Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Beatnuts - Street Level [The Samples]



The homie Rizoh recently dropped a great post titled The Case Against Lyricism, discussing the cold hard truth about true hip hop heads: we're still stuck in the '90's. Lyrically, the 21st century just ain't fuckin' with the era of hip hop's infancy and adolescence (the '80's and '90's), although I'd have to say that this decade has produced some of the more childish shit imaginable. But it's not just the lyricism that's fallen off. Jazzy, thumpy, head-boppable (word? ...no) beats just ain't en vogue no more, thanks in part to the death of the heavily sample-laced album. Boom-bap was alive and kickin' back then, as exemplified by this brand new sample set I've cooked up for you: The Beatnuts' 1994 debut record, Street Level.

You asked for it, you got it! It was a pleasure to tackle this set because, like A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing, Runaway Slave, and only a few others, this set is steeped in a wide array of oldies classics and, most importantly (for me), jazzy samples! I first heard this album before I even knew who Hank Mobley was. Later on, as my musical spectrum broadened, I saw the cover of Mobley's The Turnaround! and I was shook - in a good way - just like Showbiz & A.G.'s Stone Alliance art-mitation (word? ...no) on Runaway Slave. Oddly enough, there is no sample listing for any Hank Mobley tracks on this Beatnuts record. But I can't complain because the tracklisting's got a lush 2+ hours worth of great music. And at just below 200 MB, there's only one R-Share link. Perfect! Enjoy... and turn it up!!

16 comments:

  1. MOTHER***KING F**K IT. In other words, man I am upset, since I never got around to finishing this set. I give you a +1, Ivan for this set and give Q a -1 for not sticking to his sample setting path.

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  2. Awwww mannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn...... You were working on this set? I got a request earlier in the week, so I set on the mission.

    Believe me, I've put alotta sh*t on hold....

    Now that I have a new hard drive, though, sample sets should become frequent once more!

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  3. funny you bring this up. i was just debating a classmate of mine about how lack of sampling has really hurt the game. nice post =)

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  4. Yup... Labels blew up the spot for heavy sample usage. :(

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  5. Classic album, classic artwork. When I worked in a record store I was amazed how many album sleeves had been 'sampled' by hip hop artists.
    I am looking forward to playing this set there are some unfamiliar names on there.
    Thank you Ivan

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  6. Thanks twc!

    Bob: I'm thinking of doing a post (or maybe even a series) about hip hop covers that sample (haha) other covers (jazz, soul, rock etc.). Hope you enjoy this set!

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  7. IIvaan, you listened to my request and i got it what i was looking for. Props go to you, I'm pretty sure you was working on it before i asked though :D I did a seven page report on the art of sampling covers last year for media, I worked mainly on Jazzy Jeff's sampled cover but i included the beatnuts aswell as 10 other covers. The teacher was enlightened and he's (hopefully) 'bumpin' that real live shit in his whip' as Dilla once said - 'like it came straight from the cassette!' lol
    anyway thanks for this set, and i saw leaders of the new school you put up, imma have to peep that too..

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  8. Hey can you guys send me a link for the mmm food samples because the link that is provided in the dancing goons site is non functional. Thank You

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  9. This site is great, man! Much props & respect for providing so much incredible music. Suggested set - Diamond D 'Stunts, Blunts, & Hip Hop' ???...I'm sure someone has brought this up already. Str8 classic!

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  10. can anyone tell me who the Beatnuts sampled in Street Level intro 8 seconds in?

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