Kevin Casey’s Sample Saturday – The Charmels et Wu-Tang

RZA’s production on 36 Chambers changed the direction of New York hip hop, and my future in music.  I’ve been listening to the album consistently since it came out in 1993, which is over half my life. Kind of crazy to think of it that way.  Snippets from martial arts movies and haunting soul samples create quite the sound-scape.  The gritty mixes and distorted drums can be largely attributed to the style (and lack) of equipment RZA used, which defines the album.

“C.R.E.A.M.” was the most successful of the singles on 36 Chambers, making it into the Billboard Top 100, which was a huge accomplishment considering it was a brand new sound.  ”As Long as I Got You” by The Charmels is one of those samples you wished you found first – but would never have flipped it like RZA.  He starts off with the loop taken from 0:20, then goes back and uses the 0:16 chop a few times.  Then comes the (1) drums, (2) the opening bars of the sample, and (3) “I grew up on the crime side, the New York time side…” – certified classic moment in Hip Hop history.

The Charmels – As Long As I’ve Got You

Wu-Tang – C.R.E.A.M.

via Kevin Casey Music