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Ever since I Came From Nothing 2 came out there’s been a single tiny office inside my brain with one little clerk patiently yet diligently searching for the follow-up to “Keep In Touch“.

Young Thug – Keep In Touch

It’s not that it’s my favorite Thug track ever or that it’s even a crucial song-type that he needs to master to round out his oeuvre, it just stuck out so much on that tape that’s so full of cacophonic wildness that I couldn’t help but hold out just a shred of hope that he’d make another song with that special kind of carefree playfulness usually reserved for Biz Markie or Fatlip.  Behold!  And over a Temptations sample no less.

Young Thug – No Games

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This one has a lot going for it.  This song is just amazing on its own, I’ve always been a huge fan of it.  Then you’ve got the moves happening onstage, which are really beyond perfect.  I love seeing the different dudes step up to the mic to do their various solo parts, you get to see a face and a little bit of body language and personality with each section which I think really deepens the experience of the song, and then you’ve got the powerful move of all of them stepping up to the mics to do the chorus parts.  Gives me shivers.  THEN, you’ve got the crazy freeze-frame moves going on among the Soul Train dancers!  That shit’s crazy!  I don’t even care that this is a total lip-synch performance, it’s still got so much power and energy, I love it.

The Temptations – Papa Was A Rolling Stone

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a Don Cornelius interview with The Temptations on the internet anywhere, so you just get a bonus song by them instead.  I think Eddie Kendricks has braces in this one!

The Temptations – Plastic Man

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This is one of those little details that I’ve thought about figuring out for a long time but never quite did, but now that I have this blog going, I’m a little more motivated to get to the bottom of things.  See there’s this sample that I’ve heard in tons of songs that is just one of those super simple, easily recognizable samples but it’s just so sweet that hearing it over and over in different songs doesn’t really get old to me.  I knew it was from this song called “Message From a Black Man”, but I didn’t know which version because the version I always had didn’t sound quite right.  So today I decided to do some research, and it turns out the song was originally written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong for the Temptations in 1969.  But when I listened to that version, it didn’t sound like the right version either.  A little more searching uncovered the version I’d been searching for.

The Whatnauts – Message from a Black Man

If you don’t already recognize this, check out what King Geedorah, RZA, and Nas do with this track.

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Chris was really rockin my world today at work playing Diana Ross records for like half of my shift, it was so awesome.  One of the songs that stuck out to me today was that song she did with The Temptations called “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me”, and it stuck out to me because it reminded me of this other version that I heard one time where she sings it with Stevie Wonder instead, and I think I might like the Stevie version even better (no disrespect to The Temptations of course, ever).   Plus this video is just awesome to watch.

Diana Ross & Stevie Wonder – I’m Gonna Make You Love Me

I also just found out that the original version of the song was recorded by Dionne Warwick’s sister Dee Dee Warwick, and that both of them are cousins with Whitney Houston!  Who knew?

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