Monday, July 28, 2008

Digable Planets - Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space) [The Samples]

"Our funk zooms like we hit the Mary Jane." Here is another sample set courtesy of John Q & Ivan, of Hip Hop Is Read,with some more swing for the masses. Digable Planets Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space), released September 27, 1993, was the crew's unique introduction to the world. The crew would vibe on abstract thoughts of their place in the universe and digging on where their stance was within the world. The other thoughts touched upon this album was abortion rights (La Femme Fetal), how their sound (and themselves) originate from the everywhere (Where I'm From), What The Mind is (Time & Space), and of course, how cool they are (Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)). The DPs rely quite favorably on a variety of samples to fill out their sound. The samples range from jazz staples such as Sonny Rollins and Herbie Hancock to soul andr&b staples such as Kool & The Gang and Curtis Mayfield. The samples give the album a sparse and wide spectrum for the DPs to dwell within.

So, with all that said, enjoy a great sample set (Trust Me, you like the way the music sounds, I guarantee it(again)). Big Ups to Ivan for setting up the stuff to make this look so good. Hell, this is all Ivan and he let me have some room in this project. so without further ado, here is Digable Planets - Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space) [The Samples]:

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So, peace to the nation, the people that represent, and those cats that never bug out to the extreme

Yo, If word is bond
then Q is gone

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

"Woke Up Early On My Born Day"

*Kool & The Gang Plays in the Background*

Actually Woke Up, a little Late on my Born day,
I'm ____ as I....

You Know what it is

So, peace to the nation, the people that represent, and those cats that never bug out to the extreme

Yo, If word is bond
then Q is gone

Monday, July 21, 2008

"Random Music Drop - Vol. 1"

Today, I feel in the mood to do one of those "What The Heck" post and just go with the flow (said in Doom Voice). So, I guess this is the start of something new for the masses. Who knows I may continue to switch things up until I can only stay one side????!!!!!!

ANn-NIE-WHOO (Said In Arnold Schwarzenegger Voice (Trust Me, Adds More Comedic effect and so much more fun)), lets delve into the subject of today's post. Coming Up to bat, from who knows where (and who gives a damn), let's here for Random Dope A*S Music Drops (The fans start to cheer). Do you know where I am goin with this? *shakes head in a confused manner* Good, cause niether Do I!!!!! So let's see what John Q has up the shirt (with no sleeves):

Dr. Dre & Snoop Doggy Dogg - Deep Cover 12"
I CAN FEEL IT!!! Man, tell where you at when you first heard those words and that bumping a*s beat drop. Dre drops a gem with production duties for this track, that was for the Deep Cover movie (yeah, kinda of remember seeing it). This track is what you play before you handle your business (in stock marketing that is (says it with a straight face ready to break chrarter like Jimmy Fallon (and yet he still became a success, oh how the mighty have fallen (looking in SNL's direction))). Ther most amazing thing about this track is not even the banging production, but the introduction of this cat (or dog, the choice is yours) named "Snoop Doogy Dogg. Whonder how long he was going to keep that name, but him and Dre straight tear up this track and there whole style over this track was a hint of what great things were to come for the Back-To-The-Future.......

Urban Thermo Dynamics - Manifest Destiny 12"
YOUNG (AND UNPOLISHED) MIGHTY MOS DEF!!! This is what probably comes to mind when everyone thinks of this crew (or is that just me (Hmm...)). Anyway, I did not really get into the U.T.D.'s debut (and only) album because um i had to go and fix the car, then take out the trash, then mow the lawn, and then... wait hold on, I am not giving my girl excuses for not picking up the horn, just excuses for not listening to a UTD album, my bad... Anywho, remember those excuses for later, they may be helpful (or detrimental (see there I go again torn better how things will trun out, like those books that tell you to go one page for one path of the story and go to another for a different path). Ok, but all off-tangent thoughts aside, I just haven't listened to their album, yet. But, I have heard this 12" release (of course), and it is pretty solid. Diamond D laces UTD with a beat he had on his dope "Stunts, Blunts, & Hip-Hop" debut album (Hip-Hop is like that, Trust Me) abd us us nice to hear that beat utilized fully (The beat was used on the fairly quick on that album). Mos, Ces (his sister), and DCQ (his Brother) (It's A Family Affair), come correct on this track with Mos, shockingly, standing out as the premier MC in this crew (although you can't front on Ces). The 12" contains insturmentals and J-Swift, of Pharycde Fame, drops his remix of this track with good effort. Funny how Mos does not really get into this part of career today (I Means discussing his past musical endeavors).

