Kevin Casey’s Sample Saturday – Jackson 5 et Puff Daddy

Released three months after Biggie’s death, Puff Daddy’s “No Way Out” debuted at number one on the charts.  It contained the number one singles “I’ll Be Missing You” and “Can’t Hold Me Down” which owned the airwaves in the summer of 1997.  The third single, “All About The Benjamins” never made it to number one, but has somehow managed to remain in rotation as one of the few timeless hip hop club records.

The main section of the song was produced using a slowed down sample of the instrumental version of “I Did it For Love” by Love Unlimited.  Puffy opens up the record with some well known lyrics, followed by the LOX, and then Lil’ Kim – “Wanna rumble with the bee huh? Bzzzzz.”  The beat flips completely for Biggie’s verse, which is always a unique move production wise.  In effect it made his place in the song elevated from every one else, which seemed very appropriate.  This section of the beat was built off of the opening bars of “It’s Great to Be Here” by The Jackson 5.  Not much is done with the four bar loop besides being layered with some extra hi hats and record scratches.  Biggie comes through with a verse that is pretty much a quotable from start to finish.  For me, this part is what makes the record special.

Jackson 5 – It’s Great To Be Here

Puff Daddy & The Family – All About The Benjamins

via Kevin Casey Music

The Twelfth Hour

The Twelves

Will someone please explain to me the phenomenon that is time while at work? Doesn’t it feel like right before you get to work time is flying and you can’t move fast enough but the second you sit down it’s like you go into some alternate world and it takes an hour for 5 minutes to pass. Work sucks huh? You know what, I really like the concept of that new Bruce Willis movie. We should have robots that represent us at work while we do important things like thinking of more ways to use robots and not do anything. That probably won’t happen today so I’ve got a little something to help you day dream and procrastinate more than you already do…

The Twelves released a new 60 minute mixtape two days ago and I think my friend Ben’s facebook message describes it best: “new 12s mixtape = predictable amazingness.”  This is the followup to their previous mixtape Episode II, which I never got around to posting but will in the next week or so.  I’ve been listening to this all morning and it rocks, there’s really nothing else to say.  These guys just get it when it comes to song selection and production. The transitions from song to song are seamless, the mash-ups and remixes are top notch and the overall flow and feel is energetic and entertaining all throughout.  it’s quite good.

The Twelfth Hour (Download)

Zeigeist – Humanitarianism (The Twelves Remix)

Zeigeist – Humanitarianism (The Twelves Remix)

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Groove Armada – Drop The Tough (The Twelves Remix)

Drop The Tough (The Twelves B-Live Remix Edit)

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Here’s the set list: