Monday, August 11, 2008

Fathers of Rap, Volume One: Isaac Hayes

Waking up to the news of the passing of the one and only Isaac Hayes distraught me greatly this morning. Since I was a child, I was always mesmerized by the Black Moses' smooth, one of a kind voice. His composition skills were unmatched in his field, and he brought the funk liver than anyone else this side of James Brown and only an elite few group of his fellow entertainers. Passing away only ten days shy of his 66th birthday, Isaac Hayes may have left us in the physical sense, but his contributions and legacy will carry on infinitely and indefinitely.

This HHIR exclusive right here, entitled "Fathers of Rap, Volume One", is a labor of love that's been nested in the back of my mind for over a year now (a James Brown set is assuredly soon to follow). "Fathers of Rap, Volume One" features a slew of my favorite, personally-picked hip hop tracks which sampled the great Isaac Hayes. But to call this collection of tracks "a bunch of songs which sampled Isaac Hayes" would be an absolute understatement. Isaac Hayes' music wasn't simply the source for sampling; his music was a source for inspiration. Much like sample greats Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye, James Brown and others, Isaac Hayes' music offered more than a sample, loop and/or break; his music supplied and injected soul into any project or song connected to it. Each of these tracks bears a strong connection to the original Hayes' compositions -- each a classic in their own right.

Unlike our usual releases, this self-mixed collection comes in the form of a seamless flow of great music, each track blending in to its successor. Ripped at 320 kbps, you're getting nothing but high-quality, classic music. Like I said, this self-mixed compilation was a labor of love, in honor of the legacy of Mr. Isaac Hayes. I hope you'll enjoy this HHIR exclusive as much as I did working on its completion. Turn it up for Ike and bump this:

01. Chuck D - 'Eulogy for Isaac Hayes'
02. Public Enemy - 'Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos'
• Samples Isaac Hayes' 'Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic'
• Produced by The Bomb Squad
03. Ice Cube - 'I Gotta Say What Up!!!'
• Samples Isaac Hayes' ''Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic'
• Produced by Ice Cube & The Bom Squad
04. DJ Quik - 'Born and Raised in Compton'
• Samples Isaac Hayes' 'Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic'
• Produced by DJ Quik
05. 2Pac - 'Soulja's Story'
• Samples Isaac Hayes' 'No Name Bar'
• Produced by Live Squad
06. Geto Boys - 'Mind Playing Tricks on Me'
• Samples Isaac Hayes' 'Hung Up on My Baby'
• Produced by Geto Boys
07. Redman - 'Tonight's Da Night'
• Samples Isaac Hayes' 'A Few More Kisses to Go'
• Produced by Erick Sermon & Redman
08. Eric B. & Rakim - 'Keep the Beat'
• Samples Isaac Hayes' 'Joy'
• Produced by Eric B. & Rakim
09. Dr. Dre - 'Stranded on Death Row'
• Samples Isaac Hayes' 'Do Your Thing'
• Produced by Dr. Dre
• Featuring Bushwick Bill, Kurupt, The Lady of Rage, RBX & Snoop Dogg
10. Compton's Most Wanted - 'Hood Took Me Under'
• Samples Isaac Hayes' 'Walk on By'
• Produced by DJ Slip
11. The Notorious B.I.G. - 'Warning'
• Samples Isaac Hayes' 'Walk on By'
• Produced by Easy Mo Bee
12. KRS-One - 'Wannabemceez'
• Samples Isaac Hayes' 'Buns O Plenty'
• Produced by DJ Premier
• Featuring Mad Lion
13. Jay-Z - 'Can I Live'
• Samples Isaac Hayes' 'The Look of Love'
• Produced by Irv Gotti
14. Jay-Z - 'Reservoir Dogs'
• Samples Isaac Hayes' 'Theme from Shaft'
• Produced by Erick Sermon & Darold Trotter
• Featuring The Lox, Sauce Money & Beanie Sigel
15. Dr. Dre - 'Xxplosive'
• Samples Isaac Hayes' 'Bumpy's Lament'
• Produced by Dr. Dre & Mel-Man
• Featuring Hittman, Kurupt, Nate Dogg & Six-Two
16. Wu-Tang Clan - 'I Can't Go to Sleep'
• Samples Isaac Hayes' 'Walk on By'
• Produced by RZA
• Featuring Isaac Hayes
17. Ghostface Killah - 'Malcolm'
• Samples Isaac Hayes' 'Going in Circles'
• Produced by Choo the Specializt
18. Beanie Sigel - 'Still Got Love for You'
• Samples Isaac Hayes' 'Ike's Mood I/You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin''
• Produced by Just Blaze
• Featuring Jay-Z & Rell
19. Isaac Hayes - 'Bonus Track: Shaft (End Theme)'


