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Outkast – Aquemini: The Samples

Aquemini: The Samples 

Yup, Hurricane Ivan and I are back at it again.

Last time we brought you Outkast’s ATLiens: The Samples, so why not continue with the duo’s next LP?

1998’s Aquemini, which is the sole ‘Kast record to earn The Source Mag’s coveted 5-mic rating, is the most forward-thinking of their catalog (and happens to be my personal favorite).

To accomplish the futuristic vibe, Organized Noize Productions, Mr. DJ and Andre & Antwaan themselves opted for predominantly electro-hop, synth-heavy instrumentals.

Therefore, the very few samples utilized are executed with surgeon-like precision, appearing on only four of the disc’s 16 tracks.

The spine-chilling “Cancion De Amor” by folk trio The Sandpipers gives “Rosa Parks” its vocal eeriness while the opening drumroll from Sly & The Family Stone’s “Rock Dirge” opens arguably the weirdest ‘Kast track of them all, “SpottieOttieDopaliscious.”

ONP recreated “Police Woman” by Pink Panther theme composer Henry Mancini for “Skew It On The Bar-B,” fully-equipped with blasting horns and bouncing bassline. “Return of the G” rounds out the samples, borrowing from Curtis Mayfield’s “Super Fly” and Giorgio Moroder’s Theme from “Midnight Express”

We’ve also included the instrumental for “Theme from Midnight Express” as an added bonus. It’s Saturday night, so come bump and slump with us.. ’cause we the type of people make the club get crunk.


Download: Hold the Throne & Hip Hop Is Read Present Outkast – Aquemini: The Samples

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Track List


Name That Sample #6

 Name That Sample

[Edit] Congrats to Jonathan for guessing the right sample. The original song is Madonna’s “Justify My Love” reinterpeted by Left coast producer DJ Quik for “Justify My Thug” on Jay-Z’s The Black Album. Thanks for participating!

Here goes the 6th installment of my Name That Sample series. The catch here, it’s required to name the original artist and song title since it might should be relatively ridiculously easy to name the sampling song this time around.

Cool? Have fun.

Name That Sample #6

[Props to Ivan for the ill hook up]


Wale Is Not Happy About His Critics


The sun is in the sky
But I refuse to smile

-“The Sun”

Wale must be an avid reader of TRU and saw the furious comment section debate over contributing author Nahshon’s comparison to Soulja Boy and Drake on his Hip Hop Lunchroom post. Excerpt:

High on pop appeal and low on lyrical content, these are the artists who have capitalized on style alone.

Or, less likely of course *sarcasm for the slow folks*, he had to vent on the smack many critics are yapping about his career path right now.

No disrespect to Nahshon, because I can see how Wale’s choice to re-record “Chillin” with Lady Gaga could cause an uproar..

..But Soulja Boy?! Nah, son.

Luckily, Wale addressed the critics at various points during Back to the Feature, but none more direct or blatant of a jab than “The Sun” alongside a resurrected Memphis Bleek.

That’s enough out of me. Audio link is right below, you can also peep the lyrics I typed up for “The Sun” after the jump to follow along with he’s got to say, Enjoy!

Wale ft. Memphis Bleek – The Sun


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