I was going through a thread in a forum and discovered full sample packages for Late Registration & College Dropout. I instantly put the C.D. on and have been vibin out and reminiscing like whoa. This album is Certified Classic and holds a definite mark in the history of hip-hop. I decided to drop this explicit version for ya’ll since you can’t find it on the actual album itself. I’ve always wonder why that happens on albums sometimes, one track is edited but the entire album isn’t. Meh. Enjoy.
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This track and I go way back to the very beginning of the digital music revolution, which corresponds rather conveniently for historians, at the beginning of this decade. Maybe because 2010 is about to wrap or maybe because it’s just that good, today I found myself versing “The Wake Up Show Anthem ’94”, one of the first mp3s I downloaded back in 2000.
I’ve had this stuck in my head since I posted “Maria” from KVBeats this past week, which has a chorus reminiscent of this tune.
The Chi-lites were a chicago based group from Chi city that scored gold with this doo-wop early R&B tune in the early 70s.
And then, of course, there’s the 1990 MC Hammer cover. Golden.
For those of you on a J. Cole vibe after last night’s show, here’s a Missy Elliot /Aaliyah sample from his newest mixtape Friday Night Lights. “Best Friend” (also of the same name on Cole’s tape) is from Elliot’s landmark record Supa Dupa Fly, produced for the most by by Timothy Mosley, better known to most as Timbaland.
Most people see Aaliyah’s career as blowing up post-Elliot’s arrival on the scene, but Aaliyah’s debut record One in a Million actually came a year before Elliot’s, in 1996.
“I Miss You” (1972) was the first hit single from Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes that kickstarted the career iconic R&B soul singer Teddy Pendergrass, who died earlier this year from colon cancer. Before he was paralyzed in a 1982 car crash, Teddy created a whole whack of hits, like “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” “Close the Door” and Love T.K.O., the latter of which was re-written into hip-hop by Joell Ortiz, Jadakiss, Saigon and Novel in the Teddy Pendergrass Tribute mixtape (2010) hosted by Spanish wonder-DJ’s Cookin’ Soul.
Of all the songs that have sampled “I Miss You,” Jay Z’s reflective and unsettling “This Can’t be Life,” ft. Beanie Sigel and Scarface (The Dynasty) has the most sprouts. A testament to his skills as a sample- based producer, Kanye sped up the sample to accentuate Lloyd Parks’ falsetto vocals for a much more urgent re-incarnation. “Ever since you went away I ain’t been doin nothin but thinkin, thinkin, thinkin…” Pendergrass sings in the original. It’s the perfect backdrop for pondering what it all means.