After the scene-setting sound of a needle hitting a record, the album begins with a sample from the soundtrack of a 1973 blaxploitation film called "Every N*gger Is A Star."
After "Wesley's Theory," we get a jazzy interlude that apparently consists of all-live instrumentation, and then it's "King Kunta." All of the samples credited her are lyrical interpolations, from "Annie, are you okay?" (Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal") to "I can dig rappin'" (James Brown's "The Payback") to "We want the funk!" (Ahmad's "We Want The Funk") to "I was gonna kill a couple rappers, but they did it to themselves" (Jay Z's "Thank You"). But the most identical-sounding forebear isn't credited, as parts of it may have been replayed by live musicians in order to avoid direct sampling. Take a listen to Mausberg & DJ Quik's "Get Nekkid" below, and tell me there are no similarities (especially in the bassline).