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GrantLOVE: Cupid’s Hunt 2012

Valentine’s Day is widely regarded as the most romantic day of the year. A day where men and women show their love for one another by presenting gestures of said love. Flowers, chocolate candies, intimate apparel, or whatever, some gesture is needed, or it will not be forgotten.

I myself prefer to come up with a sexy mix of sensual music, a bottle of her favorite spirit, a babysitter…then come what may.

With that said, and rather awkwardly, I present my Cupid’s Hunt 2012 contribution. A mix of classic sexy ballads that have all been sampled at one time or another. Some you’ll know right away, while others may make you wonder, “Where the hell have I heard that beat before?”

Happy Valentine’s Day! Hope you enjoy.

“It’s not old, if it’s new to you”~GrantLOVE

STREAM/DOWNLOAD via podomatic: GrantLOVE: Cupid’s Hunt 2012: Sample Me Love

Tracks:

Isaac Hayes – A Few More Kisses to Go
The Dramatics – In the Rain
Lou Rawls – Early Morning Love
The Heath Brothers – Smilin’ Billy Suite, Pt. II
Leon Haywood – I Wanna Do Something Freaky to You
he Moments – Sexy Mama
Michael Henderson – Let Me Love You
Barry White – I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little Bit More Baby
Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes – Hope That We Can Be Together Soon
Marvin Gaye – Come Live With Me Angel
The Ohio Players – Sweet Sticky Thing
Tyrone Davis – In The Mood
Cameo – Hangin’ Downtown
The Dramatics – Oceans Of Thoughts And Dreams
Eddie Holman – I Love You
The Main Ingredient – Let Me Prove My Love To You

Previous Cupid’s Hunt Mixes:
2011, 2010, 2009, 2009 Bonus Mix, 2008

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GrantLOVE: Sample Me This (Best Samples of 2011)

2011 has come and go and left us with some very interesting takes on some oldies, as well as some interesting mash-ups , and re-works. Here is my short take on the samples of 2011. Hope you enjoy.. GrantLOVE.

“It’s not old, if it’s new to you”~GrantLOVE

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Tracks:

Major Lazer – Pon De Floor (Beyoncé – Run The World (Girls)
Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – I’ll Take Care of U (Drake – Take Care)
Beach House – Master of None (The Weeknd – The Party & the After Party)
Cassius – I 3 U So (Kanye & Jay-Z – Why I Love You)
Cloudeater – Sabotage (Wale – Sabotage)
Ellie Goulding – Lights Remix (Lupe Fiasco – LightWork)
I Blame Coco – Control (B.o.B – Fucked Up)
Kavinsky – Nightcall (Lupe Fiasco – American Terrorist III)
Lily Allen – Who’d Have Known (T-Pain – 5 O’Clock)
Nina Simone – Feeling Good (Kanye & Jay-Z – (New Day)
Otis Redding – Try a Little Tenderness (Kanye & Jay-Z – Otis)
The Little Boy Blues – Echoes of You (Pete Rock & Smif-N-Wessun – That’s Hard)
Balla Et Ses Balladins – Paulette (J. Cole – Can’t Get Enough)
Freda Payne – I Cant Wait (9th Wonder-Peanut Butter & Jelly)
The Sweet Inspirations – You Roam When You Dont Get It At Home (Mary J Blige – Someone To Love Me)
Aaron Neville – Hercules (Stalley – Hercules)
Aretha Franklin – Rock Steady (Wale – Lacefrontin)
Leon Haywood – B.M.F. Beautiful (Saigon -‘The Greatest Story Never Told)
MGMT – Electric Feel (Frank Ocean-Nature Feels)
The Family – The Screams of Passion (DJ Quik – Do Today)
Prince – The Beautiful Ones (Marsha Ambrosius – Late Nights & Early Mornings)
Martina Topley-Bird – Sandpaper Kisses (The Weeknd -The Birds Part II)
Curtis Mayfield – Give Me Your Love (Wale – That Way)

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GrantLOVE: Watch The Samples (Watch The Throne Sample Session)

I rarely put together a sample session based on one album. The last time I compiled such a mix was for Kanye West’s ‘A Twisted Dark Fantasy‘. That wound up becoming one of my favorite mixes. This one is filled with soulful funk, as well as some of that Electronica feel that’s gaining more and more traction in today’s ‘Hip Hop and R&B’Pop’, as I like to call it.

