"Insomniak," featuring Rick Ross, was one of the sure highlights of Faces, and it includes a couple of recognizable samples. The first is a quick splash of D'Angelo's "Untitled (How Does It Feel)," spliced in around 1:08, and the second is an interpolation of lyrics from Drake's "Worst Behavior."
The third to last track on Mac Miller's Faces, "Thumbalina" contains a sample from another white rapper, Mike D of The Beastie Boys. His lyrics from "Slow Ride," "They got a committee to get me off the block" are looped and distorted for Miller's purposes on this track.
One of many soulful jams on Faces, "Therapy" makes great use of a sample from obscure jazz-funk band Aquarian Dream. Their track "Yesterday" originally appeared on 1978's Fantasy, and may not have ever surfaced again were it not for Miller's crate-digging.
A special Mac Miller edition of Samples Of The Week.
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".
This week, many of the best samples were deployed on Mac Miller's Faces mixtape, so we've decided to break down three tracks from the release. Check back every Thursday for more record breaks from your favorite artists.
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