curtis Mayfield – Pusherman

 

 

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HERE I GO WITH A STEADY FLOW, FINALLY AT LAST

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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CAN’T REASON WITH THE PUSHERMAN

We just got done with another sweet outdoor movie at the coffee shop, this time we showed Friday (yeah I know it’s Wednesday, so what?), which I’ve already seen a bunch, but I never noticed until this time the sweet placement of this Curtis Mayfield song at one point in the movie.  There’s this kinda montage scene where Craig and Smokey are trying to plan out what they’re gonna do if Big Worm shows up, it’s right before when that girl that Smokey is supposed to hook up with shows up.  Yeah, the bald-headed one.  Dig it.

Curtis Mayfield – Little Child Runnin’ Wild

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