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Archive for the ‘samples’ Category

New Music: Chrisette Michele: “A Couple of Forevers”

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

If satin had a sound, this would be it. Chrisette Michele AMAZES on this track. Lately the use of samples in music have signified laziness and a lack of creativity on the part of some of these artists, but this is definitely NOT the case here. The O’Jays’ “Stairway to Heaven” track was already certified smooth many years ago and Chrisette Michele breaks her vocals down, builds them back up and flips them over to it– seemingly with no effort. “A Couple of Forevers” is right up there with the excellence that Luther Vandross gave us when he covered a song. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

About DJKKC

Kimberly Kennedy Charles (DJKKC) is trying to navigate life (in a minivan, no less) as a wife, mother, caregiver to Grandmother and writer in the 'burbs of Atlanta.

New Music: Fantasia: “Lose to Win”

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

“Sometimes you gotta lose to win again…” Check out “Lose to Win”, the new single and video from Fantasia. There is something about the “I’ve been hurt, but I’ll be alright” theme that works for Fantasia. On “Lose to Win”, Fantasia puts her powerful vocals over the classic Commodores track and creates another empowerment anthem for the ladies.

About DJKKC

Kimberly Kennedy Charles (DJKKC) is trying to navigate life (in a minivan, no less) as a wife, mother, caregiver to Grandmother and writer in the 'burbs of Atlanta.

The Isley Brothers: “Between the Sheets”

Monday, February 27th, 2012

“Between the Sheets” is so heavily sampled in Hip-Hop and R&B because you just can’t get around how funky that groove is. It sounds as good today as it did almost 30 years ago. In essence: it’s dope. The song went to #3  on the R&B singles chart and helped The Isley Brothers get their first platinum album since 1978.

Among the numerous artists who have sampled this song are The Notorious B.I.G., Da Brat, Aaliyah, Jay-Z, Whitney Houston, Gwen Stefani and Tupac Shakur to name only a few.

About DJKKC

Kimberly Kennedy Charles (DJKKC) is trying to navigate life (in a minivan, no less) as a wife, mother, caregiver to Grandmother and writer in the 'burbs of Atlanta.

The “Amen” Break/Copyright Criminals Trailer

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Excellent video on the initially unintended long-term influence of the drum break in The Winstons 1969 b-side classic “Amen, Brother”. (more…)

About Ivan Orr

Ivan Orr is a musician/social critic whose creative output runs the gamut from provocative to entertaining. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music(Jazz Studies Emphasis) with a minor in African American Studies. During the 1990’s and early 2000’s Ivan was involved with The Music Resource Center in Charlottesville, VA.

Juicy – Sugar Free

Monday, July 20th, 2009

The brother/sister duo of Jerry and Katreese Barnes, better known as Juicy with their top 20 summer smash, Sugar Free. Of course hip hop heads will remember this from AZ’s Sugar Hill, after the jump.


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About Mista C

Just a cat trying to make sense of it all. Can You Dig It?

This is a Samplin’ Sport: The Michael Jackson Sample Map

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Thought I’d repost this from a few months ago. For those who doubt his influence on hip hop and music in general…..

I absolutely love this — shows just how much sampling has created its own diverse musical map. Talk about bridging the gap! Check out the original here.

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Brick – Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

A few classics from ATL’s own Brick.


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About Mista C

Just a cat trying to make sense of it all. Can You Dig It?

This is a Samplin’ Sport: The Michael Jackson Sample Map

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

I absolutely love this — shows just how much sampling has created its own diverse musical map.    Talk about bridging the gap!  Check out the original here.

About Maggie

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Maggie Walsh