Posts Tagged ‘samples’

T.R.O.Y. Presents – Moet Drinking, Marijuana Smoking Street Dweller

Monday, April 7th, 2014
We first hit you with “Brothers Want To Hang With The Meth.” A 14 track Method Man sample compilation and now we’re back with one for Mr. Nasir Jones. We could create dozens of compilations comprised of all Nas samples, especially material off Illmatic, but we took 18 old and new joints and threw them together for you. Peace to dirt_dog for always cooking up some marvelous images. We hope you enjoy our 2nd installment in our sample compilation. –Philaflava
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T.R.O.Y. Presents 
Moet Drinking, Marijuana Smoking Street Dweller
01 Jay-Z – Dead Presidents (Original) (CDS – 1996)
02 O.C. – Born 2 Live (Eclipse Remix) (Eclipse Remixes Circa 94 – 2004)
03 Mic Geronimo – Hemmin Heads (Shit’s Real 12”  – 1993)
04 Kool G. Rap – 4, 5, 6 (4, 5, 6 – 1995)
05 Real Live – Real Live Shit (The Turnaround: A Long Awaited Drama – 1996)
06 Big L – Ebonics (The Big Picture (1974-1999) – 2000)
07 De La Soul – Vocabulary Spills (Smell The DA.I.S.Y. – 2014)
08 Darc Mind – I’m Ill (Symptomatic Of A Greater Ill – 2006)
09 Jeru The Damaja – Invasion (New Jersey Drive Vol. 2 – 1995)
10 Pete Rock – Half Man Half Amazin feat. Method Man (Soul Survivor – 1998)
11 Deda – Press Rewind (The Original Baby Pa – 2003)
12 Black Attack – Correct Technique feat. Problemz (My Crown 12” – 1997)
13 Basement Khemists – Correct Technique (Beyond Real Experience – 1999)
14 Nuthouse – Correct Technic feat. Diamondback & Planetary (Good Vibe Recordings – 2000)
15 Laster – Searchin 4 Meaning (Searchin 4 Meaning 12” – 1998)
16 Jigmastas – Beyond Real (Beyond Real 12” – 1996)
17 Lexicon – Nikehead (It’s The L!! – 2001)
18 Raekwon – Sneakers (Immobilarity – 1999)
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DJ Moneyshot Deconstructs It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

Friday, August 9th, 2013


Those of you who listened to the Solid Steel Radio Show‘s treatments of 3 Feet High and Rising and Paul’s Boutique know what to expect. Those who haven’t need to get on that, and be ready to take in a seamless hour-long mix that is part behind-the-scenes audio-documentary, part sample archive, and all dope… or as they put it:

It’s another special show as our own DJ Moneyshot presents another classic album deconstructed for the Solid Steel 25th Anniversary. Public Enemy’s ‘It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back’ is also 25 years old and to honour both occasions DJ Moneyshot shows us once again why he’s the mixtape king with the career-best offering, Solid Steel and the Hour of Chaos. Over 60 blistering minutes he takes in all the beats, breaks, samples and spoken word nuggets that made this seminal Bomb Squad production such an explosive release. Amongst the vast stack of tracks in the mix, expect words of wisdom from Louis Farrakhan, exclusive interviews with Hank Shocklee, and all the soul, rock ‘n’ roll and early rap tracks that went into making up P.E’s (if not hip-hop’s) finest album.

Full tracklist after the jump.

Pro Celebrity Golf and Jay Glaze – Three Sinister Syllables PT 1 (2004)

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

A cut -n- paste masterpiece brought to you by the guys behind Chopped Herring Records, Pro Celebrity Golf and  Jay Glaze. This is the first time the OG digital files have been made available. Created from 100% original vinyl pressings. An automatic download that will keep you entertained and even amazed. –Philaflava

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Remembering Donald Byrd

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

While t.r.o.y. focuses primarily on hip-hop music and culture, we know a thing or two about other genres and eras as well. After all, what kind of diggers would we be without at least a few crates full of jazz, funk and soul LPs? Early this month, the music world suffered a tremendous loss with the passing of jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd. A masterful bandleader and prolific sideman, Dr. Byrd is survived by a gargantuan discography spanning five decades and perhaps as many styles and subgenres. The lasting impact of these recordings was and is especially evident within the annals of hip-hop, as Byrd’s music has been sampled literally hundreds of times, by everyone from the Bombsquad to the Beatnuts.

