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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Jay-Z and Biggie Smalls, Homey, **** Ya Draws. . . .

The Ohio Players were among the top funk bands of the mid-'70s. Emerging from the musical hotbed of Dayton, Ohio in 1959, the group was originally dubbed the Ohio Untouchables and just rocked out for decades.

Ohio Players - Ecstasy

Jay-Z feat. Biggie - Brooklyn's Finest

Did You Know? IV

Grace Jones once dated Dolph Lundgren back in the 80s?


Dolph Lundgren! You might remember him as Ivan Drago from Rocky IV. . . the Soviet dude. . . the man who killed Apollo Creed? Yea, him!

Grace Jones - Nightclubbin

Shyne - Bad Boys

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Just A Moment

Chic is an American disco and funk band. They are the same group that had the hit "Le Freak". CHIC has been nominated to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame four times - 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2008, and still continue to perform sold out shows worldwide.

Chic - When Will You Cry

Nas feat. Quan - Just A Moment

Easy Like Sunday Morning

You've heard of the Commodores. And I KNOW you've heard of Lionel Richie. This is just a sped up sample of "Easy", one of the Commodores more famous songs.

Commodores - Easy

Cam'ron feat. Juelz Santana - Hey Ma

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

From The Holocaust To Helping Jay-Z Un-Retire

Genya Ravan is the former lead singer of The Escorts, Goldie & the Gingerbreads, and Ten Wheel Drive (remember, 1-900-Hustler? It's a few pages back). Looks like Jay really likes his Ten Wheel Drive! Ravan arrived in the US in 1949 with her parents and her sister, the only survivors of the Holocaust.

"Whipping Post" is actually a cover of the Allman Brothers.

Genya Ravan - Whipping Post

Jay-Z - Oh My God

I Really Mean It

Major Harris is an American R&B singer associated with the Philly soul sound. In the early 70s, Harris became a member of The Delfonics, a Philly soul group, but quit in 1974 when he went solo. When his success as a soloist subsided, Harris returned to the Delfonics, and continued to tour with one of two touring ensembles that used the name in the 1990s and 2000s.

Major Harris - I Got Over Love

The Diplomats - I Really Mean It

Sunday, January 27, 2008

God's Son Across The Belly

Sixto Diaz Rodriguez was born on July 10, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan. Besides being an amazing singer and guitarist, he also has teaching experience and graduated from Wayne State University (Detroit) in 1981 with a BA in Philosophy. He has been a candidate for various city and state political offices: State Representative (twice), City Council (three times), Mayor (twice) and one attempt for Senator. Rodriguez is everywhere!!

Rodriguez - Sugarman

Nas - You're The Man

Ultimate Ahmad Jamal. . . One Of The Best Ever

Before I begin, I just wanna give a quick shout out to one of my favorite websites on the net, The Brilliance - www.thebrilliance.com. My boy Benjamin over there replied to one of my emails telling me how much he loves Ahmad Jamal. Well, this one's for you, homey!

I really don't wanna talk too much about Ahmad Jamal b/c I REALLY want you guys to listen to some of his music. If you want to know how good he is, let me just put in perspective: Jamal was a key influence on Miles Davis' "First Great Quintet", which featured Coltrane on the sax, and Davis asked his own pianist Wynton Kelly to sound more like Jamal on "Freddie Freeloader" from Kind Of Blue. Step your piano games up, people!

Ahmad Jamal - I Love Music

Nas - The World Is Yours

Ahmad Jamal - Pastures

Jay-Z - Feelin It

Ahmad Jamal - Ghetto Child

Common - They Say

Let that "Pastures" play for about 1:20 so you can hear the sampled part. . .

Say Hello To The Bad Guy

More Tom Brock for yall. If you're not interested in this guy yet, you're a damn fool. . .

Tom Brock - The Love We Share Is Greatest of Them All

Jay-Z - Say Hello

You Don't Know!

