Much More Dilla

This morning we are continuing or exploration of J Dilla samples…

In the mid and later 200os, the entire rap world was buzzing about Dilla’s beat tapes.  As many producers often do, J Dilla would give out “tapes” of his beats for Emcees to preview and hopefully, buy.  In order to avoid his beats getting snatched up with out proper licence, Dilla found a number of creative ways to blend his neats together, and tag them with the infamous “JAY DILA!” exclamation.

These “tapes” began to circulate around the Hip Hop underground, and many rap fans were getting their hands on Dilla’s DONUTS, as they came to be known in the industry.  I was among these underground rap heads who were itching to get their hands on the Dilla tapes.

I had a few, and one beat that stuck out in my head was this one…

I’m not the only one who loved this beat… A few months later I heard this track.

This is one of my favorite De La tracks from this album, and that says a lot, because this album is fantastic!

So where did Dilla get this sample from?

In 1976, L.T.D. (which stands for Love, Togetherness, and Devotion), released LOVE TO THE WORLD on A&M records.  The album contained a number of great soul jams, including this cut…

Nice huh?


Synthetic Substitution; A Pretty Break

This week we are paying our respects to the late great Melvin Bliss, and his classic track SYNTHETIC SUBSTITUTION…

This track has been sampled for decades, by some of the best of the best in Hip Hop.  Check out Tuesday’s post for a more comprehensive list.  I’d be foolish to not give credit for the massive amounts of sampling this track has seen, to the tracks drummer.

Bernard “pretty” Purdie was the session drummer on this classic soul jam and his resume is nothing short of AMAZING!

Here as a short list of some of the albums he has appeared on.. James Brown – Cold Sweat (1967, King Curtis and his Kingpins – Instant Soul (1967), James Brown – Say It Loud-I’m Black & I’m Proud (1969), Aretha Franklin – Young, Gifted and Black (1972), BB King – Completely Well (1970), Robert Palmer’s Insect Trust – Hoboken Saturday Night (1970), Herbie Mann – Push, Push (1971), Miles Davis – Get Up with It (1972), BB King – Guess Who (1973), Cat Stevens – Foreigner (1973), Hall & Oates – Abandoned Luncheonette (1973), Jimmy McGriff – Come Together (1974), Joe Cocker – I Can Stand a Little Rain (1974), Cornell Dupree – Teasin’ (1975), Steely Dan – The Royal Scam (1976)… whoooo.

Bernard Purdie is one of popular music’s un-sung heroes. ( Don’t be surprised if I do a Bernard Purdie week very soon here. )

This break has continued to be sampled in the recent past, here are a few of my favorites…

That Young MC is one bad mother… SHUT YO MOUTH!

Our theme on 7 o’clock sample this week, is TV and MOVIE Theme music!

( mixing it up on the ONEs and TWOs )

There are a lot of great TV and Movie themes that have been sampled; JAWS, Knight Rider, Fat Albert Theme, even Inspector Gadget has been run through a drum machine.

This morning I wanted to go back to one of my personal favorite movie themes.

(this video is WAY too good, for me to post any other version! )

In case you DID NOT know, that was the theme to the Movie SHAFT.

If you have NOT seen Shaft, I highly suggest you run out to your local DVD retailer, and buy a copy today!

I’m not the only DJ/Producer in love with this track, it’s been sampled by a few, but  I have to say that this version is my favorite…

From his Award winning 1988 release STONE COLD RHYMIN’ it’s non-other than YOUNG MC!


I Know You Got Samples

This week’s 7’oclock sample theme is SAMPLE WITH SOUL! And few brothers have as much soul as Mr. BOBBY BYRD…

Bobby is the man who discovered James Brown.  Byrd and Brown met in a Georgia youth detention facility, where Brown was an inmate. Byrd’s local baseball team played the prison team of which Brown was a member. It was Bobby Byrd’s family that sponsored his release and took him in.  Bobby brought James into the soul scene through the FAMOUS FLAMES, which eventually became known as James Brown and the Famous Flames.

Bobby continues to work with James through the 50s, 60s and 70s.  Byrd’s leadership with the Flames and then the J.B.s, acted as the backbone to those funky legs and arms of Mr. Dynamite.

