A few weeks ago, Action Bronson dropped off the psychedelic "Easy Rider," the first cut we've heard from his upcoming debut album, Mr. Wonderful. Since then, we've been trying to track down the trippy sounds that producers Party Supplies flipped for the track, and we've finally hit paydirt. Sampled on "Easy Rider" is "Adımız Miskindir Bizim," a 1974 track by the Turkish group Mazhar-Fuat-Özkan (the part at 2:12), showing once again that Party Supplies are a stellar pair of crafty crate-diggers.
When Yelawolf dropped a track entitled "Primus Freestyle" this week, my first thought was 'This can't mean he's freestyling over a song y Primus, the band..." but oh, how wrong I was. What to my wondering ears should appear but Yelawolf rapping over the funk/metal/rock band's "My Name Is Mud," leading me to believe that the MC attended some jam band concerts back in the day. Yelawolf's now probably the only person in the world to have rapped over a Les Claypool bassline, and I love him for that.
Travi$ Scott's recently-released Days Before Rodeo tape is very, very good. You already know this. But something that makes it even better (at least for me) is learning that he sampled the legendary neoclassical composer Philip Glass on the tape's intro track, "Days Before Rodeo: The Prayer." Expertly flipping the opening theme Glass composed for the 1992 film "Candyman," Scott gives himself an ominous backdrop to introduce his druggy, excellent tape.
A breakdown of the week's hottest tracks by their samples.
When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh honey".