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Kevin Casey’s Sample Saturday – Gladys Knight et Labi Siffre et Wu-Tang Clan

I can’t think of two many pairs of rappers that mesh on a track like Raekwon and Ghostface (um, Outkast maybe? M-O-B-B?).  If you take their verses off 36 Chambers it’s definitely not the same project, especially when it comes to tracks that they hold down together like “Can It All Be So Simple”. The Hype Williams video is as grimey as the lyrics in the song, giving a great visual for the record. “Can It All Be So Simple” was amongst the group of songs on my Rap Mix tape that lived in my walkman throughout my entire 6th grade school year.  In my opinion The Chef is the MVP of the album, providing hundreds of classic lines for us to recite the last 15+ years.  He gave the world a vivid look into the reality of life in a New York City ghetto in the 1980’s…

Yeah, my pops was a fiend since sixteen.  Shootin’ that (that’s that shit!) in his blood stream. That’s the life of a crimey, real live crimey. If niggas know the half is behind me…

Not too much to be said about what Rza’s production has meant to the game that I haven’t already mentioned on a Sample Saturday post.  No one has proved to be better at combining samples from different sources, this case being another great example.  Source #1 is Gladys Knight & The Pips’ “The Way We Were” which is used for the quote in the intro, and also the chop from 1:08 that makes up the hook and title of the record.  The Gladys sample is combined with a loop from Labi Siffre’s “I Got The”, who’s familiar opening bars are from Jay-Z’s “Streets Are Watching”.  For the Wu record, RZA takes the drum and bass loop from the 2:10 mark, and somehow combines it seamlessly with the Gladys chop.  By 2012 I predict I analyze every track from 36 Chambers on a Sample Saturday. Hey, why not.

Gladys Knight & The Pips – The Way We Were

Labi Siffre – I Got The

Wu Tang Clan – Can It All Be So Simple

via KevinCaseyMusic

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