Archive for the ‘Know Your Samples’ Category


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.




I’ve admittedly been sleeping on Rae’s “Throwback Thursday” series. This week, Rae goes back to 1980 to join Sylvia Striplin’s 1980 dance anthem “Give Me Your Love.” Rae adds a verse, but mostly lets this one ride out.