Bobby has released some great records with and without James.  Including this 1971 hit…

That’s a funky jam!  And I’m not the only one who thinks so!  This song has been sampled by a whos-who of Hip Hop acts.  Public Enemy, Ice Cube, King Tee, Everlast and Eric B and Rakim have all sampled this track.  Of all of them, the one that stands out most for me, is the Eric B and Rakim song of the same name….


I Hear Curtis!

This week on 7 o’clock sample,we are looking at SAMPLES WITH SOUL!

It’s been a while since I pulled out some old soul records, so I thought this week we would look at SAMPLES WITH SOUL.

To begin, I thought I’d get a track from Hip Hop’s sample whipping boy, BIZ MARKIE.

In 1991, Biz Markie was made an example for the entire legal music system.  I Need a Haircut sales were already low when Markie was served a lawsuit by Gilbert O’Sullivan, who claimed that the album’s Alone Again featured an unauthorized sample from his hit “Alone Again (Naturally)”. O’Sullivan’s claim was upheld in a landmark ruling, Grand Upright Music, Ltd. v. Warner Bros. Records, Inc.,that altered the landscape of hip-hop, finding that all samples must be cleared with the original artist before being used. In accordance with the ruling, Warner Bros., the parent company of Cold Chillin’, had to pull I Need a Haircut from circulation, and all companies had to clear samples with the samples’ creators before releasing the records.  After that, sampling was never the same.

Before all of that, ( and even after ) Biz released some great hits, using some great samples… Like this one.

Sound familiar?

Well if you have this record,

than you know the song…

From his 1971, live solo debut, it’s Curtis Mayfield with WE’RE A WINNER.

( here is an extended live version for your sample pleasure.. )

Don’t Sleep On | The Soulphonics and Ruby Velle

You know what happens when you stay up all night looking for new music?  You discover something really special, and that special is Atlanta’s Soulphonics and Ruby Velle. While I was writing the previous post on The Constellations, I saw this intriguing name of The Soulphonics and Ruby Velle on the list of people The Constellations follows on twitter (told you I’m a music geek). Don’t ask me why I stopped to check them out, I just did.  Tell you what, I’m very glad I did stop and checked them out. What I heard was something fantastic, and soulful.  Let’s put it this way: they put the ‘fun’ back in funk.

The Soulphonics and Ruby Velle have been around the Atlanta music scene since early 2008, and recently have played with fellow Atliens, The Constellations.  The singer name is Ruby Velle and she is backed by a solid lineup, including a three piece horn section (trumpet, baritone sax, tenor sax) and rhythm section (B3 organ, electric guitar, bass and drums). They will be dropping their single “Feet On The Ground” on February 23rd on Element Records. You can check out the song below in their mp3 player (the other song is pretty damn good too). If you are going to be in Atlanta on March 6th, you can catch them playing along with legend Lee Fields at The Earl (great venue by the way).  I would love for them to play show with Milwaukee’s Kings Go Forth (promoters/bookers make it happen)!

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Don’t Sleep On: Quadron


For the last couple of years, Swedish artist have been dominating my personal playlists.  Now it looks like Sweden’s neighbor to the south, Denmark, is trying to squeeze in. The Danish duo is named Quadron, and I first heard of them through our fam over at The Couch Sessions. Quadron’s sound is what I would call ‘Refreshing Soul’. The duo consists of producer Robin Hannibal from Owusu & Hannibal and singer Coco Malaika.  The American soul and R&B scene can learn a little something from this duo

There was very little known about this duo other than they released their own debut back in the summer, and it was only available as an import and downloadable via iTunes and Amazon. Now I think the U.S. will get to learn more about them thanks to a recent record deal with the U.S. label Plug Research. The label is best known for releasing music from artists such as Flying Lotus, Bilal, Daedelus, Mia Doi Todd, Ammon Contact, and others. The album will be released later this year with worldwide distribution.  Trust me when I say, “Definitely Do Not Sleep On Quadron!”

Quadron – “Buster Keaton”

Quadron – “Slippin”