{Bonus} Spring Samples: Seeds For A Golden Era


 Peace and welcome to this special bonus Episode of Nitty Gritty Radio. Since today is the Vernal Equinox (aka the first day of Spring) I thought it would be fitting to hit you with an uplifting springtime mix to help shake off the winter blues! So I put together this compilation of old Funk/ Soul records from the 60's and 70's, the musical seeds that would later grow into the sounds sampled by many producers from Hip Hop's Golden Era.

The first time I ever heard any DJ do a mix like this was back in '97 on The PimpGear History 101 Mixtape. DJ 7L (from 7L & Esoteric) was on the mix and he dug deep into his collection to put together the perfect blend of funk/ soul records that, at the time, I was hearing the originals for the first time. Needless to say I was mesmerized by this mix, in fact I made 3 copies just in case something happened to the original tape, haha. Well the years have gone by and over time I've had a chance to collect a few of the same joints and this is my humble attempt to give you all that same feeling I had back in '97 hearing 7L's mix for the first time.

So if you have some spring cleaning to do or if you just want to open up some windows and let a breeze come in, this mix will definitely help the soul do some tiptoein' through tulips!!


California Soul - Marlena Shaw  [Sampled on:  Let It All Hang Out - A.D.O.R.]

Our Generation - Ernie Hines [Sampled on:  Straighten It Out - Pete Rock & CL Smooth]

It's a New Day - Skull Snaps  [Sampled on:  Take It Personal - Gang Starr]

Don't Change Your Love - The Five Stairsteps  [Sampled on:  Can't Front On Me - Pete Rock & CL Smooth & on : Jazz (We've Got) - A Tribe Called Quest]

I Got Some - Sugar Billy Garner  [Sampled on:  B.Y.S - Gang Starr]

Long Red – Mountain  [Sampled on: Eric B Is President - Eric B. & Rakim]

Get Out of My Life, Woman - Lee Dorsey  [Sampled on:  Just A Friend - Biz Markie & on: Hits From The Bong - Cypress Hill & on: U Da Man - Black Moon]

Down Home Girl - The Coasters [Sampled on:  Skinz - Pete Rock & CL Smooth & on : Yabadabadoo – Chubb Rock]

Superman Lover - Johnny "Guitar" Watson  [Sampled on:  A Day Of Sooperman Lover – Redman]

You're the Fool - The Three Degrees  [Sampled on:  Return Of The Mecca - Pete Rock & CL Smooth]

Misdemeanor - Foster Sylvers  [Sampled on:  It's Funky Enough - The D.O.C.]

The Message – Cymande  [Sampled on:  Me & The Biz - Masta Ace]

Sport - Lightnin' Rod  [Sampled on:  Who Got The Props? & Son Get Wrec  - Black Moon]

Peg - Steely Dan  [Sampled on:  Eye Know - De La Soul]

Soul Travelin' - Gary Byrd  [Sampled on:  Halftime – Nas]

Chocolate Buttermilk - Kool & the Gang  [Sampled on:  Straighten It Out - Pete Rock & CL Smooth]

Express Yourself - Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhtyhm Band  [Sampled on:  Express Yourself - N.W.A.]

We're In Love - Reuben Wilson  [Sampled on:  Memory Lane (Sittin' In Da Park) – Nas]

When She Made Me Promise - The Beginning of the End  [Sampled on:  They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y) -  Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth]

Deliver Me - Tom Scott & The California Dreamers  [Sampled on:  They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y) -  Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth]

Today - Tom Scott & The California Dreamers  [Sampled on:  They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y) -  Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth]



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