  1. Ahhhh, excellent idea... I was gonna do this next after I dropped the Isaac originals set. Nice to see we're on the same page... this compliments my set nicely. Good job!

  2. One of the greatest musicians of our time. His arrangements and songwriting skills are 2nd to none, and he will definitely be missed. If you notice, most of the Hip Hop producers that sampled Ike just looped the track...they didn't have to chop it or nothin! THAT'S bein ahead of your time! He was a contributer to Hip Hop as much as James Brown, Roy Ayers, Stevie, Bob James and many other musicians that paved the way for the Hip Hop generation. Rest in Peace.

  3. I'll never forget the Shaft soundtrack 12 inch and other lp covers we had in our home when I was a lot younger...he'll be missed.

  4. you are amazing. thank you so much.

  5. As Jeff Spicoli would say; "Awesome, TOTALLY awesome!" Thanks for this post, I was wondering what songs he had done that were sampled.

    My only other question is, didnt alot of Memphis rap groups (Eightball&MJG, etc.) sample him as well?

  6. great post, fitting tribute. will be listening to this and pouring out the liquor.

  7. word, thanks for this

  8. Thank you for this!

  9. Thank You Ivan, a fitting tribute to a musical giant. R.I.P. Black Moses

  10. Ivan thank you for shedding light on this musical genius that I am sure a good percentage of your readers are knowledgeable about. Nice tribute you never cease to amaze me.

  11. This is good. Thank you.

  12. All true... James Brown, now Isaac... All we know is that there's that much more soul in the universe for us all to absorb...

  13. Good lookin Ivan. I was sent over here courtesy of TSS and I just wanna say I'm gonna rep your site.

    p.s. Don't forget Foxy Brown - Married to the Firm off her first album. Samples Ike's Mood Pt. 1.

  14. spice 1 - running out the crackhouse
    isaac hayes - blue's crib

    e-40 - rat heads
    isaac hayes - no name bar

  15. Tru School & Rebel Rouser: I'm well are of those tracks, thanks to the great job done @

    This compilation was, as selfish as it may sound, a collection of tracks which I've always PERSONALLY loved. People asked me why I didn't include some Young MC or a Naughty by Nature track. Trust: Getting ALL the Ike Hayes sampled tracks woulda been quite a mission.

  16. I just started checking out this blog and have loved what I've seen on it. Good job on this mix honoring a true legend.

    Rest In Power

  17. Enjoy your stay T.F.! Thanks for joining!

  18. R.I.P. to a legend. Isaac Hayes layed the ground work for hiphop music. His name should be mentioned in the same breath as Ray Charles and James Brown as one od the arcitechs of soul music. it hit me hard when i heard the news, sunday nite. i grew up on his music. Hot Buttered Soul, Shaft, Black Moses, Joy so on and so forth.

  19. wow, a superpost!! so sick.

  20. A little bit late, but is featured on The Vibe Source. Keep up the good work.

    ----- The Vibe Source -----

  21. Thanx For All Great posts here

  22. Real dope compilation. Thanks !