Cecil Holmes has been sampled a few times before, but you might not know much about him. Most of the digging crowd knows him for his cover compilations of 1970′s soul hits. What I recently learned is that he was more of a label dude than a musician. He was actually the co-founder of Casablanca Records (Parliament, KISS, etc…). During his tenure, he created his own subsidiary Chocolate City Records (Cameo). The odd part is, none of his own music was released on either of the labels. The Alchemist used his cover of Barry White’s classic “I’m Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby” for Nas‘ bonus cut “No Ideas Original“.
The original version of “No Ideas Original” appeared on the import version of Stillmatic. That version is synth-heavy and a total opposite of the one that would later be released on The Lost Tapes. I’m not sure who produced the original version as I can’t find any credits for it. Alchemist didn’t do much to the sample; he basically looped the beginning. The track also contains a drum break which was used by Large Professor for Cormega‘s “The Come Up“. Check it out.
There are very few official GangStarr remixes in existance. Many of the real remixes are by DJ Premier himself. Fortunately, this one comes to us from the maestro himself, Large Professor AKA Extra P. The original version of “Got to Get Over” appeared on the soundtrack to non-hip hop related movie Trespass (even though it stars Ice T). The remix appeared on the 12-inch single of the track but unfortunately, I don’t own it. Instead, I copped the remix on a white label/bootleg release “Underground Classics – The Extra P Files“. The remix gives a totally different feel to the track and goes really well with the king of monotone – Guru. Check it out.
Large Professor has recently re-entered the spotlight with the release of his LP Professor @ Large and a vocal appearance on Nas‘s new classic album Life is Good. I decided to post up one of his lesser known works, “Exotic’s Raw“. Extra P produced the track and is also featured on the hook.
Sadly, I don’t have more info on Neek. I know he’s from the same part of Queens as Large Professor – Flushing. The first appearance I know of from him was on Main Source‘s “Fakin’ the Funk” off the White Men Can’t Rap EP. Any more info appreciated. In the meantime, check it out.
The Illusion was a rock group out of Long Island, New York. They found their home on the extremely short-lived label Steed Records. Steed was founded by Jeff Barry, who also produced the group’s first (and only) 3 albums. Why is that relevant? Jeff Barry was partners with musical genius/pyscho Phil Spector. If you don’t already know, he also wrote some of the biggest hits in the history of music. Unfortunately, The Illusion was not part of that legacy.
Legendary producer and dope MC, Large Professor recently released his new album “Professor @ Large“. Extra P used The Illusion track “Happy Days” for his similiary named cut “Happy Days ‘R Here” featuring Lil Fame of M.O.P. The album is extremely dope and if you’re a fan of raw, New York Hip-Hop I recommend copping.
I found this sample easily, because I made a beat using the same one in 2005. Great minds think alike huh? lol. Check out the cut and go out there and support Large Pro!
In 1994, the rapper formerly known as Common Sense was gaining popularity rapidly from his singles “Resurrection” and “I Used to Love H.E.R.“. In order to keep the momentum going, in 1995, his record label re-released the single to “Resurrection” and added 2 new versions, both produced by the one and only Large Professor. Both versions had a totally different sound from the original but were equally as dope. Large Pro used Spirit’s “Ice” for one of the versions. Spirit was a progressive rock group and has several hot joints among their discography.