Category Archives: THE STAND OUT SAMPLES
Some of Overproof Pete’s favorite track’s that distinctively stand out from the way the instrument/s have been utilised, regardless of the MC. Could be a loop, one shot, live, synthetic or sampled.
Well here’s a little doco that slipped through my viewing crackholes about a song ya may have heard before called “Apache” by Michael Viner’s Incredible Bongo Band.
Cold lampin’ on the couch the other night I was scrolling through the endless amount of generally subpar shit on Aus Netflix looking for a new show or movie to replace the life changing experience of Stranger Things. Could anything compare or compete with the brilliance I had just witnessed over 8 episodes…probably not!
So anyway, I came across a new release called ” Sample This”. Great! New music doco. Well, kinda. It’s a 2012 doco, but either way I had never heard of it. The title seemed familiar, but then again it’s pretty stock.
So I sat down and began watching….and low and behold….I quickly realised I’m watching a doco about the Incredible Bongo Band’s seminal B-Boy record of choice,”Apache”.
An hour and 25 minutes of breaking down the track, the band members, Michael Viner’s life, politics and various interviews with original band members and Hip Hop Kings (I’m excluding Af Bam’s fuckin’ retarded glasses from this) and narration from Gene Simmons, I came to the conclusion that this is well worth a watch. I can listen to this track over and over everyday for the rest of my life, and it will never bore me.
That’s pretty much the premise of the doco. It’s a great watch but quite disjointed in it’s narrative at times and takes some strange paths. I learnt so much from it regardless, especially about who Michael Viner actually was. But the highlight for me, has to be the Grandmaster Caz interviews. What a legend and ultimate Hip Hop head. Scroll past the standard Bam shit, and look out for Caz! Genius! Plenty of great people interviewed. I’ll leave that for you to discover.
Anyways, “Sample This” is well worth checking out. There’s a lot of great moments and knowledge dropped. And yeah, Gene Simmons was actually a friend of MV’s, that’s why he’s narrating. Recommended.
On Netflix now.
Hit em’ with that bass! That’s fucking right. For ‘The Stand Out Samples’ this post, In no particular order here are 15 tracks with standout bass lines that punch you straight in the bread basket.
Single Minded Pros feat. Pacewon – You know its like that.
Produced by Dj Rude (Earatik Statik and Single Minded Pros)
Not much in the way of a production credits from this DJ/Producer but what more do you need than the bellowing finger picked bass, tight kit and Brick City’s Pacewon (The Outsidaz) finishing it off?
You’ll find this track on Tony Touch – The Last Of The Pro Ricans, CD or from the original Single minded Pros – Session 2, 12″
Black Moon – How Man MC’s
Produced by the Da BeatMinerz (Evil Dee & Mr. Walt)
Taken from the 93 classic, Enta Da Stage. This album is gully as fuck. The production from the minerz is incredible! The whole LP has that filthy low end sample based, organic sound which came to be that 90’s sound me and my mates love. This one being my personal standout with that nice pop bass.
M.O.P. – Cold As Ice
Produced by Fizzy Womack
This track speaks for itself. Mo-pees on some cold ass thug shit. It could have fallen under a piano keys category but Fizzy’s chops and compression pushed on the bass sampled from, you guessed it… Cold as Ice by Foreigner make this shit certified body music. You’ll find this track on Mash Outs Warriorz album.
Big Punisher feat. Fat Joe – Twinz (Deep Cover 98)
Originally produced by Dr. Dre
A quality track of Pun’s Capital Punishment. I’m favorable to this one a little more than the OG joint Deep Cover 187 by Dre and Snoop. Not sure where this bass is from. It’s nothing that technical, just a simple yet effective loop. Its the little two bar intro that always sticks out in my mind and works its magic when the uptempo drum break, making room for blackout out back 2 back straight spittin.
Alchemist feat. Prodigy and Nas -Tic Toc
Produced by The Alchemist
Bang two bars of this Side Effect original on 45 and mix it with some of that ALC sound you get a certified banger. 80’s Soul/Funk with a new lease on life.