Shortly after Byrd’s death, DJ and record collector Gilles Peterson got to work on a comprehensive multi-volume tribute, appropriately broken down into two parts, “The Acoustic Years” and “The Electric Years.” These mixes can be streamed below, along with a video introduction by Peterson himself.

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As I said earlier, Dr. Byrd’s music has been sampled and re-sampled numerous times over the years. This begs the question, what’s your favorite Donald Byrd flip? Hit us up in the comments section, and maybe we’ll get a poll going.

Spin Doctor vs. De La Soul – Brakes Is High

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Snagged this mix from the good blokes over at Dephect Clothing. In their own words:

A chronological blend of over 60 De La Soul classics and the original breaks used to create them from their first four albums; ‘3 Feet High & Rising’, ‘De La Soul Is Dead’, ‘Buhloon Mindstate’ & ‘Stakes Is High’ & coming in at around 1 hour 45 mins this is a must for anyone with a love of Hip-Hop, Jazz, Soul & the art of sampling.

While this isn’t quite the monumental feat of sample source remixing that A Tribute to the Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique was, it is a nice mix to enjoy over the weekend. Click here to download.

-Samuel Diamond

Dope Sample Flips: Rotary Connection Vs. Nick Wiz

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Napoleon (bka Pudgee) – You Ain’t Know (ft. DMX, Ran Reed)

Rotary Connection – Turn Me On


La Prayve’s Classic Soul Samples

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

From the Giving Up Food For Funk blog:

Here’s a compilation I’ve been wanting to put together for a while. Having listened to a lot of hip-hop growing up, I’ve always been fascinated by the use of sampling, and how looping a few seconds of an original song, speeding and chopping up a breakbeat or a bassline, could create an entirely new song. Of course, most of the best beats created were made using classic soul and Rn’B samples, so I’ve tried here to pull together a selection of the best original tracks — that were or were not hits in their time — hoping you’ll say to yourself “Oh, this is where they took that from!” when you play them.

Mostly, these are all excellent stand-alone Soul gems, which just need to be rediscovered.

Download here. For the full write up, track list, and to leave comments for La Prayve, go here. The big names from The Delfonics to Bobby Bland to The Isley Brothers and more are represented, so you really can’t go wrong. Props to Markshot on the assist.

It’s Mostly The Sample…

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

It’s mostly tha voice, that gets you up.
It’s mostly tha voice, that makes you buck.
A lot of rappers got flavor, and some got skills
But if your voice ain’t dope then you need to [chill… chill… ]

What defines a dope track? For many of us Guru was on point, it is the voice. For some, it’s the beats and in this case it’s mostly the sample being used. It’s a topic that usually gets overlooked but when you look back at many of the crowd favorites of yesteryear you’ll notice how prevalent this really was in the 90s. If you sampled anything off Illmatic, ATCQ or Rakim you pretty much had a sure-fire hit on your hands.

This is not to say you can’t have a really dope track with an equally dope sample, “Take It In Blood” or “I’m Ill” are testaments to that, but with the death of vinyl, indie labels, non-existent budgets and a surge in sampling lawsuits you’re likely not going to hear many new tracks featuring these invigorating samples. That is, unless you’re sampling your own work, see DJ Premier.

We wish more rappers sided more with Jay-Z on this one…

So yeah I sampled your voice, you was usin it wrong
You made it a hot line, I made it a hot song

