Sample Saturdays: “Carol’s City” by Twelve’len

Twelve’len, now a solo act, is straight out of Carol City, FL. He released his debut album Friends a few months ago. Friends is dreamy, bubbly and colorful. The themes of friendship, relationships, and happy melodies make a fun, radiant album. “Carol’s City” is the breakdown of the tenth track “Girl from Nowhere”. It samples “Beam Ahh”, an…

Sample Saturdays: “Rhinestone Cowboy” by Madvillain

The Olympics are still taking place in Brazil and I’m half-way supporting it (It’s done too much damage to Brazil and Brazil’s poor). For today’s Sample Saturday, I’m going to introduce you to the Brazilian pop singer, Maria Bethânia, and how she influenced Madlib and MF Doom. MF Doom and Madlib formed the duo, Madvillain,…

Sample Saturdays: “Chamber of Reflection” by Mac Demarco

Chamber of Reflection is track 9 on Mac Demarco’s second studio album Salad Days. Mac Demarco fans have questioned the FreeMason reference in the song title but I’ll leave “conspiracies” out of the post. They’ve also questioned whether Demarco gave credit for sampling but at least we know who he sampled. Mac Demarco is a…

Sample Saturdays: “Butter” by A Tribe Called Quest

Unfortunately, the world lost Phife Dawg (Malik Taylor) aka The Five-Foot Assassin on March 22nd of this year. In honor of his life and distinctive raps, the series will feature “Butter”. The catchy chorus stuck with me since my first listening of The Low End Theory. “Butter” is the third track on A Tribe Called Quest’s second…

Sample Saturdays: “Freestyle 4” by Kanye West

Kanye West has dominated this series due to his smart use of samples (and my bias). His latest album, The Life of Pablo, has been the most talked about album since he aired it at his Yeezy Season 3 showing. The album features juxtaposing gospel samples, 808s and raunchy lyrics. It’s an avant-garde “gospel album” that…

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

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…

Sample Saturdays: “Runaway Groom” by Charles Hamilton

Today, the sample is from a throwback track by Charles Hamilton. Back when he had the Sonic persona, Charles was spouting out more mixtapes than Future in 2015. In 2009, Charles sampled The Isley Brothers’ Footsteps In The Dark, a song released in 1977 (The 70s rule) on their album Go For Your Guns. Footsteps…

Sample Saturdays: “Smuckers” by Tyler the Creator

   Tyler, Kanye and Wayne on one track? Yup. Smuckers is track 11 on Tyler the Creator’s latest album Cherry Bomb. Kanye West and Lil Wayne bring Tyler’s favorite era in each of their verses; Tyler loved and asked for Kanye’s College Dropout era and Wayne’s early 2000s era. Tyler originally made the beat in…

Sample Saturdays: “Hotline Bling” by Drake

I know and you know that Hotline Bling has run it’s course (and you know this because Donald Trump danced to it on SNL) but there’s controversy that needs to be settled. Drake has been accused of stealing D.R.A.M’s style from his latest hit, Cha Cha. That is wrong and needs to be squashed. Drake’s…

Sample Saturdays: “Shadows” by Childish Gambino

I’m still patiently waiting for new Childish Gambino, but this new post for Sample Saturday will feature Shadows from his latest album, Because the Internet. Because the Internet is Gambino’s second studio album. It mixed screenplay styles with music and delved into the depths of the internet. II. Shadows is track #6 on the album…

Sample Saturdays: “Addiction” by Kanye West

Samples have always been an important part of music, especially with Hip Hop. They span from different eras like the Jazzy 1920s, Funky 1970s and all throughout time. This series will provide the sample lovers with different finds each Saturday. To start off, the sample from Kanye West’s Addiction will be featured. “Addiction”(Track number 11)…