This one starts off with a nice Old School House feel. It flows into some electronica, journeys through some Funk, until it smooths out on some soul. Hope you enjoy. GrantLOVE.

“It’s not old, if it’s new to you”~GrantLOVE

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Tracks:

Quincy Jones – Celie Shaves Mr./Scarification Ceremony (sampled on Murder to Excellence)
Flux Pavilion –  I Can’t Stop (sampled on Who Gon Stop Me)
Cassius – I Love You So (sampled on Why I Love You)
Assagai – Telephone Girl (sampled on That’s My Bitch)
Incredible Bongo Band – Apache (sampled on That’s My Bitch)
James Brown – My Thang (sampled on Gotta Have It)
James Brown – People Get Up and Drive Your Funky Soul (sampled on Gotta Have It)
James Brown – Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved (sampled on That’s My Bitch)
Orange Krush – Action (sampled on Primetime)
Syl Johnson – Different Strokes (sampled on The Joy)
Nina Simone – Feeling Good (sampled on New Day)
Otis Redding – Try a Little Tenderness (sampled on Otis)
Curtis Mayfield – The Makings of You[Live](sampled on The Joy)

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GrantLOVE: Ghostface Killah – Sample Session

Ghostface Killah is one of the greatest ‘storyteller’ rappers in the history of hip-hop. His brilliant yet sometimes cryptic narrative, can leave either little, or everything to the imagination. His bold and brash stories of hood life, or love life, has had us all saying to ourselves, what the Hell did he just say?!

One of the original founding members of the Hip-Hop group Wu-Tang Clan, Ghost has ventured out on his own to be regarded by many to be one of the top 50 MC’s of all time. With ten solo releases to his credit, and almost as many compilation and collabo’s, the Wallabe Champ continues to give true Hip-Hop heads that undeniable Wu flavor we’ve all come to love.

Ghostface is known to use soul samples in most of his songs, so this was one of my favorite sessions to put together. Having sampled hundreds of classic and underground soul tunes, I could make this a three part series. We’ll see if that happens, but for now I hope you enjoy this ‘sampling’, if  you will, of the soulful stylings of Ghostface Killah, AKA, Pretty Tony, AKA, Tony Starks, AKA Ghostdini, AKA The Wallabe Champ.

“It’s not old, if it’s new to you” ~ GrantLOVE

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Tracks:

Tommy Youngblood – Tobacco Road [sampled on ‘Intro to Pretty Toney Album’]

Jimmy Van & Richard Hieronymus – I Weigh With Kilos [sampled on ‘Kilo’]

Fazo-O – Riding High [sampled on ‘Killa Lipstick’]

Esther Williams – Last Night Changed It All [sampled on ‘Last Night’]

Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band – Cher Chez La Femme [sampled on ‘Cherchez LaGhost’]

Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band – Sunshower [sampled on ‘Ghost Shower’]

Willie Hutch – Baby, Come Home [sampled on ‘Back Like That (Remix)’]

Luther Ingram – To The Other Man [sampled on ‘Whip You With a Strap’]

The Delfonics – The Look Of Love [sampled on ‘R.A.G.U.’]

Al Wilson – Fallin’ in Love With You [sampled on ‘Toney Sigel A.K.A. the Barrel Brothers’]

Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson – Superman Lover [sampled on ‘Supa GFK’]

Bob James – Nautilus [sampled on ‘Daytona 500′]

Metal Fingers – Fenugreek [sampled on ‘9 Milli Bros’]

ESG – UFO [sampled on ‘Charlie Brown’]

Melvin Bliss – Synthetic Substitution [sampled on ‘Kilo’]

O.V. Wright – Motherless Child [sampled on ‘Motherless Child’]

Teddy Pendergrass – Can’t We Try [sampled on ‘Camay’]

The Delfonics – La La Means I Love You [sampled on ‘Holla’]

Eddie Holman – It’s Over [sampled on ‘Nutmeg’]

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – Hope That We Can Be Together Soon [sampled on ‘Woodrow the Basehead Skit’]

The Dramatics – In The Rain [sampled on ‘In The Rain (aka Wise)’]

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GrantLOVE: Nas – Sample Session

Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, otherwise known as Nas, has been pushing out hit songs since 1994. This Queensbridge native is considered by many to be one of Hip Hops  greatest and most revered artists. Arguably he is in most peoples top 10 of all time.

