Sample Saturdays: “No More Parties in LA” by Kanye West

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Kanye West released the full version of “No More Parties in LA” earlier this week. The beautiful track features Kendrick Lamar and Madlib’s signature sounds, samples and loops. The song isn’t new but it sounds like it. The song was recorded around Kanye’s 2010 album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. You can hear Kanye refer to a verse in the 2014 Stones Throw documentary, Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton  at the 21:44 mark. The sample within “No More Parties” is Junie Morrison’s “Suzie Thundertussy” (and surprisingly Drake’s uncle). The 1970s is obviously important to current music due to its influence and large amount of songs that have been sampled. Suzie Thundertussy was released in 1976 on Junie’s album, Suzie Super Groupie. In the early 1970s, Walter “Junie” Morrison was a vocalist and producer for the the funk Ohio Players. Junie left the band in 1974 to release three solo albums, including Suzie Supergroupie which provided this perfect sample.

Madlib supposedly released five beats to Kanye and fortunately this Madlib-produced track brought back the flow and feel of old Kanye. With Swish releasing in February, we’re close to figuring out if most of the album is produced by Madlib. If all of the tracks are like “No More Parties in LA”, I’m down for it and I’m sure everyone else is too.

 aafleur recommendation: Listen to the sample first

And remember everyone, Nothing is new under the sun.

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