But they don’t. So here are some examples where it’s mostly the samples…


Kon And Amir’s 50 Great Samples COMPANION PIECE

Monday, June 7th, 2010

01. Impeach the President
02. Synthetic Substitution
03. It’s a New Day
04. Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose (remix)
05. Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic
06. Midnight Theme
07. Funky President
08. Cardova
09. Soul Power ’74
10. Chocolate Buttermilk
11. Misdemeanor
12. Funky Worm
13. The Mexican
14. Uphill Peace Of Mind
15. Let The Music Take Your Mind
16. The Message
17. Bumpin Bus Stop
18. Honkey Tonk
19. Walk On By
20. Pass the Peas
21. Look Ka Py Py
22. Mind Power
23. Space Funk
24. Haboglabotribin’
25. Who’s Gonna Take The Weight
26. Mystic Brew
27. Up Above The Rock
28. Inside My Love
29. Misfortune’s Wealth
30. Today
31. We Gettin’ Down
32. 90% Of Me Is You
33. Red Clay
34. Fourty days
35. Smilin’ Billy Suite Part II
36. I Got Some Part 1
37. Baby Don’t Cry
38. Jagger The Dagger
39. Outside Love
40. The Edge
41. Humpty Dumpty
42. Solstice
43. The Divine Image
44. Love And Happiness
45. Both Ends Against The Middle
46. Rain, Rain, Go Away
47. The Grunt (single version)
48. Mixed Up Cup
49. A Day In The Life
50. Holy Thursday
A couple of weeks ago, Complex mag had the gods Kon and Amir throw together a 50 Greatest Samples list. There were detractors as is usually the case with any type of list, especially hip hop related. I would not disagree completely with heads who found fault, nor the list, if it was simply titled “50 Great Samples“, instead of “The 50 Greatest Samples”. You just can’t make a list like that without omitting hundreds of possible contenders or without sparking debates from online “sample specialists”.
We’re gonna keep this titled “Kon And Amir’s 50 Great Samples Companion” to appease all the diggers. I’m not gonna front, I damn sure didn’t rip my own records just for this, since they were all pretty easily findable. Some of them are from CD’s and vinyl that I’ve ripped from my own collection, and some were found online at various different blog spots and such. Sorry, but if something is already ripped out there in high quality, I’m not gonna dig through my crates and go through the trouble of ripping my own records. Only if it isn’t out there, or if it isn’t in good quality, will that happen.
There were a couple of mistakes by Complex that I fixed here. For one, the version of “Honky Tonk” was not the one that the Beatnuts sampled. Complex used “Honkey Tonk Popcorn”, which was another song off the 1969 “Honkey Tonk Popcorn” LP, but it’s not the one the Beatnuts used. The Nuts used the other track from the album “Honkey Tonk” or the version of “Honkey Tonk” from the 45 from that album. When digging through this stuff, do remember this artist also had another song with the same title in 1956, which was definitely not that break. We left both of the 1969 versions on here, as a bonus.
And there was also something not quite right about the “Up Above The Rock” track that they posted, can’t remember what the mishap was, though, sorry.
I’m not trying to dis Complex, no way, thanks to them for getting this done.
Peace and props to Kon And Amir and to Complex for sparking this off. Now all of our loyal followers can enjoy all these breaks and hopefully dig for some of them themselves or dig for some other yet to be discovered future classics.
Also, peace to Symantiks over at Philaflava for sending me the first 10-15 joints to incite me to complete this list in mp3 format for the listeners. And thanks to dirt dog for the cover.
–verge tibbs

The Geto Boys – The Geto Boys (Orginal Version)

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Just a little Sunday treat for you. This is the O.G. version and for those that don’t know what I’m talking about… –Philaflava

This is the Geto Boys 1990 self-titled album, the original version, before it was shelved by the record company. You see, the Geto Boys used a sample from the Steve Miller Band song “The Joker,” on track #4, Gangster of Love. This however, was an unlicensed sample, and Steve Miller sued the record company over its use, to which the record company decided to shelve this album. This album was the Geto Boys first album available nationally, while all their previous releases as the Ghetto Boys were on a more local/regional level. This sample was also used on their earlier version of this album as the Ghetto Boys called Grip It On That Other Level. However, it was also a different recording session and so it was a completely different take and did not sound the same lyrically/vocally.

After a couple years, the Geto Boys had released more albums and gained in considerable popularity. The record company decided to re-release this album, but with an altered backing track for Gangster of Love. The altered version utilized a sample of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Sweet Home Alabama and a “Gangsta Boogie” sample for the chorus. For those who purchased the re-release of the Geto Boys self-titled album, they got this new version of the song which if you think about it, doesn’t make as much sense as the original version which samples Steve Miller saying “call me…call me…yeah, call me the gangster of love.” Anyhow, it seems that everyone who has ripped this album and put it online, has put the re-release version online. Well I have come to save the day and give you all the original out-of-print version that came out in 1990.

1. F#@* ‘Em
2. Size Ain’t s**t
3. Mind Of A Lunatic
4. Gangster Of Love
5. Trigga Happy Nigga
6. Life In The Fast Lane
7. Assassins
8. Do It Like A G.O.
9. Read These Nikes
0. Talkin’ Loud Ain’t Saying Nothin’
11. Scarface
12. Let A Ho Be A Ho
13. City Under Siege


Peace to KingSkullie for the rip and GUCCI C for the link.