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Sample This Rza! Now, That’s What I Call Music

This past Tuesday, a great hip-hop mystery was finally solved. Some crafty crate-digger liberated the sample so masterfully looped by The Rza on Raekwon’s classic “Ice Cream,” and, based off of the response on various blogs and Twitter profiles, you would have thought that Jimmy Hoffa’s body had been discovered. Not that I’m complaining; as one of Wu-Tang’s biggest fans, this was a great find.

The original record, Earl Klugh’s “A Time for Love,” is a soft, tranquil acoustic number; once Bob Digi got his brilliant hands on it, though, it morphed into the chamber of macabre chords that we all know and love today.

If you haven’t heard this yet, give it a go. It’s further proof that doubting the genius of Prince Rakeem is a foolish endeavor:

You don’t have to be a producer or musician to appreciate such greatness. After sitting with Mr. Klugh’s lullaby-ish instrumental, I’m now on a mission to single out as many random un-sampled musical compositions as my ears can handle. And since my blog week has been predominantly dipped in out-of-music influences, I figure, “Why stop now?”

I’ve always had a thing for film scores, though a sick hip-hop beat will always hold precedence in my book. In an effort to connect the two while keeping the Raekwon/Earl Klugh revelation in mind, I’ve gone back to a few movie soundtracks (and one from television) that I’ve always felt needed a rap makeover, a chop-and-loop experiment not unlike Rza’s transformation of “A Time for Love.”

Alas, the written chunk of today’s post will be short and sweet; I’ll let the audio do the grunt work. The following five YouTube clips consist of assorted music that I’d personally love to hear sampled by a worthy hip-hop producer. Just Blaze, perhaps, and even Rza. Maybe Black Milk, or Jake One. Whomever, really, as long he (or she—we need more female instrumentalists, for crying out loud), is surgical with a soundboard.

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