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Happy Birthday, No Malice!

No Malice is still one of the best.

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“Love 2 Ball”
Artist: Freeway
Producer: Dillemma
Release Year: 2008
Song Sampled: “You Sure Love To Ball”
Sample Release Year: 1973
Sample Effect: The horns from Gaye’s “You Sure Love To Ball” are sampled and laced with hollow drums to create the backbone of Freeway’s “Love 2 Ball.” Gaye’s vocals are also lifted and redelivered with a different melody by a female vocalist, echoed by Freeway in the hook.
Why The Song Is Dope: While paying tribute to Gaye, Freeway cooked up a smooth record letting listeners know how he “Loves 2 Ball.” The third verse and outro are especially entertaining; Freezer is a master of the serious records, but it’s clear he wasn’t afraid to let loose and have fun with this one. —TL

“Love 2 Ball”

Artist: Freeway
Producer: Dillemma
Release Year: 2008
Song Sampled: “You Sure Love To Ball”
Sample Release Year: 1973
Sample Effect: The horns from Gaye’s “You Sure Love To Ball” are sampled and laced with hollow drums to create the backbone of Freeway’s “Love 2 Ball.” Gaye’s vocals are also lifted and redelivered with a different melody by a female vocalist, echoed by Freeway in the hook.
Why The Song Is Dope: While paying tribute to Gaye, Freeway cooked up a smooth record letting listeners know how he “Loves 2 Ball.” The third verse and outro are especially entertaining; Freezer is a master of the serious records, but it’s clear he wasn’t afraid to let loose and have fun with this one. —TL

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Happy Birthday, Freeway!

Today, Aug. 6, is the birthday of Philadelphia rapper Freeway.

Born Leslie Edward Pridgen, Freeway is known for his gritty rhymes, Roc-A-Fella come up and contribution to the highly popularized grooming trend, sunnah beard...

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Happy Birthday, 9th Wonder

The producer turns 38 today...

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Happy Birthday, Mike Jones!

Today, Jan. 6, is the birthday of Houston rapper Mike Jones.

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Happy Birthday Yelawolf!

Today, Alabama rapper Yelawolf turns 35!

Yelawolf, who was born Michael Wayne Atha, is with Shady Records and Interscope Records. In 2010, he signed with Interscope after gaining a major online following with the release of his Trunk Musik mixtape...

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Happy Birthday Kool Moe Dee!

Happy Birthday Kool Moe Dee!

Bred in New York City, Kool Moe Dee rose to fame in the late '70s as part of the rap group The Treacherous Three...

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Happy Birthday, DJ Clue!

Today marks the 39th birthday of DJ Clue! The New York DJ gained notoriety for his stain in the mixtape circuit and starting his own record label, Desert Storm Records...

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Happy Birthday Lil’ Flip

Lil' Flip turns 32 today.

Know as "The Freestyle King," Lil' Flip is a Houston Native and was just 19 when his album, The Leprechaun, took him to national stardom...

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Happy Birthday ?uestlove

The Roots frontman is 42 today.

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Happy Birthday Lil Scrappy

Mr. Richardson hits 29 today.

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