June 4 2013
This week on the Seven O'Clock Sample, we are breaking down the samples of Mos Def's 1999 solo debut BLACK ON BOTH SIDES. A complex hip hop record, this album's tracks are woven together into a beautiful LP. Mos Def brought Ge-ology on board for the creation of the track "Brooklyn".
A unique arrangement for a hip hop track, this song has three movements. The first contains a sample taken from Milt Jackson's "What Are You Doing For The Rest Of Your Life".
The second movement of this song contains a sample from Ray Ayer's classic "We Live In Brooklyn, Baby".
The last sample is a nod to the late Notorious BIG's track "Who Shot Ya", with a sample from the song "I'm Afraid The Masquerade Is Over" by David Porter