Bobby Byrd was a long time co-vocalist for James Brown, appearing on such songs as Licking Stick - Licking Stick", "Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine" and "Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved". The two met back in the day when Brown was at a youth detention center. In fact, Byrd's family took Brown in when he was released. You see, loyalty is everything, people! Byrd was a member of James Brown and the Famous Flames, which was actually a reincarnation of the Avons, a group which Byrd himself founded. Unfortunately, Bobby Byrd passed away from cancer in September 2007.

Bobby Byrd - I'm Not To Blame

Jay-Z - U Don't Know

Maybe I'm Selfish

If I have to give you the scoop on Aretha Franklin, this really isn't the spot for your. Resurgence of the Soul Sample is for music lovers, and EVERYONE should know ReRe and her contributions to music in general. Kanye sampled this song for his track with Slum Village. And yes, Ye was FLOWIN'!!!

Aretha Franklin - Call Me

Slum Village feat. Kanye West - Selfish

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Life's A B***H. . . .

The Gap Band is comprised of three brothers, Charlie, Ronnie, and Robert Wilson. They rose to fame in the 70s and 80s with their dance hits, such as "Shake" and "You Dropped The Bomb On Me". They were originally known as the "Greenwood, Archer and Pine Street Band", but shortened it to the Gap Band in 1979.

The Gap Band - Yearning For Your Love

Nas feat. AZ - Life's A Bitch**

**Although it may be totally blasphemous and I may be verbally assaulted by hip hop purists, I think (in other words, this is my PERSONAL opinion) that this AZ verse was the tightest verse on the entire album. . . . C'mon, just listen to what he's saying and how he delivers it!

Visualizin' the realism
Of life in actuality
Fuck who the baddest
A person status depend on salary
And my mentality
Is money orientated
I'm destined to live the dream
For all my peeps
That never made it. . . . .

Just listen with an open mind. . . . Lemme know what you think.

I Just Crush A Lot

Brenda Russell is a native of Brooklyn and has written songs for numerous acts, including Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Earth, Wind & Fire, Donna Summer and Sting. In other words, she nice with the pen! She's also the original recording artist of "If Only For One Night", which most people attribute to Luther Vandross. In 2005, she co-wrote the score for the broadway run of The Color Purple.

Brenda Russell - A Little Bit Of Love

Big Pun feat. Joe - Still Not A Player

What You Know About That?

Just some more from the incomparable Roberta Flack. This time, we have her version of The Impression's "Gone Away". It was sampled by T.I. for the first single from King, "What You Know".

That's right, a cover was sampled. Keep up, kids.

Roberta Flack - Gone Away

T.I. - What You Know

Father of G-Funk

"Nothing But A G-Thing" is widely regarded as the catalyst for what became known as the "G-Funk Era". This was the laid back sound popularized by Dr. Dre, who sampled soul tracks and gave them that "gangsta lean". The song sampled Leon Haywood's "I Want To Do Something Freaky To You". Haywood, originally from Houston, moved to LA and enjoyed considerable success in the 60s and 70s. He was also Sam Cooke's keyboardist up until Mr. Cooke's death.

Leon Haywood - I Want To Do Something Freaky To You

Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg - Noting But A G Thing

Friday, January 25, 2008

Did You Know? III

That "Heart Of The City" was originally meant for DMX? No, really! Can you imagine him on that track? I sure as hell can't! Check out the last track on "College Dropout", and Kanye says it there. . . . I'm happy Hov jumped in, because not only did Kanye murder this sample, but Hov murdered his track! And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what classic albums are made of. . . Homicides on both ends!

Bobby "Blue" Bland - Ain't No Love

Jay-Z - Heart Of The City

Get Your Skateboards Ready!

Celeste Legaspi is a Filipino singer. Lol, that's all I know about her! I can't find a picture, or even the album that this was on! But once you play this track, you'll probably think the same thing I was thinkin. . . . . "Wow!"

Celeste Legaspi - Bolero Medley

Lupe Fiasco - Kick Push

Thursday, January 24, 2008

I Can Feel It In The Air. . . . .

