Classic HipHop tune: Eric B. & Rakim - Paid In Full (Coldcut Remix) [update]

Here's another from back in the days coming from Eric B. & Rakim. "Paid In Full" was a major hit in 1987 and I actually liked it so much that I listened to the 12" over and over again when my brother wasn't at home (as it was his record collection). I think my bro hated his younger brother for doing so but in the end it made me aware of many diamonds that are still in his vinyl collection. Today, he would gladly lend me his vinyl so we're cool.

This is the Coldcut remix, a shorter radio version of this exists, of course.

If we dissect this tune a bit, it becomes clear that except for Rakim's raps (and they're great old skool style, many of the rhymes have become "quotes" of everyday use in HipHop), everything else on this one is borrowed from other tracks. Think the bass line is great? Yeah, it's from Dennis Edward's "Don't Look Any Further" on Motown from 1984:

I know, the video looks awesome funny, but the tune kicks arse! (Note to self: never have chewing gum when shooting a video, regardless how charming your wink)

The oriental vocal you hear in Coldcut's remix is by Israel's Ofrah Haza (R.I.P.) - originally a yemenite folk song that turned a global hit in 1987:

There are countless other samples contained in "Paid In Full" - feel free to name them on our forum.

[update: as Pesto community member "The Squeezer" from Portugal hints, there is a video analysis on Youtube by Norway's DJ Prince - thanks Ricardo aka The Squeezer!]

Classic HipHop tune: Public Enemy - Fight The Power

It's G20 summit in London, peaceful protesters get beaten up by the police, basic civil rights are ignored in Germany [1], [2] (links to content in german language) due to the NATO summit and we are in for another issue of our "classic tune" section. It's a pitty to see what Flavour Flav is doing nowadays, knowing that Public Enemy once had a message that was way more political than "Flavour in Love" on MTV.

Here's "Fight The Power" by Public Enemy, back from 1989.

No more comments here as a) this is not a political site and b) we don't like house searches.

Classic HipHop tune: O.C. feat. Yvette Michelle - Far From Yours

One of the most overseen, most underrated MCs ever, if you ask me - ladies and gents, make some noise for O.C! Good to know I have his "Jewelz" album from 1997 on double 12" somewhere in my warehouse.
And now get ready for some spring, early summer vibes straight from the left coast (embedding has been disabled unfortunately, so please follow the link):

O.C. feat. Yvette Michelle - Far From Yours

If anybody wants to know: the original sample is by The Brothers Johnson from their 1976 album "Look Out for #1", the respective tune is named "Tomorrow". The Brothers Johnson are famous not only because of their original work (which is quite nice to listen to still) rather than for providing samples for mid-1990ies House tunes such as this one:

Here's an instrumental of "Far From Yours" provided via YT, too (it's the whole tune just without the raps, to be precise):

Classic HipHop tune: A Tribe Called Quest - Stressed Out (Remix)

It's one of these rare cases when the remix beats the original by far (we think so, at least). A Tribe Called Quest is one of HipHop's staples when it comes to the deep and jazzy shizzle. There is a whole pile of artists this connotations apply to (say Gang Starr/Jazz Matazz, for one) but ATCQ is a good point to start from.

Even if you have never heard of ATCQ before, we're sure you all remember "Galvanize" by the ever-awesome Chemical Brothers: Q-Tip is the MC you're listening to on this one. He's one of those rappers with a clearly recognizable timbre and style - a feature lots of today's MC are missing.

Since we intend to run this web site a couple of more years to come, expect some further deep dives into the roots of House and soulful music in general.

The female part in the chorus is by Faith Evans, former wife of the Notorious B.I.G. (RIP!).