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Friday Flips (Week 5) – 183rd Vs. Jerry Rivera
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1992: Jerry Rivera – “Amores Como El Nuestro”


Nathan (Refined Hype):
We’ve all been there…ok, maybe we ALL haven’t been there, but Hip-Hop heads old enough to actually remember the Reagan presidency have all been there. You’re in the spot when you hear that horn line – you know, that horn line. The one that sounds like a cavalry of trumpets announcing the arrival of a Central American dictator. Oh shit, you think. The DJs about to play some Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz “Déjà vu (Uptown Baby)”! And then the horn section fades and… in steps Shakira’s “Hip’s Don’t Lie”.



In retrospect it’s not hard to imagine where Wyclef got the idea to flip Rivera’s classic horn intro into a pop hit. As someone who lived in NYC in the late ‘90s, it would have been essentially impossible for Clef to have avoided “Déjà Vu”, especially with the almighty Diddy coming through for the remix.


Now I know a lot of my rap nerd brethren throw up in their mouth a little bit every time they hear Shakira’s version, but I’m not nearly so hostile. (Although if anyone ever heard “Uptown Baby” and said, “They stole that horn section from Shakira” I’d probably have a Harbaugh-level meltdown.)


Wyclef using the Rivera horns for a Latina singer feels like it completes the sample circle of life, a circle that now includes everyone from Smoke DZA to Shakira. Plus, it gives us all a chance to watch the “Hips Don’t Lie” video again, even if on mute. So, you know, we’ve got that going for us.


Steez (Takin’ Mines):

Nathan, I for one have definitely fallen for that okie doke, where I’ll be all up in the club, sippin’ on some bub, and alas, I’ll here those epically delightful Rivera horns, where 99.9% of the time (unless I’m at Sutra on a Tuesday night) Shakira comes to crash the party on some straight ‘bitch, don’t kill my vibe’ type shit.. word to K.Dot. I’m like a Pavlovian dog that salivates to the sound of the bell, only to be brought some bullshit ass Alpo when I’ve brought up on that good ol’ Iams.


As for completing the sample circle of life, I doubt that KNS, the production duo responsible for “Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)” ever would have thought that there sampling sensibilities would be reincarnated (well.. partly, let’s not forget about Steely Dan’s “Black Cow” which comprises most of the production) eight years later by Wyclef. However, what makes this circle even smaller is that Wyclef is in fact connected directly with “Deja Vu,” where the the carnival frontman can be seen in the video introducing the uptown duo at Yankee Stadium for the song’s intro. Although the connection here I would imagine stems through their affiliation to Columbia Records at the time, them dudes definitely got Yéle’d by Clef who thought, “let me make a hit record for Shakira, by using the intro from another hit record, that was originally a hit record.” Look, I’m all about sampling samples that have been sampled, by why you gotta throw a lifelong Jedi mind trick on my ass.. you’re fuckin’ up my late adolescent memories b. You could’ve at least used a pitch bend or some shit.



*Sidenote: did you know there was an Ayatollah Remix to “Deja Vu” – not sure if it was on the vinyyyyl as the pair I got were some bootlegs. Word to Rock and Soul.


In summation, I’m more mad at Wyclef for the perpetual mind fuck than I am for 183rd for flipping Amores Como El Nuestro into a trap beat, it’s ironic, and people like irony. And on that shameless plug, I’m out.. enjoy your weekend sportsfans, go Hoosiers!


STREAM/DOWNLOAD: R.F.C. (Den10, Smoke DZA) – “Royal (Burn)”


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Greg Grease – “Forward”



If you’ve managed to get this far during the week, you probably deserve a break. And what good timing to introduce Greg Grease‘s latest video for “Forward”, a stripped down, less-is-more banger that doesn’t need to be overdramatic to get it’s point across. Directed by Adam Dunn as a part of his #LABB (Lights and a Backdrop) series, the visuals are as minimalistic as it gets, allowing the Grease, his DJ and his turntable to play centre stage. Check it out and be sure to pick up Greg Grease’s Black King Cole EP if you don’t already own it.


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  2. CJ Fly (feat. A La $oul & Phife Dawg) – “Seek Well”
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  4. Danny Brown (feat. Scrufizzer) – “Dubstep”
  5. Black Milk – “Dismal”
  6. Alterbeats (feat. Guilty Simpson & The Rockness Monstah) – “Fruit Punch”
  7. Snow Tha Product (feat. CyHi The Prynce) – “Hold You Down”
  8. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – “Harold’s”
  9. Childish Gambino – “Yaphet Kotto”
  10. Stan Ipcus – “Wifey Material”
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