Kevin Casey’s Sample Saturday – Latimore et Isaac Hayes et Jay-Z

From Reasonable Doubt to In My LIfetime Vol. 1, Jay-Z’s approach as a rapper went through some noticeable changes, lyrically and also with choice of production.  On his debut, the bulk of the tracks were handled by Clark Kent, Ski Beatz, and the homey DJ Premier.  His sophomore effort had a little bit more gloss in it’s production, mostly due to the addition of Puffy’s Hitmen behind the boards.  Lucky for us all, Jay kept a few of his original producers on board for In My Lifetime, and rightfully so, started it off with a DJ Premier produced intro.  The sole amount of music Primo has produced throughout the last twenty years is impressive in itself, and amongst that batch of records is countless classics, including several marked moments in hip hop history.  It is no surprise that his name consistently comes up in the G.O.A.T. producer discussion.  His discography alone has its own Wikipedia page, which I have yet to come across for another hip hop producer.  Preem would be unanimously respected throughout the industry if his career consisted only of his role in Gang Starr, but his legacy and influence has touched the careers of many of the greats, Jay-Z included.

After the breakout success of Reasonable Doubt, all eyes were on Jigga to achieve equal success with the always challenging second album.  After we find out that the man is reloaded, the album jumps into action with that DJ Premier bounce.  In true Primo fashion, “Intro” is built off precise chops from more than one record.  First used is Latimore’s “Let Me Go”, which he skillfully cuts up into three main hits, and then triggers them to the drum pattern.  That section ends, leaving the listener unsure whether the intro is over as they hear a classical sounding sample from Ferrante & Teicher’s “Break Up To Make Up”.  As that sample ends with a chiming triangle hit, a whole new beat begins this time with Isaac Hayes’ “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely” as the centerpiece.  I must say, Hova don’t play around with his intros… I am a HUGE fan of not only this one in particular, but also the openers from The Dynasty, Vol. 3, The Blueprint, and even Kingdom Come to name a few.  I think we need a Primo/Jay-Z track sometime in 2011, come on guys.

Latimore – Let Me Go

Ferrante & Teicher – Break Up To Make Up

Isaac Hayes – Don’t Let Me Be Lonely

Jay-Z – Intro (A Million and One Questions/Don’t Rhyme No More)

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Kevin Casey’s Sample Saturday – Isaac Hayes et Geto Boys

I know I usually put the cover of the sampled record when posting on the great EMPT, but this time I did something different because there is a story behind it (See  The Geto Boys We Can’t Be Stopped album cover is one of the rawest ever. After a long night of drug abuse, member Bushwick Bill shot himself after his girlfriend refused to do so.  This photo was taken after he was brought to the hospital and was used for the album – insane.

On to the music… The Geto Boys are one of the most influential groups in rap history, and along with groups like UGK, put Southern hip-hop on the map.  The group changed members on more than one occasion, but found their most success with members Bushwick Bill, Willie D and Scarface (the real “King of the South”).  In 1992 they released their single “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” which reached number one on the charts and cemented the Geto Boys place in hip-hop history. Packed with paranoia, violence, and hallucinations, the song features some of the haunting storytelling of which the Geto Boys became known for.

The song features a sample from Isaac Hayes’s “Hung Up On My Baby”, a track where Hayes shows off his arrangement and composing ability which made Black Moses one of the greatest musicians ever. Laced with Hayes’s alluring guitar riffs, the Geto Boys turned his gem into a classic of their own.  The sampled record contains so many ill loops, there is enough material to make 5 dope beats, at least.  The Geto Boys use the loop at 0:10 for the main sections of the verses, and then the loop at 0:29 for the hook, which contains a melody catchy enough to whistle along with.  I mean, who’s fucking with Isaac Hayes when it comes to providing samples for classic hip hop records… no one? (P.Walsh / K.Casey)

Isaac Hayes – Hung Up On My Baby

Geto Boys – Mind Playing Tricks On Me

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