Both Capital P and Nas bring their A game to this one on some good vs bad rotten apple story telling biz.
This track features on Alchemist’s 1st official release 1st Infantry
Cage – Radiohead.
Produced by Necro.
Mr. Palko was always a little left of field, this was when he was on the good side of the end zone and not teasing his hairr, singing about feelings with pseudo-emo weathermen..Anyways, its not about the rapper its about the bass on the beat. Necro’s a beast on the boards. No one can argue he’s fallen off either..Peep Gihad off OB4CL2..Shit is fire!!
Here’s a down tempo beat with the simple progressive blues riff, thickened up with some organ and crunchy synth, works sick under cage’s dipped out word play. Still love this track regardless of the above. Not sure what its from maybe a Fondle Em 12″?
Ghostface Killah – Daytona 500
Produced by The Rza
Almost forgot about this little gemstone. Ya’ll know Bob James right? A damn fine track here produced by the RZA. He’s lifted this break and given what could be a guitar a good low boost to make sound more like a bass. Shit sounds like a bass to me. Taken from the 96 Classic Ironman.
“The Mac 10 flex, wipe cats like Windex!”
Dr. Dre. – Aint Nuthin But a G Thang
Produced by Dr. Dre.
I could have done 10 tracks on Dre alone but I’ve settled for one I hold closely from The Chronic. Many a drunken nights in the past and to the day involve a sang of the G thang, sometimes I even alternate from Dre then passing the mic back to my delf so I can bust like a bubble. Chea!
The break a straight jack of Leon Haywood. The bass walk is some straight up G Funk. Say no more?
Mobb Deep – Quiet Storm.
Produced by Havoc
One of my all time favourite Mobb Joints right here. Correct me if I’m wrong but I think the bass sample sounds like White Lines just slowed down and beefed up? This track features on Murda Muzik
“I put my Lifetime in between the papers lines”
OC -Times Up
Produced by Buckwild
Buckwild straight jacking and loopin it out. Hypnotic bass over a nice open kit with OC flexin some incredible lyricism. This got a bit more play in when it was featured on the 8 mile soundtrack. Nice dirty 90’s shit.
Showbiz & AG – Next Level (Nyte Time Mix)
Producer : DJ Premier
An all time classic album, Incredible production throughout from the baddest mar fuckers in the game. I’m slightly biased with this one as Andre’s one in the top 5 of my goats… Premo doing what he does best on this remix. Seeing A do this live was something special. Everyone who was at that show know how dope he threw down. Mad humble dude in person too.
“No surrender and no retreat”
Eric B. and Rakim – Dont sweat the technique.
Produced by Eric B.
Sax, snap backs, bass slaps, and bitches with back!!! This Clip stinks of the early 90’s with bad bomber jackets, leather snap back caps, bitches with perms, heavy chains and pendants and of course Eric B throwin’ off his best ice grill. Haha!
I think “Paid In Full” should also get a mention but this fretless jazzy bass melody lifted for the track accompanied with the sax and drum break holds a little more weight for me as far as how well pronounced the bass rolls throughout. Not sure were the bass is from on this one.
“Mc’s wanna beef when I play for keeps”
Notorious BIG -Juicy
Produced by Sean “Puffy” Combs.
Taken from the debut LP Ready to die, this being the 1st single. After the little high hat intro with keys and that tight pop and slap bass comes through the break you’ll know why I chose this. The 12″ features an instrumental remix by Pete Rock. In my opinion the remix comes nowhere close without them bass and drums throughout, still worth a look though.
“Fuck all you hoes. Get a grip”
Alkoholiks – Only When I’m Drunk
Produced by E-Swift
Taken From The Liks 1st LP. This break section features on It’s My Thing by EPMD off Strictly Business which came out prior to this 93 release. To be honest I’m more a fan of Tash and J-Ro going back and forth on this, plus I think E-Swift is an extremely underrated DJ/Producer.
