Nathan (Refined Hype):
Last week on RefinedHype el jefe Lucas said he’d be spending his weekend listening to the Flatbush Zombies’ new Better Off Dead project. And when he did, he undoubtedly developed a serious hardcore drug habit and/or found himself putting “Club Soda” on repeat.
But it’s more than just the insanely dope rhymes from the Zombies and the immortal Action Bronson that make “Club Soda” a must listen, it’s also that dope beat from Zombies’ producer Erick Arc Elliott. Holy sweet baby jesus that’s a great sample, and it comes from ‘70s/’80s soul singer Jackie Moore, who’s been somewhat lost to the fog of history, but had some serious hits in her day. This particular sample though comes from “With Your Love,” one of her lesser known offerings. (Side note: Since I know a lot of you are reading this in between GTAV binges, her “This Time Baby” appears in the GTA: Vice City.)
Jackie Moore – “With Your Love”
The opening of “With Your Love” is one of those songs that just slaps you in the face – if you’re a producer, I just don’t see how you could possibly NOT sample that shit. It’s somber yet soaring soul is the perfect juxtaposition to some hard hitting drums (I’m semi-shocked Kanye didn’t sample it during his Chipmunk Soul era), and so it’s not surprising that Arc isn’t the only one to flip Jackie Moore into some serious dopeness…
Man the first time I heard “With Your Love” sampled, was on Planet Asia‘s “Right Or Wrong” single produced by Evidence. Although the track was featured on King Medallions fourth studio album The Grand Opening, which was released back in 2004, I first heard the track on DJ Babu’s classic Duck Season, Vol. 2, which was released in August of ’03. To this day DS2 ranks among my favorite mixtape/albums to date, along with Soundbombing 2.
Planet Asia – “Right Or Wrong”
Back to the subject at hand.. Evidence skillfully sped up the sample, a few BPM’s faster than as used “Club Soda,” but kept it pretty simple with some dirty drums sprinkled with some piano keys every few bars. Planet Asia rides this track effortlessly and have always thought that both him and Ev made one of the more slept on producer/emcee duos; a combintation whose potency was made abundantly clear on the 2006 release of The Medicine, produced entirely by Evidence. Now let Babu take you out with the fader with Ev’s “A Moment In Time,” featuring PA, as featured on Evidence’s debut solo effort The Weatherman LP… but now I appreciate this moment in time.
Evidence (feat. Planet Asia) – “A Moment In Time”