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Hip hop music really gets my juices flowing. I would say it’s the only form of art that has truly fascinated me. But that’s a topic for another day. Recently I’ve become interested in hip hop’s origins and how my favorite producers use samples from old and obscure artists to create an entire new feel and experience while paying their dues to the pioneers of the culture’s music. It’s truly magic.

 I first stumbled onto this jam on Edan’s ’05 album Beauty and the Beat. Brilliant.

Prince Paul already used this loop
But I’ma keep it movin’ and put you up on the scoop

Prince Paul did use that exact loop on his 1996 album Psychoanalysis: What Is It?. The track, “Open Your Mouth (Hypothalamus)”, is 56 seconds of the “I Can Sing a Rainbow” beat with uncomfortable sex noises. Not exactly worth a listen. Edan was able to give it justice nine years later.

Where did it come from? The Dells’ 1969 hit “I Can Sing a Rainbow/Love Is Blue” medley. One of the baddest tracks I’ve ever heard.

While listening to that for the first time, I immediately recognized “Love Is Blue” from a beat by one of the best producers out there, Exile.

After some digging, it pops up again as the driving force on the Lewis Parker produced Ghostface Killah track “Shakey Dog” from the modern classic Fishscale.

“I See Colours”, “My World Is”, and “Shakey Dog” are key songs on three of most highly acclaimed hip hop albums of the 2000’s. Oh and it’s here, too. (26 sec)

The more you dig, the more you find. (“Gangsta Gangsta” by Lupe Fiasco is another one) This is influence. The Dells. Who knew?

Note: Psychoanalysis: What Is It? is a pretty insane and experimental album. Worth a listen, just to say you did.

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