Dilla is LOVE

Last week a listener asked me to explore some J Dilla beats on the SEVEN O CLOCK SAMPLE, so I said…

Ok, let’s TURN IT UP!

DIlla passed away in 2006, after a long battle with Lupus.  Many knew Jay Dee was sick, but few saw his death coming.

When he passed, the Hip Hop world came to a halt.  Folks from every corner of the globe stopped to pay tribute to the genres most influential, and under credited producer.  Still to this day, J Dilla tribute mixtapes, albums, shirts and images pop up on the regular.

In addition to his work with Slum Village and The Soulquarians, Dilla produced some of my favorite Hip Hop tracks. In 2004, he worked with fellow Solquarian COMMON, on his Kanye West produced come back album BE.  Common’s previous album Electric Circus, which also featured Dilla, was a commercial flop.  Common was ready to start again, he left MCA and released a new and fresh sounding album on Kanye’s GOOD MUSIC label.  J Dilla was the only producer, besides Kanye, to contribute a beat on this album, and I must say, it’s one of the best….

This beautiful beat can be found on one of Dillas mid 2000s beat tapes, which became known in the industry as donuts.

Here is what the beat sounded like before Common got it…

The sample that Dilla dug up for this track is a Marvin Gaye 45, that was released in 1970 on Tamla.

(listen closely at 1:19 )

MARVIN GAYE and J DILLA… A match made in heaven.

R.I.P Fellas.


Common takes the witness stand.

This week on the Seven O Clock Sample, I’ve decided to open Pandora’s box, and explore the music samples of Kanye West.
There is no doubt that Kanye has lost his mind over the past few years,

…but his production quality has remained stellar!

In 2005, Common called on Mr. West to bring the soul back for his BE album. With the exception of the late great Dilla, this album featured all of it’s production from Kanye.
This track used a particularly cool “flip” of it’s sample source…

That was a big hit for Common, it’s was a rather obscure single for it’s original performers.
In 1972, three soulful sisters by the name HONEY CONE, released their last album on Hot Wax records called Love, Peace & Soul. The record featured this track…

Summerfest Journal: Interview, Malik Yusef

Malik Yusef

As some of you know Lupe Fiasco is performing tonight at the Miller Oasis Stage at 10pm at Summerfest.  However, at 8pm a multi-talented artist also from Chicago is performing.  His name is Malik Yusef.  He is a spoken word artist, MC, and actor.   He has been featured on Def Poetry Jam and played a role in the movie Love Jones.

Malik was raised in Chicago’s South Side neighborhood known as the “Wild 100’s” and is a former member of the widespread Islamic street gang The Blackstone Rangers. In his youth he became friendly with rapper Common Sense who was a member of the Four Corner Hustlers organization at the time. He was self-diagnosed with Dyslexia as a teenager but overcame his learning disability and word-impairment, earning himself a place among the urban intelligentsia. He has evolved over the years from a street hustler into a street poet. His name translates to “ruler” in Arabic.

I got a chance to talk to Malik before his show tonight at Summerfest about his new album on Kanye West’s label G.O.O.D. Music, about his turbulent past, his spoken word and more.  Check out and download the full un-edited interview with Malik Yusef and check out his latest song Magic Man featuring Kanye West and Common which is about domestic abuse.

Malik Yusef Interview (download)

Malik Yusef – “Magic Man featuring Kanye West and Common”

Malik Yusef performing his spoken word piece “I Spit” on Def Poetry Jam

Video: Common x Kanye West x Erykah Badu Live @ SXSW

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So I missed another SXSW, and by all the the tweets it was really good.  I have to figure to get our station to send me down next time. To be honest, I was getting sick of all the SXSW tweets though. However, this video of Erykah, Common and Kanye performing “The Light” was real nice, and I would have love to see that. One, because it was in a small setting and not in an arena or huge venue. (spotted at Okayplayer)

Common’s Ghetto Child

Today’s seven o clock sample comes to us from Common’s 6th studio release BE. This critically acclaimed record was viewed as many , as Common’s come back record. After receiving mixed reviews about his ELECTRIC CIRCUS project, he teamed up with Kanye ( and Dilla ) for a boom bap heavy album.
Here is the track #10:
“They Say” featuring John Legend

This original, is actually a cover song. It appears on Ahmad Jamal’s 18th studio album ( you got some catching up to do Kanye… ) Jamaica. It was released in 1974 on 20th Century Fox. The song was originally written by Thom Bell for the Spinners. Here is Ahamad’s version of
“Ghetto Child”

New Music Wednesday: U2, Michael Franti, Common, The Decemberists



For New Music Wednesday 1/28/09, we have new music from U2, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Common with Chester French, and The Decemberists. Listen to the tracks below and then let us know what you think by voting for your favorite tune. We’ll announce the winner next week.

You can also grab this week’s picks in our iTunes store!

Michael Franti & Spearhead – “Hey World”
Common feat. Chester French – “What A World”
The Decemberists – “The Rake’s Song”

Freebie: Milwaukee’s Kid Cut Up presents the official New Common Mix Tape

Milwaukee STAND UP for your boy KID CUT UP!

This year has been amazing for our hometown hero from the No Request Sound System Crew…

He began his own radio show, took over Milwaukee’s Hip Hop scene as the go-to DJ, was the man at Scribble Jam, DJ’d for KRS-ONE and just this last week he put out the official mixtape for Common’s new album …

Can I Borrow 99 Cents

Kid Cut Up was asked by 24/7 HH and Common to create this Common mix to get listeners ready for Common’s upcoming UNIVERSAL MIND CONTROL album

Due out on Geffen Records / Good Music Tuesday December 9th 2009. You can buy the entire album on ZUNE for only $0.99. Yeah 99 Cents… That’s less than then a tank of gas, and much less then you paid for the last 50 Cent album….

Big shout out to Kid Cut Up for this amazing mix. Download it for free HERE.