Monday, March 12, 2012

Torae: "For the Record"

Always nice when a hip hop producer unearths a 70s soul/funk jam that hasn't already been sampled to death. In this case DJ Premier breaks out "Eclipse" by Ahmad Jamal as the backbone for Torae's "For the Record", the title track from his latest album. Jamal has been sampled before - most notably when Nas cribbed his "I Love Music" for Nas' own career highlight "The World Is Yours". However, doesn't list a single instance of "Eclipse" making its way beneath another MC's rhymes, so if "For the Record" sounds immediately familiar it's only because it hearkens back to that early 90s era when the last of the great soul/jazz-funk samples were getting spent.

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