The track Seven Minutes of Funk has been passed around like a cheap slapper through the hip hop generations. Most recently heard it on Giantz ta thiz from NYGz Album, Welcome to G-Dom with Premo using the same section. The effect on the bass is fucking timeless and catchy as all shit, aint it!
“I get drunk and I stumble to the phone and conjure up a bitch to bone when I’m alone”
Phat Kat feat. Elzhi – Cold Steel
Produced by J.Dilla
Fight music right here. Downtuned and thickened up with a dope progression. I know its not a bass maybe a clavinet? shit is relentless. Dilla’s choped it that nice you couldn’t even pick it.
As for the spits, Phat Kat murks this within the first two bars. The power in his voice in that last verse make me want to go out and break something!
The album .
“Jumping out with long barrels with expansion clips”
Man I could go on and on….Please add more to the comments section!
Getting a little blog adventurous and sparking a bit of a theme focusing on outstanding production, drilling down on instrument specific sounds that stand out on a track and make the record.
Here are 5 personal favorites that spring to mind that utilize the horns. I could go on but I’ll keep this to 5…Feel free to add your in the coments section!
Copywright – Fuck Soundcheck
Produced by RJD2
Copy’s 1st release to wax, this track also featured on his debut The High Exhaulted. You either fuck with this dude or you don’t. I personally ain’t fucked with much after this the 1st lp and some weathermen tracks.
A very slept on LP in my opinion. Pretty cohesive album with all beats taken care of by RJD2 and Mighty Mi. Copywright had already established his niche fan base taking out several freestyle battles years prior and then got put on by the now debunk Eastern Conference, which back then held the crown for white boy rappers and weirdo’s.
RJD2 chops these horns real nice, throwing some tight stabs, bass, topped off with some of the best wordplay and punchlines from that time. Don’t front!
“While I’m here I use the planet as a platform, to plant panic in faggots and bash em with a mask on”
Ludacris – Roll Out (My Business)
Produced by Timberland
Love him or hate him Timberland’s produced some pretty good shit. This track right here is one of them. Simple and effective using some Cuban horns over programmed drum patterns and synth leads.
I rate that old Ludacris DTP shit. He’s got a presence and charisma when he gets on some shit like this. This track taken from Word of Mouf. Clip reminds me of NBA Jam.
“That’s eighty-thousand bucks GONE, where in the fuck did you spend it?”
Big Noyd feat. Prodigy – The Grimey Way
Produced by Alchemist
This would have to be up there as one of my favorite ALC beats. Hard drums, dope horns and a gully down 16 from Noyd with P on the hook FTW. QB thoro dun!
Original break performed by the heavily sampled group The Stylistics
“Don’t forget I rock for those lovin it, those thuggin it, holes in they clothes and the less unfortunate”
Blaq Poet – Dont give fuck
Produced by DJ Premier
Straight up fight music!!. A combination of chopped horns, bellowing low covered with saturated bass, screeching trumpets stabbing in and out on the 3rd and 4th complimented with them signature premier drums and po’s “I will fuck you up” bars. I honestly though this album was a little lacking in parts as far as beat selection from po and the order of the tracks as a whole but ones like this make it worth the purchase. More classic southside smashin’
“I’m ten time deadly, ready, aim steady, one in ya head and the rest for your belly”
Pete Rock & C.L Smooth – They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y)
Produced by Pete Rock
All time classic hip-hop joint from Pete Rock and C.L smooth’s debut Mecca and the soul brother. The song is a tribute to Pete Rock’s brother “Trouble T-roy” (Troy Dixon) who was a dancer for Heavy D and the Boyz and died after falling of a balcony after a concert in the 90’s.
I got a feeling this is a saxophone but fuck it..Shit burns. So god damn catchy over them drums. Pete Rock sampling Tom Scott’s cover of “Today” .
Check it half way through for the lift.