Monday, March 14, 2005

I Just Left Like A Real Man Should

As more and more rap is released, it is going to be inevitable that multiple songs will sample the same originals. This week, I'll exclusively feature these fraternal twin pairs.

Before producing hits for Madonna, TLC, Boyz II Men, and The King of Pop, Dallas Austin collaborated with a Brooklyn duo called Da King & I. Featuring emcee Izzy and DJ Majesty, their Contemporary Jeep Music did not make much of an impact during rap's heyday. One track did, though, got some traction during 1993's solid campaign. For your listening pleasure, Da King & I's "Tearz," borrowing nicely from the Ohio Players.

Also fond of the Players, is the very talented and sometimes unfairly maligned Minneapolis outfit Atmosphere. Industrial Warfare, the sixth of the seven Rhymesayers Headshots compilations, featured a fine remix to the Lucy Ford's "Travel." The remix was a very loose interpretation of the original "Travel," featuring the same lyrics in the chorus but different verses altogether. Additionally, ANT's fine original production was replaced with a nice sampling of the Players. While, Industrial Warfare is out of print, "Travel (Rmx)" is featured on The Best of Headshots 1-6, which is included free with the reissue of Headshots: Se7en.

Da King & I: Tears (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (buy it!) (1993, Rowdy)
Atmosphere: Travel (Remix) (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) (buy it) (1997, Rhymesayers)


At 3:46 PM, Blogger v funk said...

Testing out my comment posting abilities after previously thwarted attempts...brilliant.

Looks like it might be time for me to get an iPod.

At 9:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanx for the tearz track.. been looking for it for a while!!


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