Mobb Deep released a double-disc compilation, The Infamous Archives
featuring several tracks of unreleased material. The album was a mix of everything from the Infamous-era to the early 2000′s. One of the more recent stand-outs on the album is “All Mine“. There is no production credit listed for the song, so I’m going to assume it’s Havoc until someone tells me otherwise.
Whoever did produce it has an exceptional ear for catching samples. The main loop is buried deep (1:26 seconds in) in the track Chase from “Westworld” by Fred Karlin. The song is off the Westworld soundtrack. I’ve never seen/heard of the movie, but you can read about it on Wikipedia. The soundtrack is pretty boring and contains mostly country-western instrumentals. There are 2 “chase” themes which both have a more modern-70′s soundtrack feel. Take a listen to the track and see if you can hear the Mobb Deep loop.
In an attempt to become relevant again, Wu-Tang partnered up with Think Differently Music to release the compilation Wu-Tang meets Indie Culture. The album was a combination of various Wu-Tang members collabo-ing with underground artists. The result was a fairly decent album with a few good cuts. One of those tracks, is by GZA, “Lyrical Swords” featuring Ras Kass.
The song samples a pretty hillarious cut “Your Little Sister” by The Mighty Marvelows. Most guys can relate to this song – wanting to bang your friend’s younger sister lol. The album is very mid-60′s-ish soul with heavy Doo Wop influence, similiar to The Platters or early work by The Impressions. I copped my copy for $50.00 in VG+ (yikes!). However, I believe the album is a compilation of their 45′s, so you might be able to find the sample cut on it’s own if you don’t want to shell out the cash for the LP. For the bonus trivia question, the album is arranged and produced by Johnny Pate of Shaft in Africa fame.
C’mon everybody do the baseball! This is the throw-back sample of the week, brought to you by rock/funk/blues bank White Lightnin’. “That’s No Lie” was used for the De La Soul classic cut “Fanatic of the B-Word” produced by Prince Paul.
The White Lightnin’ album is actually pretty wack. Other than the first few bars of the sample cut, the rest of the album is very guitar/blues heavy, which I’m not really a fan of. Unless you are a die-hard De La fan or obsessed with records (like me) I wouldn’t advise picking this one up, as it usualy goes for $20-$40.
On a related note, De La Soul just released a new album “First Serve” on Duck Down records.
Sorry, no samples on this one but I had to post. There is no other way to describe this other than some raw, dirty, Chicago-based funk music. The Pharaohs – Black Enuff is from their debut album “Volume 1″. It’s pretty rare (I paid $80.00 for a VG copy). I’m assuming it’s a collection of their various 45′s from the time. Most of the album is in the similiar vein of early 70′s funk (think JB’s). As per the liner notes, the group is responsible for establishing the Affro Arts Theater in Chicago. Not sure if that still exists, but peep this funky track regardless.
Rapper Paul Lipsey recently recorded a track “My Culture” over the Ill Tal instrumental “Captain Morgan & Coke” for his upcoming mixtape/album. The instrumental was featured on the Beatnuts Beat Tape Project about a month ago. Check it out.
Mysterme was a Puerto Rican underground rapper from the Bronx, NYC. He wasn’t the most well-known but his single “Unsolved Mysterme” had a really dope beat with a sampled hook from Lord Finesse.
The irony of “Unsolved Mysterme” is that their are several versions of the song/12-inch. The version pictured above was released in 1993 and features “Version 1″ and “Version 2″ with slightly different beats. I also have a white lable version of the single, but the versions are the same as the Gee Street release. But, there is ANOTHER version with different (better) lyrics that was released in 1992. I’ve had trouble tracking that one down. The only evidence I have of it’s existance is it’s inclusion on some old cassette mix tape I found. Regardless, enjoy this golden era cut.