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Lessons in Hip Hop: Track Samples January 8, 2009

Filed under: now that's hip hop,remixes,throwback moments — hiphopmuse @ 9:27 pm

You. Must. Learn.

Today I got a lesson in hip hop, musically speaking. When I got home today I found myself yearning to hear Usher’s “Throwback” from Confessions. That was the bomb album by Usher right? Anyway, I love that song, and I was curious about the sample used in the track.

So I googled “usher throwback sample” and the #1 result was a link to a blog post listing a whole bunch of hip hop tracks and the samples they come from. It was like finding gold! Even better, it included an mp3 mix of the samples, put together by ?uestlove.

Click here to see the list. Click the title of the post to pull up the mp3, and enjoy.

I learned something today, because I was not aware of some of those originals. The ones that really killed the game include Willie Mitchell – “Grovin'” = GZA – “Liquid Swords,” Billy Cobham – “Heather” (Wounded Bird)  = Souls of Mischief – “93 Till Infinity,” Samuel Johnson – “My Music”  = Jadakiss – “We’re Gonna Make It,” and David McCallum – “The Edge”  = Dr Dre – “Next Episode.” The entire list is utterly amazing. I never knew some of these artists existed, but their samples laid the foundation for tracks that go down in hip hop history.

You don’t really know music if you aren’t aware of what you’re enjoying came from. How can you make a determination of what’s current unless you know your history? It’s beautiful to see how soul music gave birth to hip hop. And while critics bash the use of samples in hip hop, samples bridge the gap. When executed well, it’s powerful and brings the soul to hip hop.

By the way, the sample used in the Usher track is Dionne Warwick, “You’re Gonna Need Me.”



P.S. I cannot get over the Liquid Swords sample. Ill!


Beyonce vs. The Mexican Breakfast Ladies October 13, 2008

Filed under: hilariousness,remixes — hiphopmuse @ 8:20 pm
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I’m sure by now everyone has seen Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” video floating ’round the net. Michael K over at DListed posted a HILARIOUS video from which he suggests B swagger jacked:

The remix, with Andre 3000? For real? I have to give it to the Mexican Breakfast ladies, they’re gettin’ it.

But still. I. Cannot.


Hip Hop Muse


Hi Hater Remix Video: Maino Ft. TI, Swizz Beats, et al. October 11, 2008

LOL @ TI’s opening! I love his allusion to Puff’s intro to Craig Mack’s “Flava In Ya Ear” video.

I really like this song, it’s the new hater anthem. This is a track to bump when you’re rolling up to the party looking fresh. Sure, there may be haters meanmugging, but don’t worry about it. Just give ’em a wave. Hi hater!

This is the quintessential remix video. It has the all white background, the cameos, and it features like 10 people, some of which are ALWAYS featured on remixes. Which isn’t negative thing, I think artists like Fab and Jadakiss who resurface on remixes here and there create anticipation. It makes us wonder why the hell they won’t come out with an album or something. The aforementioned rappers seem to have established a large part of their career by lacing other peoples’ tracks with their rhymes. In that way, it’s ingenious. It allows them to stay relevant.

Good to see my girl Mya in the vid! I’ve always appreciated her style and energy. She’s very fab. Hopefully she’ll make a comeback soon.

Off to find a remix to hop on,

Hip Hop Muse