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.