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Sample Sundays: "High Friday" Edition

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APRIL 22, 2012

What up y’all. This Friday was 4/20. So, I hope you’ll forgive me for any and all errors, as things have been a little hazy recently. But despite any clouds or odd and inviting smells you and I have encountered (or created) this past weekend, I still got you on the samples. Not even that oh so powerful herbal remedy that can seemingly be used to cure just about anything (maybe not VD, but I hear it helps), but supposedly kills work ethic and motivation, can stop me. Apparently it doesn’t quell my ramblings either. So, here we go — roll one, pack one, light one, or two, or three, it’s the “High Friday” edition of Sample Sundays:


I’ll do my best to keep my mouth shut and just pass the audible doobie, but as one final preface, below you shall find several samples, as well as their hip-hop counterparts, that will aid your Joint Rolling Jam, your Bong Bubbling Bounce, your O.G. Kush Kick Back, or however else you want to dress up the act of puffing the magic dragon.


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O’Donel Levy – Never Can Say Goodbye

(A prolific jazz-guitarist whose work has been sampled by countless hip-hop acts, Breeding of Mind is a must for a funky, jazzy, laid-back session, if you’re toking up what I’m passing around.)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_C0KeCqLBA&w=420&h=315]

Freestyle Fellowship – Mary

(You need Inner City Griots in your collection, if you consider yourself a real West Coast hip-hop fan. Freestyle Fellowship and the whole Project Blowed crew were pioneers and are, in my opinion, icons to be emulated and studied.)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp4339EbVn8&w=420&h=315]

Dusty Springfield – Son of a Preacher Man

(One of the queens of blue-eyed-soul, Dusty Springfield is definitely worth checking out my friends. And at the very least, now you know one of the many songs Tarantino used in Pulp Fiction — always a good flick, high or otherwise.)

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Cypress Hill – Hits from the Bong

(Listen and follow directions.)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xunC_R_TRRU&w=420&h=315]

Keni Burke – Risin’ to the Top

(It’s hard to find laid-back jazz/funk like this. Smoke a zone and zone-out people.)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyOIIi5WCO4&w=420&h=315]

Redman – How to Roll A Blunt

(I wonder if Redman ever thought about turning this into an instructional video?)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWfxdT4ZK7c&w=420&h=315]

Zap-Pow – Last War

(Great reggae band that played from around 1969 to 1979.)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7COuZLQ5z8&w=420&h=315]

Collie Buddz – Come Around

(Play it while you’re waiting in the cipher, or on repeat.)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OqSFC0pxAU&w=420&h=315]

Serge Fiori and Richard Séguin – Deux Cents Nuits à L’heure

(Sample comes at 4:28. Props to Alchemist for some serious digging on this one.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVOaze-Tx9g&w=560&h=315]

Curren$y – Ventilation

(Just about any Curren$y track would’ve done, especially off of that Alchemist produced Covert Coup, which is, for lack of a better word, FIRE.)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=065bsBQwEAc&w=420&h=315]

The Gap Band – Wednesday Lover

(It’s the Gap Band. Recognize and roll another.)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSyBHMOl5d8&w=420&h=315]

Devin the Dude – We Get High

(It’s only fitting to round out this joint, to take the last hit, with Devin the Dude, everyone’s favorite stoner with a silky smooth flow apparently unaffected by his predilection for the sticky-icky purple. His entire catalogue is perfect for this holiday. And if 4/20 had a national spokesman, it would most certainly have to be Mr. Devin the Dude.)

Thanks for putting up with me y’all. No need to read anything if your eyes are too low, just hit play. Happy 4/20.

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