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When hip-hop producers cross over to other music genres, amazing things happen. Its either some crazy Rebirth shit for Wayne, not that I think it is bad to experiment, but I’m just not feeling that Rebirth shit. Or what I prefer, they find the right sample from an old rock track from back in the day and turn it into a great beat. This has been done countless times, Eminem covering Areo Smith’s Dream On had to be one of the biggest ones. Chamillionaire, Lupe Fiasco, Wale, and Cory Gunz all have recently released tracks with some amazing rock samples on the beat. Instantly hearing these tracks, they gave me goosebumps. As I break them down to show the original track and show you where they came from. Hope to see this way more in hip-hop.
When Chamillionaire wanted to say Good Morning to all of his fans he did it with some help from Tom Petty’s Free Falling sample. The song is so happy and upbeat, if it doesn’t make you smile you have a cold heart. His first single from Venom which is dropping December 8. One of my favorite songs of the year.
Lupe Fiasco is one of the most creative MCs in hip-hop. His lyrical abilities are just amazing and his U.K indie rock group Japanese Cartoon that he finances and helps with producing. Now he is taking on one of the legends of rock, Jimi Hendrix. Lupe uses Hendrix’s guitar sample from Fire. If you like hip-hop and rock music, you can really appreciate this type of beat. It just goes to show Lupe can spit over anything from a slow beat to a fast paced rock beat. Lupe Fiasco – “Love Always Shines Everytime Remember 2 Smile” or Lasers will hopefully be in stores December 15. The same day as Lil Wayne’s 3 albums are dropping. So most likely Lupe’s album will be post-poned, but lets hope not.
When I saw the title of this track I instantly knew Wale used a sample from The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony. Bittersweet Symphony is one of my favorite rock songs of all time. There was a blend of Jay-Z – Dirt Off Your Shoulder and The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony, which was a great blend. This time Wale only uses the violin sample and brings Colin Munroe to sing the chorus. I am not into singers but Colin Munroe does a great job in this song with the chorus. Wale from D.C kills this track and shows that the new age of hip-hop is more about the lyrics not how much money and guns you have.
Wale – Attention: Deficit drops November 10.
This video has Spanish subtitles too. ROFL
Cory Gunz who was first heard by the mainstream in the original Lil Wayne – A Milli. Way before Wayne replaced him with his own for Tha Carter III and every other MC jumped on the hottest beat of 2008. I still this day think Cory Gunz has the best A Milli verse out of all the remixes, even all of Lil Wayne’s six versions. Gunz has been dropping freestyle’s and plenty of tracks as of late. None of them really stuck out like this one. With the help from one of the most know rock tracks in the world of sports, Queen – We Will Rock You. Cory Gunz – Big Niose uses a similiar beat to Queens and uses samples Freddie Mercury voice from the chorus of WE Will Rock You. Probaly my least favorite of all of these tracks, but I am still banging this so that shows how much I really hate it.LOL. A great track with both Queen and Cory Gunz on a track , that is a great track right here.
Also I will be doing the Top 100 Hip-Hop Songs of 2009. Probably will end up to Top 50 because I’m a pothead [LOL]. It will not be like a MTV Hottest MC of 2009 [haha]. It will be real hip-hop and not based on record sales, popularity, or internet buzz. I will also be doing a Top 10 MCs of 2009. Because a lot of albums are dropping right before the new year, so you never what my crazy list might be. But this is for the viewers and if you any suggestions please post in the comments or send them to me at:
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