Since his critically acclaimed debut album Illmatic was released, Nas has had a string of hit records, as well as underground smashes.He continues to this day to travel the world performing many of his all time classics as well as record new material.

Producers from Large Professor, Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Q-Tip, Dr. Dre, Trackmasters, Timbaland, and many more have blessed Nas with the beats that he flowed over. This list is a minor example of the types of songs that were chopped, interpolated, or sampled. I hope you enjoy this musical journey.

“It’s not old, if it’s new to you” ~ GrantLOVE

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Tracks:

Geoffrey Sumner – Train Sequence [sampled on ‘The Genesis’]

DJ Grand Wizard Theodore & Chris Stein – Subway Theme [sampled on ‘The Genesis’]

Lee Erwin – The Thief of Baghdad [sampled on ‘Represent’]

Reuben Wilson – We’re in Love [sampled on ‘Memory Lane (Sittin’ in Da Park)’]

Alabama 3 – Woke Up This Morning [sampled on ‘Got Ur Self a Gun’]

Rodriquez – Sugar Man [sampled on ‘You’re Da Man’]

Phil Collins –  In the Air Tonight [sampled on ‘One Mic’]

Tears for Fears – Everybody Wants to Rule the World [sampled on ‘Rule’]

Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida [sampled on ‘Thief’s Theme’]

Billy Joel – Stiletto [sampled on ‘Disciple’]

Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) [sampled on ‘Street Dreams’]

Sting – Shape Of My Heart [sampled on ‘The Message’]

Kurtis Blow – If I Ruled The World [sampled on ‘If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)’]

Linda Clifford – Never Gonna Stop [sampled on ‘Street Dreams’]

Laurie Johnson Orchestra – The New Avengers Theme [sampled on ‘Shootouts’]

The Delfonics – Walk Right up to the Sun [sampled on ‘If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)’]

Stephanie Mills – Starlight [sampled on ‘Black Girl Lost’]

Michael Jackson – Human Nature [sampled on ‘It Ain’t Hard to Tell’]

Whodini – One Love [sampled on ‘One Love’]

Ludwig Van beethoven – Für Elise [sampled on ‘I Can’]

Tommy Tate – For the Dollar Bill [sampled on ‘Book of Rhymes’]

James Brown -The Boss [sampled on ‘Get Down’]

Eddie Holman – I Love You [sampled on ‘Heaven’]

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DJ GrantLOVE – Melodic Stimulation

“As the melody flows, so begins my prose, for my writing style arose from the depths of my soul.

You see, every line I write down comes from recollections abound, with each and every sound, a new memory is found.”

Music & Memories Go Hand In Hand!

Welcome to another edition of Music To My Ears. This week I’ve decided to give you all something you can vibe with, yet still relax. [Originally compiled in 2008 for SOULcrates.com]

Hip-Hop, R&B, SOUL, Acid Jazz, Fusion Jazz, Rare Groove, Disco, Reggae, Electronica, you name it, you just might hear it in this mix.

Remember: “It’s not old, if it’s new to you” ~DJ GrantLOVE

Peace, Blessings, & GrantLOVE

Download: DJ GrantLOVE – Melodic Stimulation

Tracks:

Peter Malik Group ft. Norah Jones – NYC
Fertile Ground – Take Me Higher
Jazzy Jeff – Love Of Da Game
Leroy Hutson – Cool Out
Mongo Santamaria – Afro Blu
Roots Manuva – Witness Dub
Portishead – Sour Times
The Detroit Experience – Think Twice
Thievery Corporation – Transcendence
Tom Scott – Today
Andrew Barrax – Just Cant Seem To Forget
Gilberto Gil – Samba de Los Angeles
Pete Rock – A Little Soul
Jazzanova – Bohemian Sunset
J-Walk – Soul Vibration

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