So Let The Rain Come Down…

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lt hasn’t started storming yet, but the very credible threat is there. It’s just a matter of time at this point. Direct TV is starting to fail, and I don’t know how long I can count on Duke Energy, so here are a few quick hits.

The weird one out of these is K.C. & the Sunshine Band‘s Ain’t Nothing Wrong. Don’t front, K.C. Was and still is the shit. They’re much more than just That’s the Way (I Like It). They had plenty of hits, and were sampled over 180 times, including this one. I’ve heard this album plenty of times, and I just recently realized that Digable Planets used this in Where I’m From. Sometimes, I’m dense like that.

The rest of the songs should be just as easily recognized. If you can’t catch them, then welcome to the Osmium Club.

 

 

Beyond This World doesn’t count. I just included that cuz I just saw the video on TV. Probably haven’t heard this song in years, let alone seen the video. This song, this ALBUM, will always be the shit. I’m not going to go into my Jungle Brothers’ rant ( they were always about Afrocentrism and dance music). Just dig the song. It always come back to the Native Tongues

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

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Aint Nothing Wrong-   KC and the Sunshine Band

 

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Hard Times (The Working Class Hero)- Dr. Buzzards Original Savannah Band

 

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Open Your Eyes- Bobby Caldwell

 

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Wine Spot- The J.B.’s

 

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Beyond This World- The Jungle Brothers

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What You Trying To Build , A Clubhouse?

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There’s nothing like waking up to the sound of your dog barking at something only he can here. And there is no treble in Ra; he’s all bass. He did wake me in time to escape the menance of the cat next door/truck starting/leaf falling. It’s cool though cuz its Friday, it’s my day off, and I ain’t got shit to do but get high. Puff, puff, give. Puffin’ these crates.

I’ll try to come up with a theme for the next post, but I really listen to records like my IPod. I’ll play an album until I’m inspired to listen to something else. So I might listen to the whole record or one side or the whole album. Anyway, I have Friday on my mind because I was listening to Roy Ayres Ubiquity, and in another accidental find, I caught a sampled guitar lick from Fuck tha Police. So playing six degrees: The Boogie BackFuck tha PoliceIce Cube, Friday. I can get to six if I go Ice Cube,who was in the remake of 21 Jump St., which she original starred Johnny Depp, who was in the original Friday the 13th movie with…Kevin Bacon. I sometimes have too much time on my hands.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

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The Boogie Back- Roy Ayres Ubiquity

 

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Underdog- Sly & the Family Stone

 

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lm Blue- The Sweet lnspirations

 

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Dujii- Kool & the Gang

 

 

 

 

 

 

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lf lt’s Not De La Slow, Then lt’s Not WMRS (Sample Sunday)

Free Samples

I’m all sampled up, ready to kick a little knowledge to you. All of these samples are ones that I found that I have by accident. Just while listening to the album, I just heard something familiar, and it only took a minute of research to find out why. I’m starting things with a man whose very name is what were here to talk about.

A while back, my aunt gave me her record collection, and sometimes I go through it looking for people I know very little to nothing about. I ran up on Joe Sample. Ok, founder of the Jazz Crusaders, hard-bop pianist…I got nothing after that. Especially of his solo work. With 3 albums to pick from, I grabbed Rainbow Seeker first. The title cut was first, a funky fusion cut. Then up next was In All My Wildest Dreams, and I immediately know it was bit by De La Soul for De La Soul is Dead.  This is that “De La slow” cut that the WRMS DJ dedicates a song to the Bitties. It’s a nice, smoked out cut, made for the heads out there.

Butkus was Rocky’s bulldog. Personally, I’m with Eddie Murphy on Rocky. He still lost the fight, there are no moral victories in boxing. But that soundtrack? Bill Conti is the shit! This album has at least 57 samples to its credit, with the best being the reunited Black Star for Talib Kweli‘s Supreme SupremeThe sample is barely chopped, that’s how nice it is.

Grant Green is another king of samples, so the surprise wasn’t that I found one on The Final Comedown (which is a soundtrack, by the way), but that it was for Black Ego off of Digable Planets‘ severely underrated Blowout Comb.

And if you can find The Rubaiyat of Dorothy, snatch that up. Anywhere you drop the needle you have sample. Dorothy Ashby.s music is always so…lush is the word.Lush without having that smooth jazz kind of feeling to it. lt’s just music to dig to. That’s what l imagine Flying Lotus doing while listening to For Some We Loved.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

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ln All My Wildest Dreams- Joe Sample

 

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Butkus- Bill Cont

 

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Luannas’ Theme- Grant Green

 

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For Some We Loved- Dorthy Ashby

 

 

 

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