Saturday, April 10, 2010


Covers of samples of covers of...

The Roots - Dilla Joints (Mixtape)

SFTD reader Mark passed along this gem—the Roots covering the sample-based tracks of the late J Dilla—pointing out that Roots love to work with "acoustic instrumental imitations of synthesized or computer created sounds." He had first brought this to my attention when the Roots played as Jay-Z's band for his MTV Unplugged, replaying the sample-heavy production of Kanye West, Timbaland, etc. Here is the the acoustic-electronic-acoustic life cycle of a Timbaland sample.

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