Not that I’m trying to follow in the footsteps of Scholar (“Souled On Music”) or “From Da Bricks” Dan Love (damn, that cat can break down a beat, for real!) and attempt to tear down the intricacies of production genius on a consistent basis, but I was so elated when Ill Poetic identified the origin of this sample that he freaked for two of the finest cuts on his album that I had to dig a little deeper. Earlier this evening I was able to track down “Visions Of A New World (Phase 1) via some random YouTube video. I first became acquainted with Lonnie Liston Smith’s elegant masterpiece “Visions…” via Ill Poetic’s near-instant classic “The World Is Ours”. Ill not only chose to use Smith’s calming vocals for his ode to his hometown, “Cincilluminati”, but also on “The Beautiful”. Ill showcases the true soul (not that it really needed to be “brought out”, Lonnie did just fine on the original) of “Visions” near the 4:12 mark of “The Beautiful” where Liston’s hypnotic vocals are backed by a neck-snapping break-beat, the two combine to nearly give me goosebumps with every listen. I’m only hoping that Ill choses to utilizes this snippet for a full-length track in the future, because rounding out the last minute or so of an already soulful track (“The Beautiful”) is like the fine ass skimmy in High School who would never give you the rhythm, choosing rather to leave you with the worst case of blue balls.
My love for this sample was rekindled last week with my discovery of Rashid Hadee’s “Dedication” (I STILL don’t know how I missed out on that album last year!) and his usage of “Visions” for the superb “From 6 to 7″. For “6 to 7″, Hadee chose to concentrate on the subtle keys of “Visions” as well as the repetitive loop of Smith’s fading “LaaaAaaa” vocal sample over a thumping drum kick that would make 9th wonder jealous. I’ve never been one to chase down a sample or dedicate a tremendous amount of time to discover a sample’s origin, but Lonnie Liston’s “Visions” has led to me dropping close to $50.00 attempting to capture the majority of this creative legend’s discography, and honestly, I can’t keep his music out of my headphones! I highly suggest that you to check out some of Lonnie’s work as well. Musically, it’s amazing to hear how far ahead of his time this cat was and besides, it’s always good to switch it up sometimes. Peep the YouTube vid for Lonnie Liston’s “Visions Of A New World (Phase I & II) below, and if anyone has an MP3 of this joint please drop a link in the comments and I’ll be glad to upload it in Zshare format.