I didn’t put up an OSM yesterday, partly due to laziness, but mainly so that our year end Hall & Oates celebration coverpalooza could bask in the glow of the top spot for the full day it deserved. Hopefully you grabbed all those jams from yesterday, and here’s my opportunity to say thanks to all the bands involved for taking the time to participate, as well as give the Ack some hearty kudos for doing all the heavy lifting on that project – I think it turned out great.
Anyhoo, that left me with a fairly easy topic for OSM today: an homage to our end of year spectacular from yesterday with a few jams that sample Hall & Oates.
As far as H&O sampling songs go, I knew the numero uno is (and shall always be) De La Soul’s Say No Go, which of course samples I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do) from 1981’s immortal Private Eyes. For some reason, I don’t think I’ve ever heard the “Say No Dope Mix” of Say No Go, but it is fairly awesome (I think it was done by some British club DJ’s/remixers, but whoever it was they put some killer horns on it). So then, we’ve got the original and this remix, and really, we could stop right there and have a satisfying post I’d say.
But it turns out that I Can’t Go For That was also sampled for a rather large posse cut that appeared on the One Million Strong compilation album, and it features folks like Cube, Kam, Mobb Deep, RZA, Chuck D & Smooth B. Not sure I really hear the H&O sample too much (the horns perhaps?), but you can’t be mad at that roster (only time in history that Smooth B follows Chuck D on a verse? I think so. Plus, Kam!).
After that, the H&O sampling pickin’s get a little slim, but awesomely, the Wu sampled Method Of Modern Love (look at that vid, if that doesn’t scream “sample me for a gritty early 90’s rap classic!”, I don’t know what does) for the 36 Chambers fave Method Man. Prior to this discovery, I was fond of Method Of Modern Love for it’s innate awesomeness and the fact that it contains perhaps the best end-of-song-ad-libs ever recorded, so I’m happy to add another reason to enjoy the shit out of it. Another usage I found rather surprising was a sample from One On One used for gravel-voiced MC Nine’s Da Fundamentalz. Why I found this surprising is beyond me, as it turns out I actually did a similar “H&O samples” version of OSM in 2007 that featured this very song (for those thinking our H&O thing is gimmickery, think again, that ’07 post is but one example of our fondness for them that we’ve mentioned in post form). Anyhoo, I forgot about Nine crooning some One On One on that song, which is pretty stellar, so I’m happy to put it up again.
So thanks again to everyone who contributed something to HeroHall & Oates (or anything throughout this year in fact), and enjoy these songs.
MP3:: De La Soul – Say No Go
MP3:: Nine – Da Fundamentalz
VIDEO:: De La Soul – Say No Go
VIDEO:: Wu-Tang Clan – Method Man