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.