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Man it’s crazy, this is the second post in a row where I stumbled across something new that relates directly to something I just wrote about on here.  First, it was finding out about The Roots and John Legend remaking the Donny Hathaway song I first wrote about back in Rap Journey #6, and then I just now watched this new MED video where the outro is taken directly from this Baby Huey song I just wrote about a couple days ago!  It feels like when you learn a new word, and then all of a sudden you see it all over the place, except with music…

M.E.D. – War & Love (feat. Oh No)

I must be in some kinda crazy alignment with some shit right now or somethin’.  It’s starting to freak me out a little bit.

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Some Journeys aren’t over when you think they are.

I spent quite a while back on Rap Journey #6 tracking down the sample that I’d heard on several very different rap songs over the years, and I put quite a few different versions on there, and I thought I’d wrapped up my connections with the Donny Hathaway song I eventually tracked it down to.  But then, when Mike Allen reminded me of this John Legend/Roots album that came out a little over a year ago in the comments to this post, I stumbled across this track.

John Legend & The Roots – Little Ghetto Boy

Trent’s been bugging me to get that album for months now, and I’ve meant to but I just kept forgetting over and over again.  I’m glad I finally got the little push at the right time that I needed to just get it, because it looks like it’s gonna be pretty awesome.  Thanks guys!

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Sometimes just putting my full music library on shuffle is the best fucking thing I could possibly do.

I downloaded this J. Period/John Legend/The Roots mixtape when it first came out this past February, but I must have just not listened to it at all, because when this track came up in my full library shuffle, I was taken very much by surprise.

J. Period, John Legend, & The Roots – Dillanor Rigby (feat. Blu, & Porn)

Why so surprised?  Well, I first heard that beat on a weird Jaylib bootleg from before Champion Sound came out (yeah, it’s a Dilla beat), and I always loved it but it only lasted for like a minute before going into a different song (fuckin bootlegs).  Then I totally went crazy when I first discovered this song.

Guilty Simpson – Stress

I definitely dig what all those dudes do up top, but to my ears, this Guilty Simpson version is THE version.  It’s seriously one of the most heart-wrenching rap songs I know of, and it’s even more real to me now having been through some of the things I’ve been through recently.  Shit hits me real hard.

John Legend kinda gave away a big hint as to the origins of the sample these two songs share in his version, and I wish I could post up the source but I can’t seem to find it anywhere on the internet!  Damn shame.  Luckily, I stumbled across the LP that it’s on in the Guestroom bargain bin for like $1 a couple years back, so if you every want to hear the synthed-out Walter Carlos version of Eleanor Rigby that this sample is taken from, just hit me up and we can hang out and listen to that record together sometime.  That sounds nice.

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A while back, this Sly and the Family Stone tribute album came out called Different Strokes By Different Folks, and it basically consisted of a bunch of modern-day artists covering, sampling, and generally re-working a bunch of old Sly Stone songs.  Like most albums of this type, it gets a little weird at times, but overall I’ve always been pretty into it.  I hadn’t thought about it much for a while though until Trent sent me this video, which is just beautiful.

The Roots – Star

That one’s probably the song on that album that’s least like the original, but they really keep the concept intact and bring it to the present day, and I think they do a damn good job of it.  And that video really seals the deal, in my opinion, and I had no idea it existed until today.  Thanks Trent!

I just wish the reworking of “Runnin’ Away” from that album got a video too, cuz it’s one of my favorite Sly and the Family Stone songs, and it’s definitely my favorite track on that tribute album.

Big Boi – Runnin’ Away (feat. Sleepy Brown & Killer Mike)

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Today at work Matt was rockin the The Harder They Come soundtrack, which is always a sure-fire way to brighten my spirits, and was much appreciated.  Then, to my surprise, when I got home I found out that Jimmy Cliff was actually on Jimmy Fallon just last night performing none other than “The Harder They Come” along with “World Upside Down” from a new album he’s putting out!  I just couldn’t believe the synchronicity of that, so I figured I should share it with you all.

There’s no way for me to embed the live videos on here yet, so I’ll put up the original version taken from the film down below, but click the links above to see the Jimmy Fallon performances, seriously.  It’s amazing to see him in the present day, backed by The Roots no less.  Very moving.

Jimmy Cliff – Harder They Come

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