For his and Action Bronson's ridiculously enjoyable "Big League Chew," veteran producer The Alchemist dug into his many crates of records to unearth a 1971 track called "Hot And Nasty" by Black Oak Arkansas. Using the driving drum break that opens the song, Uncle Al provided Bronsalino just the right pocket to flow over.
Samples Of The Week: February 5
The only thing I was disappointed about when I heard that Cannibal Ox would be dropping a new album this year was that El-P (who produced the entirety of their legendary album The Cold Vein) wasn't onboard. He's apparently too busy on some side project with a guy named Killer Mike... But after hearing the first track, the DOOM-assisted "Iron Rose," it seems like they'll be able to manage without him. Producer Bill Cosmiq provides some suitably... well, cosmic sounds for the three MCs to flow over, and samples a bit of the soundtrack from a 1982 Italian horror film to achieve this. Listen to Fabio Frizzi's wildly weird "Introduzione-Paura-Liberazione" below.
Alright, this last one isn't a straight sample, but it's too funny to not include. Big Sean and Drake linked up for their huge track "Blessings" last week, and for the hook, Drizzy seemed to take some inspiration from the most unlikely of sources. Singing "I'm here for a good time, not a long time," the Canadian superstar ostensibly copped some bars from a Texan he's been known to admire. Yes, George Strait, who resides in the same state as all of Drake's exes (according to "HYFR"), sang "I ain't here for a long time, I'm here for a good time" on a 2011 track called "Here For A Good Time," and those lyrics are too close to chock this up to mere coincidence.
It remains to be seen if Strait will receive a writing credit on "Blessings," but if Trinidad Jamescan get credit for "Uptown Funk" and Taylor Swift can trademark the phrase "this sick beat," he deserves it.
Vinylz Talks About Creation Of J. Cole's "Tale Of 2 Citiez" & Big Sean's "Blessings"
We hit the buzzing producer Vinylz to get the low-down on "Blessings" and what else he's cooked up lately.
Find out who Action Bronson, Cannibal Ox and Big Sean/Drake sampled this week.
After devoting a few of the most recent editions of "Samples Of The Week" to break down sample-heavy albums by J. Cole, Lupe Fiasco. Joey Bada$$ and Fabolous, we return to the usual format this week. That means it's back to covering three big tracks that dropped this week, and this time around, they're taken from all corners of the hip-hop spectrum. First, Action Bronson paired up with The Alchemist for a dusty gem, then Cannibal Ox returned with DOOM in tow for one of their space-age anthems, and the last track on the list... well, you know what the biggest song of the week was.