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Dang, I’ve been writing about Madlib a lot lately, so seems appropriate that I should share this one with you all now.  I actually wrote this a little while ago, but I don’t like to have too many Rap Journeys right in a row, seems better to spread em out a little.  So here ya go!

I’m sure you can imagine my excitement writing this post after how giddy I was about figuring out a Madlib sample back in this post.  This one’s even more crazy and involved than that one was, and I’m pretty pumped about bringing it to y’all.

This is one I’ve been curious about for a while, and it took a little encouragement from ol’ Mike Allen to get my off my ass and actually figure this shit out, and I’m glad he did.  See we’re both real big Madlib fans, and so we’ve both put in plenty of time listening to the Beat Konducta series he’s put out over the years.  I remember being at Amber’s house getting things set up for Trent and Sammi’s wedding and this album was playing while me and Mike (and like 15 other people) were doing God knows what trying get everything ready in time.

Madlib the Beat Konducta – Understanding (Comprehension)

Man, that beat feels so nice.  But like most Malib stuff, I don’t hold out much hope of finding where that shit came from, that dude’s got records I could only dream of hearing, much less owning.  But then two years later, this Q-Tip album came out, and besides being just an awesome album, it made me think that Understanding sample might be a little more attainable than I once thought.

Q-Tip – Gettin’ Up

But like I said, laziness and forgetfulness took hold of me and I never took the time to get to the bottom of this connection.  I could tell Q-Tip didn’t just grab a chunk of that Madlib sample, Tip’s version of the sample is a little bit longer and just sounds different, so I figured he must have gone to the source to use it.  Then when Mike heard this Wiz Khalifa track, he decided to hit me up and see if I knew where it came from cuz it was showing up all over the place now.

Black Ivory – You and I

It took 5 years of being lazy before I took just a few minutes to track down this sample, but I did it.  Thanks for making it possible, Mike!  Here’s a bonus for you to make up for my sluggish research pace on this, I checked out that Black Ivory album and found this track.

Black Ivory – I Keep Asking You Questions

Which, 23 years later, birthed this classic.

Raekwon – Criminology (feat. Ghostface Killah)

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This song was floating around in my head for a while yesterday at work for some reason.  It totally wasn’t because any of my friends were coming anywhere close to betraying me or anything like that, my friends are still totally awesome, I think just the mood of it was where I was at for a while.

Diana Ross & the Supremes – Keep an Eye

A lot of you will recognize this from the first installment of the Madlib Beat Konducta series.  He does some pretty cool shit with it.

Madlib the Beat Konducta – Friends (Foes)

I feel really lucky I’ve never experienced the kind of situation these songs reference.  I don’t know if I’m just really good at picking who I’m friends with, or if I’ve just been lucky, or if I live in a certain time, place, and social position where those kinds of betrayals just aren’t very common. It’s hard to say, and maybe it’s a combination of those.  But from what I can tell from listening to blues, soul, funk, and rap music, it seems like that kinda shit is happening all the time to a whole lot of other people, so I’m really thankful to all my friends for not being that way.  Y’all are the best, for real.

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Today me, Wills, and Matt took full advantage of the Cici’s $3.49 pizza buffet (with salad bar) happy hour special, and somehow we could still move afterward, so me and Wills hit up a few thrift stores around town to see what we could get ahold of on the cheap.  He found an $0.89 skateboard; I found this record.

Love Unlimited – Say it Again

This group is one of the best ideas in music history maybe: get Barry White’s backup singers (which consisted of his ladyfriend, her sister, and her cousin) to make their own album, but still have everything written and produced by Barry White.  I mean I already love Barry White’s music, but hearing his style and sound through female voices is a real beautiful thing, as a dude.

And you Madlib heads out there probably recognize this from  “Another Batch (Play it Again)” from the Beat Konducta Vol. 6 album.  I wanted to post that song up here so bad because I was really excited to find the original, but I can’t find it in the tubes anywhere.  You can get a sample of it if you click on that link for the album though, and that album is totally worth your time and money to listen to, it’s a strong one.

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