Crooklyn Dodgers - Crooklyn 12"
NEVER TAKING SHORTS CUZ BROOKLYN IS THE BOROUGH!!! This song should be include in every mixtape that explores Brooklyn's Hip Hop history (yes, it is that good).Where to beign with this song, umm.. the production. The haunting, evocative beat comes courtesy of ... A Tribe Called Quest. Huh. This is the word that came to mind when I first leanred this. The soundscape the tribe provides here is a departure from the sounds that they crafted around this time and this record sort of harkens more a "Low End Theory" Sound, than the "Midnight Maruaders" they came out with around this time (This is 94 we talks about (Top 2 Hip-Hop Year, but that's for another time). Looking back, I should not be so shocked the Tribe produeced this gem (I mean, Tip wore a Crooklyn sweater in "Electric Relaxation" video for goodness sake). Tip and Ali did some great work back in the days. The Lyricists chosen fo rthis track did more than this fare share to do the beat justice. Speical Ed (He Still Got it Made), Masta Ace (where's the Biz) and Buckshot (Still Got Da Props) come in full effect on this record. Speical Ed comes in with that madmamn, nonsense sh*t, I from Brooklyn attitude that a lot of cats rocked in the 90's (and may still rock to this day). Who can Masta Ace's description of the cats you used to watch on the tele in the 70's (Rerun and Roger down in the block from Dwayne (he had a Glock and selling Rock??!!)). Buckshot comes through with that relaxed, reflective to provide ablance amongst the three MCs. Man they don't collabos like this anymore (says this in disapponinted tone)!!!

Miles Davis - In A Silent Way
BEAUTIFUL SILENCE!!! DID you really think that this post (or Blog, for that matter) would just be restricted to Hip Hop Music. Wait, you did??!! OK, now go and slap you self silly for limiting your range of music. Don't you know to grow, is to expand your verizon, I Mean, HORIZON, yeah, that's what I meant. By now, You should know who Miles Davis is and what he is to jazz. You know that reinventing thing Uncle L and The Material Girl do every thirty seconds, well Miles Davis did that before sh*t ethier one knew about how to fully utilize their musicial skills. Miles Davis has so many seminal albums, with his best being "Kind of Blue", but my favorite Jazz album by him is "In A Silent Way". This album is just a thing of beauty to bestow upon the ears. The album has two pieces to its composition. "Shh/Peaceful" is the first composition full of a mellow and chill vibe with John McLaughlin, the guitairist, playing the a elegant riffs on his guitar and Miles comes in cool, but peacfully (see what I did there) playing and everthing just jells on this track. "In a Silent Way/It's About That Time: In a Silent Way/It's About Time" is the second, and final composition of this record and is the track to behold. It takes a while to start up, but when it does, Joe Zawinul, the keyboradist, will entrance into his world will his brief solo on the keys, and Miles comes in later, like the Cool cat he was, and play into the scene as everyone else joins in as the track progress. "In A Silent Way" is what you play at night to admire the secrets and beuaty it holds within itself (Play it, Relax, and See for yourself)

So Without Further adom here is the Random Music Drop - Vol 1:

Dr. Dre - Deep Cover

1 Deep Cover (U-N-C-E-N-S-O-R-E-D) (4:27)
2 Deep Cover (Radio Version) (3:48)
3 Deep Cover (Instrumental) (3:54)
4 Deep Cover (187 Remix) (3:35)

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Urban Thermo Dynamics - Manifest Destiny

1 Manifest Destiny (Diamond's Clean Radio Edit) (4:10)
2 Manifest Destiny (Diamond's Dirty Version) (4:42)
3 Manifest Destiny (Diamond's Instrumental) (4:42)
4 Manifest Destiny (J-Swift's Clean Radio Edit) (4:10)
5 Manifest Destiny (J-Swift's Dirty Version) (5:10)
6 Manifest Destiny (J-Swift's Instrumental) (5:10)

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Crooklyn Dodgers - Crooklyn

1 Crooklyn (Baseball Mix) (4:32)
2 Crooklyn (Full Mix) (4:34)
3 Crooklyn (Acapella) (4:20)
4 Crooklyn (Instrumental) (4:28)

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Miles Davis - In A Silent Way

1 Shhh / Peaceful (18:30)
2 In A Silent Way/It's About That Time (20:00)

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Digable Planets - Blowout Comb [The Samples]

"We Jettin, We Jettin, We Jettin Everywhere!!!!" Here is another sample set courtesy of John Q & Ivan, of Hip Hop Is Read,with some swing for the masses. Digable Planets Blowout Comb, released October 18, 1994,was the second album by this crew. The crew looked to progress deeper into their beliefs and discuss where they come from (BROOKLYN (said in Mos Def voice)). The crew abandoned the sample heavy (kinda of) reliance of their first album, Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space), for more live instrumentation with some samples thrown into the mix. This gives the album a fuller and richer feel to it than the abstract and sparse sound of the first album. From Roy Ayers (always a staple in Hip Hop sampling) to Bobbi Humphrey, this album is deep in music that ranges from jazz to soul to even a little music you may not expect the DP's to sample.

