|iCrate Diggers: Week #009
“but Nas told’em it was mines right before halftime“
The opening track to “Below The Heavens” starts off with a Joni Mitchell sample of the MC’s name “Blu” and drops into a suspenseful soul driven orchestra of fire. What makes this flip a great use of the sample, is that its relevant to the artist whose spitting over the beat. “I Can Sing a Rainbow” has a vocal section of the MC’s name…”Blu”. Exile layered the vocals “Blu, my world is Blu” on top of the beat which is just plain dope!! He also filtered out the bass line and made it sound extremely thick and heavy. For those who aren’t familiar with Exile, he’s nasty when drumming live on the MPC.
Both Exile and Parker use vintage hardware. Exile on his MPC and Parker is known for using the SP 1200, made famous by the 1 and only Pete Rock as well as countless others, Large Professor, etc. Despite the fact that both producers sampled the same piece of music, both tracks have a certain context each their own. Another rendition of this sample be heard in the choosing of a beat in the studio with Joell Ortiz and Corey Gunz.
Lastly RIP to Killa Sha (Prince AD) of the group the Killa Kids from Queens. A QB vet, one of the underrated spitters from Queens, Sha passed away early this morning from his battle with Diabetes. Check out a Sha-Lumi interview over at UnKut. Once again RIP. Check back for another sample as we return in 2 weeks! Questions or comments get at me @KoolPapaiLL