Monday, August 21, 2006

samplus ad infinitum

So it's not that uncommon for multiple songs to gank the same sample, I wrote about one example of it not that long ago with Ghostface and M.I.A.'s different interpretations of Dr. Buzzard's "Sunshower". See what I think is an even cooler production phenomenon is the sampling of a sample.

The sample in question? Ini Kamoze's "World A Music"

"World A Music" by Ini Kamoze

Just as is, this song is really nothing special in my mind, which is why it's so interesting that it could make such a great sample with that famous line, "out in the streets, they call it murrrrderrrr". I really prefer "Hotstepper" to this song overall. That song was on FIRE back in the fourth grade.

So from there, we find ourselves with Jr. Gong.

Mr. Damian Marley twisted one line from "World A Music" into one of the most infectious hooks in recent history. To his credit, the youngest Marley has made a lot of awesome music that hasn't been exposed to the masses in the way "Jamrock" has been. Regardless of his other songs though, "Welcome to Jamrock" is radio gold, plain and simple. There was a time in my life where I loved Hot 97 and airhorns (I still love the airhorns) and I owe it all to this wonderful song. This and "Satisfy Her" by I Wayne, but that's a story for another day entirely.

"Welcome to Jamrock" by Damian Marley

The success and the rockingness of the single brought us a ton of remixes, but most stuck to just throwing their own verses on and naming their own city along with the chorus. It works sometimes, it fails other times, but either way it's never terribly exciting. Busta and Kano both offered up versions in this fashion. Kano's is pretty cool. Busta's, ehh.

"Welcome to Jamrock New York" by Busta Rhymes

"Jamrock Freestyle" by Kano

Now, enter Human Crack in the flesh, A!

Juelz was the first one I heard to pop up with a new take on "Jamrock" that wasn't just a new rap done over the same beat. Dipset may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I'd be lying if I said it wasn't my cup of tea. Or at least one variety of tea among many that I do enjoy. One of the things that I love about this song is that Juelz samples a great hook, uses it for the beat, then makes his own great vocal hook to go over it. Maybe there'll be some disagreement out there over whether or not "Murder Murder Murder Murder Ma Murder" constitutes a great hook, but as is the general rule with the Diplomats, it's not neccessarily about content, it's all about delivery.

"Murda, Murda" by Juelz Santana


I got the new Decemberists album, expect a full critique by Thursday or maybe later, who knows. There's a new female vocalist who pops up, I dunno how a feel about it. This track is pretty cool though, partially because it makes me think about the New York Yankees being speared by knives on guns.

"Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then)" by the Decemberists

1 comment:

Sal Paradise said...

i legitimately hate juelz..idk i just cant get down with the diplomats, i feel they lack talent