Raphael Ravenscroft is a saxophone player who has played for a number of bands, such as ABBA, Pink Floyd, and even Marvin Gaye. Needless to say, Ravenscroft is nice with the sax. Just overlook the sleazy, 80's porn star mustache. . . .
On a side note, I think this is Sigel's best album ever. Although it was loaded with guest appearences all of State Prop, Hov, Bun-B, etc, etc), everybody stepped it up lyrical and it felt like nobody wanted to be outdone by the other. Niiiiiiiiiiiice.

Raphael Ravenscroft - Whole Lot Of Something Going On

Beanie Sigel - Feel It In The Air

From Rocky to. . . . . Diddy??

If you've ever seen a Rocky film, then you've heard a Bill Conti track. Conti is an Italian composer who, basically, did every song that hyped you up when watching Rocky (except for "Eye Of The Tiger". That was Survivor). Puff took the track and turned it into one of the hardest songs he's ever produced.

Bill Conti - Going the Distance

Puff Daddy feat Biggie, Busta Rhymes - Victory

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

I'm Out For Presidents To Represent Me

Lonnie Liston Smith played acoustic piano with Pharoah Sanders, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Betty Carter, and Gato Barbieri. He later joined Miles Davis as an electric keyboardist in the early 1970s. In 1973 Smith founded the Cosmic Echoes band with his brother Donald Smith. This is one of his more famous tracks. You know anybody who was fortunate enough to play with Miles had talent. You just know.

Lonnie Liston Smith - Garden Of Peace

Jay-Z - Dead Presidents II

Who Rocked It Best? II


This week, we have Roberta Flack's original "Killing Me Softly" and the cover by the Fugees. If you didn't know (it's ok, I'm not here to judge anybody), this is the song that put the Fugees, and specifically Lauryn Hill, on the map. The Fugees "Killing Me Softly" was featured on their 1996 sophomore classic release The Score.

Who said it was a classic? Well, let's see. . . it was universally hailed by critics as "a masterpiece". It received 5 mics in The Source (back when that meant something). Oh, damn, I forgot. . . . It also sold 18 million copies.

Yea. Classic.

Ms. Flack was no slouch, either. She enrolled at Howard University (HOLLAAAAAA!!!) when she was 15, making her one of the youngest students to ever enroll. Her original "Killing Me Softly" won the 1974 Grammy for Record Of The Year. She was also awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999. Ms. Flack, you make me proud to also be an alum of Howard.

Roberta Flack - Killing Me Softly

Fugees - Killing Me Softly

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Hey Veenie!

Word on the street is that Stanford loves Resurgence of the Soul Sample. Shout out to everybody checkin me out over there. Mr. Papagiorgio loves yall, too. And if you lovin the blog, lemme know! I'd love to hear from everybody out there that finds this site informative. And like I said, if you got a request, lemme have it so I can make yall happy out there!

So imma dedicate this post to my homegirl that's a freshman over there. She loves all artists from Philly, and she's somewhat of a Freeway fan. Well, many might not know (or remember), but this is my man Freeway's first verse ever. And it was crack!

*Free, pick up line five*
first things first
watch what you say out ya mouth
when you talkin on the phone
to hus-sa-las!

The song was 1-900-HUSTLER, and it sampled a song called "Ain't Gonna Happen" by Ten Wheel Drive. They were led by singer Genya Ravan. Never heard of her? Of course not! But she was the lead singer for Goldie and the Gingerbreads, the first all-woman rock band to record for a major label (ATCO, an Atlantic subsidiary). Just a bit of history for yall. . .

Ten Wheel Drive - Ain't Gonna Happen

Jay-Z feat. Beanie Sigel, Freeway, Memphis Bleek - 1-900-HUSTLER

Picture All The Possibilities. . . .

I couldn't find anything to save my soul on Bobby Glenn. Only thing I discovered was that this album was released in 1976 on Koala Records, and it's uber rare. Which makes me wonder how these producers find these tracks in the first place! Enjoy!

Bobby Glenn - Sounds Like A Love Song

Jay-Z - Song Cry