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RAP JOURNEY #23 – FROM RAEKWON AND TEENA MARIE TO THE FUGEES

Raekwon recently compiled the tracks from his recent Throwback Thursday series into a nice little mixtape called “We Wanna Thank You“.  It’s nothing revolutionary really but still a nice listen, it’s pretty much 20 songs that will remind you of “Holla” by Ghostface except not quite as good.  Still, it’s nice to hear how true to himself Raekwon has stayed after over 20 years of rapping, and, as you’ll discover, you might just learn a little important rap history too.

Raekwon – Ooh La La La

The original is basically intact in the Raekwon version, but just for completeness sake, here’s a sweet Soul Train lip-sync performance in its entirety.

Teena Marie – Ooh La La

If you’ve followed my blog for a while (or even if you haven’t) then you probably know where I’m going with this.  I’ve posted this song here twice already, and it’s a little embarrassing that I’m just now learning this missing link.

 The Fugees – Fu-Gee-La

Better late than never.  Hopefully I didn’t bore  you all with this one, maybe there’s at least one reader out there that hasn’t already connected these dots.  If not, then my apologies, I promise the next one will be better.

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NOW THAT I ESCAPE, SLEEPWALKER AWAKE

This has to be the biggest coolness boost a song has received that I’ve come across since the whole Michael McDonald/”Regulators” discovery.

Enya – Boadicea

The Fugees – Ready or Not

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FIND ME IN MY MITSUBISHI EATIN’ SUSHI BUMPIN’ FUGEES

Happy birthday, Lauryn.

DJ Screw – The Fugees: Fu-Gee-La

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I FELT ALL FLUSHED WITH FEVER

Anybody remember wayyyy back to Rap Journey #2?  It all revolved around this little sitar-sounding sample that I’d spotted in a couple places, all of them very awesome.  Well today I got a little missing piece of that whole puzzle I was trying to put together in that post.  I was reading this interview with Jerry Wonder, who was the main producer for the amazing Fugees album The Score because this week marks the 16th anniversary of the release of that album, and he mentions how that sample I was talking about got used in “Killing Me Softly“.

Some idea came up where we just said “You know what, let’s see how we can create break beats.” And of course, we all love A Tribe Called Quest and we went in like “Okay, let’s cut that sample.” And that’s what we did.

So it definitely was not coincidental, The Fugees were just super into Tribe at the time and wanted to use some stuff they were using.  That’s cool to know, I think.  Check out the rest of that interview if you’re at all a fan of that album, there’s even more really interesting stuff he mentions in it (like Akon being involved?).

And if you’re not into that album, maybe you should watch this video and rethink your position.

The Fugees – Fu-Gee-La

 

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RAP JOURNEY #2 – FROM PACIFIC DIVISION TO ROTARY CONNECTION

Yeahh, another rap journey for y’all.  In case you missed the first one, these are all about tracking down influences and borrowings and samples through rap music, often ending up far outside the bounds of rap.  I ended up playin a couple of these songs last night at Soul Clap, and it reminded me of this journey I went on recently.  This one was made possible by Andrew, thanks buddy!

So Andrew sent me a link to this Pacific Division track (from a mixtape I assume) that he was feelin, and I thought it was pretty tight too, check it out.

Pacific Division – Put Me On

Many of you will recognize this beat from a while back, it was actually A Tribe Called Quest’s very first single: Bonita Applebum.  I’d heard the song plenty before, but I never thought to check out the video for it until I was gettin’ on this journey, and I was real glad I did.

A Tribe Called Quest – Bonita Applebum

Hahaha yeahh, MAD prophylactics.  But this journey’s not over.  Notice that little sitar-sounding-thing that pops in whenever the beat is about to loop back to the beginning?  You’ve heard that before too right….?

The Fugees – Killing Me Softly

Yeah you have.  But now comes the part you might not have picked up on.  I was lucky, my ear caught this one just a few days before Andrew sent me that message about the Pac Div song.  It was on this mixtape Flying Lotus made at the beginning of this past summer called Lovers Melt 2.  Pretty far out shit.

Rotary Connection – Memory Band

And that’s a rap journey y’all!  Dig it

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