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Music fans the world over were saddened by Thursday’s news on the passing of Main Ingredient lead singer Cuba Gooding Sr. Today, we here at BeatsBoxingMayhem salute the man and his legacy by highlighting his group’s most important samples in Hip-Hop.


Formed in Harlem in 1964, the group originally featured a lineup of Donald McPheron (lead singer), Luther Simmons Jr. and Tony Silvester. The trio went through several names changes (The Poets, The Insiders) before settling on The Main Ingredient in 1968, picking a name inspired by the label of a Coke bottle.

After bouncing around a few labels, the group began making noise in 1970 with the Top 30 hit “You’ve Been My Inspiration.” The song powered the group’s debut project LTD. Decades later, the album cut “Magic Shoes” found new life as the opening sounds of the classic Main Source 1992 single “Fakin’ the Funk,” and Little Brother’s “On the Way.”




9th Wonder continued digging in the trio’s catalogue and chopped up the beginning of “Baby Change Your Mind,” off their third album Black Seeds.




Success was soon mired by immense tragedy in 1971 when lead singer Don McPherson died from leukemia. Gooding Sr., who had previously sung background vocals for the group, was selected as the replacement to accompany Luther Simmons and Tony Silvester.

The decision had immediate dividends with their biggest hit in “Everybody Plays the Fool.” The song hit #2 on the R&B chart and #3 on pop, powering the album Bitter Sweet for their first Top 10 project. Emcees such as Heavy D, Memphis Bleek and Kool G Rap would create drastically different songs with the original’s easygoing production.





The next album, Afrodisiac, is notable for recruiting a powerhouse writing and production team that included George Clinton and Stevie Wonder. For Hip-Hop fans, the track “Something ‘Bout Love” is most notable for providing the backdrop to the Fugees’ “Cowboys.”



1974’s Euphrates River produced the platinum single “Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely.” The heavy opening bassline would be tweaked by Eminem for his “Mosh” single.


Producer Easy Mo Bee would combine the opening seconds from “California My Way” and a fleeting but recurring melody from “Summer Breeze” (9 second mark) for Ready To Die’s “Things Done Changed.”




In 1975, the group released the album Shame On the World and caught the ear of Alchemist and Kanye West on “Let Me Prove My Love to You.” The former focused on the 13 second mark to craft “The First to Drop a Beat…,” while Ye hit up the 1:46 portion to give Alicia Keys one of her most soulful records.




Main Ingredient would record five more albums over the next 30 years, the last being 2001’s Pure Magic. Gooding would also release 3 solo albums. We here at BeatsBoxingMayhem send our condolences to the Gooding family. The music and legacy lives on.





The group known as Mandrill is no stranger the sampling. The multi-faceted band, formed in 1968, have seen their work utilized from dozens of Hip-Hop artists dating back to the artform’s inception in the late 70s. With their combination of funk, salsa, blues and soul, Mandrill’s sound is equally at home with conscious and street emcees.

The late Shawty Lo, who tragically passed away yesterday in a car accident, had his biggest commercial hit when producer Balis Beats sampled Mandrill’s “Children of the Sun,” off their sophomore 1972 album Mandrill Is.




Fresh off a well-received collaborative album with Apollo Brown, Rapper Big Pooh’s encore will be a project entirely produced by Grammy award-winning boardsmith Nottz. Their first salvo uses Minnie Riperton’s “Memory Lane” as a backdrop. No word yet on a release date or title. The duo is off to a very promising start…


No one is above petty Twitter beef. Early this morning, Cheryl Lynn of “Got To Be Real” fame went after fellow legend Anita Baker for blocking her on Twitter. According to Lynn, the two had been friendly for decades until recently. Lynn claims Baker abruptly cut off contact, but of course we know there’s two sides to every story. The irony is seeing their older fans taking sides and throwing insults no differently than you see teenagers do.

Everyone’s singing voices change with age, so Lynn’s jabs about Baker’s current voice and being able to blow her off stage in a face-off is possible — maybe even likely based on their vocal styles. However, we know who holds the edge when it comes to catalogue.

Read the tweets and get a good laugh to start your day. And if you don’t think this is Hip-Hop, check some of the samples below.








Earlier this week, Drake shocked the music world with the release of his fourth mixtape, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. One of the standout songs is “Jungle,” a track that finds Drake struggling with whether he’s able to emotionally handle a long-term, committed relationship. The sample is a slow-churning groove accompanied by the subdued musings of soul artist Gabriel Garzon Montano, a New York native who’s recently been on tour with Lenny Kravitz and released his debut, Bishoune: Alma Del Huila, last year. The album opens with the below song entitled “6 8.”


And here is Drake’s version, as heard through the production lenses of Noah “40” Shebib.


Kendrick Lamar – “I”

Posted: September 23, 2014 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Know Your Samples, Music News
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Kendrick Lamar is back with “I,” the first single off his still untitled sophomore album. Most music fans will immediately recognize the Isley Brothers sample of “Who’s That Lady.” The lyrical content revolves around loving and believing in yourself despite the desolate nature of the world surrounding us (“the world is a ghetto…”).

The song structure features an instrumental breakdown/jam session in the final minute. Overall, you get the feel of an album cut that Outkast might have done in their heyday. Make no mistake — this will not blow you away or come off as a triumphant first single. For now, we’ll just have to remember the excellent good kidd m.A.A.d. city and have faith this track fits into the grand scheme of K-dot’s second album concept.




A new M.O.P. album is in the works! To whet your appetite, the Mash Out Posse enlists DJ Premier for scratch chorus duties to flesh out Fizzy Womack’s production. And you can’t go wrong with a Tears for Fears sample.

Credit due to Cash & Marvelous, whose 1988 track “Ugly People Be Quiet” was the first song I can recall that sampled this gem.