So, with all that said, enjoy a great sample set (Trust Me, you like the way the music sounds, I guarantee it). Big Ups to Ivan for setting up the stuff to make this look so good. So without further ado, here is Digable Planets - Blowout Comb [Samples]:.

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So, peace to the nation, the people that represent, and those cats that never bug out to the extreme

Yo, If word is bond
then Q is gone

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

"I Be to Rap, What Key Be To Lock"

AND WERE BACK!!!! Thank you folks for joining our program in progress. Now Tiger Woods lines up for the putt on the 18th and, yes, this is for the championship. Tiger goes up to putt and... he MAKES IT, HE MAKES IT. Now the interview goes over to Tiger and asks him "Is there anyone who you would like to thank for this". Tiger: "Yes, I would like to thank family, friends and that cat with the dope blog. Um what's that place again...OH..Lyrics to Go (said in chorus like voice like Tip's).

That scenario for above was brought to you by the letters LTG and any number that comes to mind. ANNNKNEEETHEWHOOO, lets get back into this thang called blogging. Today on the menu we got some cats on operate on some other world vibe. But, these are some of the flyest people yous may ever meet. Still, have no idea of who I am digging (*HINT, MOTHERFING, HINT*) on. Well then Scroll on down (said in Bob Barker Voice manner):

DIGABLE PLANETS (said in children unison voice). I would get into their story but you don't want that. Oh wait you do. Well, one day... yada yada yada, blasha, blasha, blasha (Listen to CAMP LOWOAH, Trust Me), Look if you visit this blog you know these cats. Digable Planets style was basically in thier music: Laid back easing over tracks that usually had crpytic meanings (Think of the Field of Ms. Badu, just a little more easing). The tracks had some jazz to it that you felt like you could be a jazz club as you listened to their music (or at lieast I feeelss like that at times).

The group is a Trio of MCs consist of Butterfly, Doodlebug, and Ladybug Mecca. These three cats could straight up flow and a unique thing about this group is that the female MC (who is a Dime) was arguably the best MC in the group (Think Fugees, but earlier and not a lot singing). The group is most well known for their first album Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space) and the hit single it spawned: Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat). With that, This leads us into the subject of today's post: The Planets 12"s from their First Album.

*Sidenote: As much as people like ther first album, I actually like thier second album better for they grew as artist and you could hear that, but more on that in a future post*

Up to Bat First:

Digable Planets - Rebirth of Slick(Cool Like Dat) 12"
This is the is the song the crew is most well known for (I mean everytime someone remebers them they say "Didn't they make "Cool Like Dat" and not really remeber the songs title"). This is one of, if not, the best song released by said planets. Butterfly was one of the main producers on the album and had to have a hand in this song's production creation. This song is just drenched in slickness. The bass kicks in and you have just entered onto another world. The Horns only add to the chill vibe of the world and the MCs can't help but just sweat themselves for how fly the be. Butterfly, Ladybug Mecca, and Doodlebug all zone on how cool they be and actually show off how what style of rapping the each of them encase as MCs. Everything, the production and Mcs, just mesh so well and it is no wonder this is the biggest hits by the Planets. This is proabably the most accessible these cats would be to the general public and this songs popularity propelled as foreruneers in the rap game (for a brief time) because they were non-threating and different from the norm of the rap game (in a certain way). Hey, they won a grammy for this song, so it was all good. The B-Side just featured remixes that could be considerd hit or misses, but hey, the attraction should be the song itself.

Digable Planets - Where I From 12"
The next single released by the Planets. This song was not as popular as their previousm but no less dope than their first single. The production on this track, is again, great (with the gutiar licks throw in for good measure) and the MC's just flow on where the be from. I like how they so general on this track on the topic of where the orginate from they say things that you can't really connect to one place. Look, they say they come from everywhere. *Sidenote - It is funny how much they repped NY, when none of them were bron or grew up in the NYC. The point here is that go to NYC and tell me you are the same person when you leave (someone tries to tell me something, but one stern look and they cut nonsense out). The 12" features remixes and the Ohridgnal (that's how they wrote it) with some bonus beats and..and a bonus song (you may digs it). Preety Dope 12" IMO.

