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Sample Sundays: Sade and Curren$y — 'Diamond Life' meets the Jet Life

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NOVEMBER 20, 2011

Sunday is here, and I hope everyone checking out this edition of Sample Sundays is maxing and relaxing, just living the Jet Life (don’t worry, you’ll get it eventually).

This week’s sample comes from queen of smooth, the British vocalist with a voice that oozes soul and sensuality – Sade. Sade has won Brit, American, and Grammy awards. Her albums have all gone platinum, most of them two and three times over. So, what does this mean? Basically, if you’ve managed to go your entire life without listening to Sade then you must have been living under a rock in the middle of a desert on another planet where they’ve never heard of music (if you’re not listening to Sade then you’re just a ridiculous as that scenario).

The Sade sample that I’ve chosen comes from her debut album, the quadruple platinum, Diamond Life. Most of you probably know this album for the single “Smooth Operator,” which may be the smoothes R&B song of all time. Though this week’s sample comes from another track off of this must-own album (if you fancy yourself a “smooth operator” you know that the ladies love them some Sade), “Sally.”

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Sade – “Sally”

(Throw this on the record player, grab a glass of red wine and your lover, light some candles and it’s a wrap. This bass is so damn sensual; the perfectly placed horns drip with desire, and, as always, Sade’s voice is undeniably enticing.)

Now, with a song this smooth, it is only fitting that the rapper to sample this song happens to have the silkiest flow in the game right now:

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Curren$y – “Famous”

(Play this while you do your early morning “kush-ups.”)

This track comes off of Curren$y’s critically acclaimed 2010 album Pilot Talk II, which is largely produced by Ski Beatz (Pilot Talk, which was also released in 2010 – if you know anything about Curren$y, you know he is one productive pothead – is also one of the best hip-hop albums released in the last five years).

On “Famous,” Curren$y displays everything that makes his rapping so endearing — superfluous references to weed, women and whips (cars for anyone not in the know), and a cadence that goes down like the perfect hit. Dropping rhymes that are heads above everything you’re hearing on your FM dial without emphasizing one punch line, he moves from one line to the next with so much ease that its damn near impossible not to wonder if his raps are proof positive that weed improves your skills on the mic (if you plan on testing that theory I recommend you do so in the privacy of your own home when no one is around, without ever showing anyone anything that comes from the experiment).

Bonus Sample:

Keeping the audible kush in rotation, this week’s bonus sample comes from Jerry Butler and another notoriously stoned rapper, Mr. Iron Lung A.K.A Johnny Blaze – Method Man.

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Jerry Butler – “Mechanical Man” (the sample comes just after the 3:00 mark)

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Method Man – “Bring the Pain”

(Meth etched his trademark flow into hip-hop history with this classic and the way RZA flips this sample is ridiculous.  Pick up Tical if you’re down with the WU – and if you’re not, “bring da ruckus, Wu-Tang Clan ain’t nothin’ to”…you know the rest.)

Peace y’all. Catch you again next week.

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NOVEMBER 20, 2011