Last week, we received "The Season," the first Nas solo joint in quite some time. Rapping over J Dilla's 2006 track "Gobstopper," Nasir puts his spin on the jazzy instrumental. Sampled in the Dilla original are Luther Ingram's "To The Other Man" and Mantronix's "King Of The Beats" (the latter of which's siren is sampled throughout Dilla's Donuts). Break down "The Season" below.
Samples Of The Week: November 6
Earlier this week, The Wu-Tang Clan returned with "Ruckus In B Minor," a track from their forthcoming A Better Tomorrow project. Although we don't yet know the samples that form the instrumental RZA concocted, we can source the Ol Dirty Bastard audio that is included in the song. The new track includes unhinged audio of the late ODB yelling amid his tracks "Brooklyn Zoo" and "Protect Ya Neck II The Zoo."
Rockie Fresh has quietly been putting out some of the year's most interesting music, and continued to do so this week with "I Need." The dope, Graduation-esque track samples a song by the same name by singer/songwriter Maverick Sabre for its hook.
Azealia Banks Reveals Cover Art & Tracklist For "Broke With Expensive Taste" [Update: Stream The Album]
Azealia Banks' tracklist, cover art and release date for "Broke With Expensive Taste" surface.
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".