Digable Planets - Nickel Bags
The Final Single released by the DP's. This is actually one of my favorite songs by them. Now, if you could not tell the connection the planets had with that Chronic, then you did not really listen to the album (actually, maybe you did not have it, so go cop that, and the second album, NOW).This song is so smooth with the MCs going at how they get lifted off "Nickel Bags of... Funk" see what they did there. They step correct on this track just not really getting to deep into things and just vibing off the music. The production is sweet with that repeated drum kick (i may be wrong and flute sounds just to add to airyness of the song (airyness not a word, don't give a DAMNNN (Said In Chris Tucker Smokey Voice)). The B-Side is actaully something different with a song from their album, Appointment At The Fat Clinic. The song has a fading horn sound with some crashing drums and other things you may hear, as the DPS digging on Jazz and it's stance in the rap game and also going on whatever came to mind (trust Me, When you hear this song you will believe Butterfly and Ladybug just freestlyed over the track.) Another Cool 12" by the DPs, Anyway!!!

So here is the:

Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat) 12"
Where I'm From 12"
Nickel Bags 12"

and, of couuurrrseee, a little sum-something extra:

Digable Planets - Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)

Digable Planets - Where I'm From (Remix Video)

Digable Planets - Nickel Bags

So now, the main event you have been waiting for (or just skipped down to download, but if you do this, leave a comment or ELSE (just kidding, but seriously, In James Earl Jones voice, have some message for John Q on this or any other post you feeel freee to discuss, it's all goooood):

Digable Planets - Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat) 12"
1 Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat) (Crashing Giant Step Mix) (4:34)
2 Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat) (Crashing Instymix) (4:34)
3 Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat) (Uh-Oh Planet Earth Albumix) (4:22)
4 Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat) (Uh-Oh Planet Earth Instymix) (4:22)
*5 Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat) (Ohridgnal)
*6 Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat) (Instrumix)

*Sidenote: These are not on the original 12", but I included them becuase if you really like the song, you would want original and the instrumental to it, wouldn't you?


Digable Planets - Where I'm From 12"
1 Where I'm From (Aural G. Ride 12") (4:48)
2 Where I'm From (Ohridgnal 12") (4:30)
3 Where I'm From (Aural G. Ride Novox Mix) (4:48)
4 Where I'm From (DJ Boneus Beats) (2:07)
5 Califlower (Spiddyocks Go West) (3:43)


Digable Planets - Nickel Bags 12"
1 Nickel Bags (Albumix) (3:23)
2 Nickel Bags (Sneak A Beshu) (5:22)
3 Nickel Bags (Instymix) (3:23)
4 Appointment At The Fat Clinic (Albumix) (3:22)
5 Appointment At The Fat Clinic (Instymix) (3:22)
6 Nickel Bags Of Bites (3:23)


Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Pharcyde - Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde [The Samples]

From John Q:
Hitting you cats up with another gem. This set comes courtesy of yours truly and Kevin, of Kevin!Nottingham: This Is Real Hip Hop. This set may have been one of the most difficult in compiling (checks spelling later) becuase some of these tracks can only found in places where Jimmy Hoffa resides. The production on this track is truly Bizzare, but amazing. J-Swift provides the listener witha dense and jazzy spectrum to ride through (see what I didi there with the ride and the.. aw never mind). The intro for the album sets the tone and some of the samples for the album truly suprised me like, of course Jimmy Hendrix, and Stanley Cowell. J-Swift also play quite a few instruments on the album like the piano and he had some help on the drums from a fellow producer.

Look, this is one of the best sets I have put together, in tag-team with Kev Nottingham, and everyone should cop this set. So enjoy folks until the next set!!!!

From Kevin:
John Q from Lyrics To Go hit us up again with another sweet sample set! Like other 90s back packer albums from artists such as De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde make great use of old jazz and funk samples. I found it extremely interesting that they sampled Madhouse, which if you don't know was a jazz band Prince put together in the 80s.

Bizarre Ride featured the acclaimed production work of J-Swift, who provides the album with a lush, jazzy soundscape through use of live instrumentation and sampling. Aside from the samples, Swift also provided piano, as well as, bass on the album, and fellow producer JMD provided drums arrangements. All Music Guide calls the album's production "easily some of the tightest and most inventive of any hip-hop record of the era." NME magazine stated, "The Pharcyde use jazz samples and phat beats to the ultimate effect: to create their own sonic Utopia.".

This collection right here should be in everybody's library as it is in itself a library of great music. Just check the tracklist, download, and see for yourself!