Posts Tagged ‘samples’


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.





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.



Now that the majority of you reading this have been made to feel extremely old by the 20th anniversary tag in the title, now onto the good news. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of his classic debut Doggystyle (11/23/93), Snoop Dogg has assembled a mix of all the samples used in making the project. Ranging from Curtis Mayfield and Funakdelic to Isaac Hayes and Santana, this mix puts into perspective how this album bridged generations of funk and soul into one project.

Also check out the behind the scenes feature after the drop.



RIP: Donald Byrd 1932-2013

Posted: February 7, 2013 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Jazz legend Donald Byrd has passed away at the age of 80, confirmed his nephew and fellow artist Alex Bugnon.

Byrd, whose career spanned over 50 years, was a frontrunner in several music movements including hard bop, jazz fusion, R&B and later Hip-Hop through sampling of his work on classic tracks like Black Moon’s “Buck ‘Em Down (Remix)” and Main Source’s “Looking At the Front Door.”

Later in his career, Byrd lent his talents to education, teaching at higher institutions such as Columbia, Rutgers, Howard and New York University.

At press time, the cause of death has not been made public. Byrd, according to Bugnon, passed away on Monday (February 4).




When LL Cool J dropped “Ratchet” a few weeks ago, the track was deservedly panned by critics and fans alike. One of my colleagues went as far as to claim LL was completely washed up. Well, LL heard the naysayers and has returned with a much better effort in “Take It.” LL’s career found new life in the mid 90s when he hooked up with the Trackmasters for the multi-platinum Mr. Smith album. For 2012, the production looks back to 1980 for a beautiful, majestic ballad off The Jones Girls’ 1980 At Peace With Woman.

The Trackmasters can’t claim credit for touching it first (I believe that credit goes to Royal Flush’s 1997 “What A Shame”), but they flip it for a butter-smooth template that serves perfect for LL’s vintage serenades to the ladies. Hold off on those calls for LL to stick to acting. The Jones Girls got LL sounding young again.



If you are a fan of hard funk, you adore Yvonne Fair. Starting her career in the 60s as a member of the Chantels and later with the James Brown Revue, Fair’s big break would come in 1969 when she signed with Motown. She recorded a duet with Marvin Gaye and dropped a string of funk singles in 1974 (“Love Ain’t No Toy,” “Walk Out the Door If You Wanna,” and “Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On”). This lead to her 1975 debut The Bitch Is Black, which hit big in the UK with the Top 5 single “It Should Have Been Me.” It would unfortunately be her only Motown LP.

The Bitch Is Black would re-emerge amongst a new generation in late 90s on Jay-Z’s In My Lifetime Vol. 1 courtesy of Diddy’s in-house producers The Hitmen. Listening to the album track “Let Your Hair Down,” an early pause in Fair’s lyrics leaves a brief few seconds of music that are melodic and slightly ominous. Those few, seemingly inconsequential notes would transform into one of the best tracks off Vol. 1.

Jay-Z is rightly doing a lot of self-reflection and forward-thinking with the birth of his daughter Blue Ivy, but it’s always good to remember where he’s from.