As I sit here listening to Flying Lotus and Thundercat to get ready for their show tonight, I have stumbled upon a mix that may have thrown a wrench into my current plans. Yes, I’m still going to the show—you’d have to be crazy to think otherwise—but this mix of all the samples used on Mos Def‘s seminal debut, Black On Both Sides, definitely has my attention. It was put together by the folks at HipHopIsRead, who you may know for doing similar mixes for Madvillainy and other certified classics.
HHIR is quote to note that there are a total of 38 sample sources in the mix, which is a pretty huge jump from the original set that contained 24. However, there have been some updates such as the joints scratched into “Mathematics” and “Hip Hop” along with some essential reggae jams. All in all, good luck finding something better to listen to this evening. Well, You’re Dead is out there, so….
You can stream all the samples below.