If you’ve followed W.T.R. relatively closely, you already know that my favorite sample of all time is The Emotions’ “Blind Alley”. With the following compilation I’ve tried to include the majority of acts that have sampled the timeless classic from The Emotions. While certain cuts that have made the sample extremely relevant have been excluded for obvious reasons (i.e, Wreckx N Effect’s “Rumpshaker Remix” & Mariah Carey’s “Dreamlover), there is no denying the impact that this sample has made in Hip Hop. Just look at the tracklisting, it’s more or less a who’s who of Legends. If you venture back to one of the very first posts on this blog you’ll see how I was first introduced to “T.R.O.Y.”, well…I first heard the “blind alley” sample that same late Saturday nite as well as a backdrop for AMG’s “Jiggable Pie”. From the moment that lovely piano loop caressed my ears I was hooked for good!! This sample will never get old to me, it has never mattered who has spit over “Blind Alley” it became an instant classic in my life.
Although I’m obviously biased to the sample, I have listened to this compilation in it’s entirety a few times in succession and it’s a dope, fluid listen. You’d think that 25 songs utilizing the same sample would become boring and monotonous at some point, but it’s anything but. Also, if you may know of any other artists who flipped “Blind Alley” drop a comment. I just went off the top of the head with this first volume…Enjoy!!
“Blind Alley”-The Emotions
“Ain’t No Half Steppin”-Big Daddy Kane
“Klap Ya’ Handz-Das Efx
“Alladat”-Brand Nubian f. Busta
“I’m Different”-Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs
“He Had To Tear This….”-Ice Cube
“Comin’ For Datazz”-Gangstarr
“Scenario (Remix)-A.T.C.Q, L.O.N.S, Kid Hood
“Listen (Blast Off)”-Large Pro
“Rough House (Pete Rock Remix)-Rough House Survivors
“Sound Of The Zeekers”-L.O.N.S.
“Funk Wit Da Style”-Craig Mack
“Psycho”-Lords Of The Underground
“Sippin’ Brandy”-King Sun
“4 Better Or 4 Worse”-The Pharcyde
“Brothers From Brentwood L.I.”-EPMD
“The Beauty Shop”-Nikki D
“Redman Meets Reggie Noble”-Redman
“Who Dem Ni**as”-Tha Alkaholiks
….and….“Here it is, baaam and you say…”, “Sample Appreciation Vol. II” (click to Download) the second installment containing tracks that sampled the now infamous “Blind Alley” break by The Emotions. First & foremost, I can’t take any credit for this second addition at all. If you check the comments section from the first “Sample Appreciation” post you’ll see that Jaz of ColdRockDaSpot was a major contributor to this 2nd Volume. Hell, let’s be real… I completely jacked Jaz’ tracklisting (BTW, this dude is like the Mecca of Hip Hop history, or as I like to call him “The B Side King”…much respect Jaz!!! So here it is for all you folks that checked for Volume I.
“Off & On” -Trendz Of Culture
“Messages From Uptown”-Top Quality
“Raise It Up” f. Godfather Don-Ultramagnetic MCs
“2 To Da Head”-Boss
“Finsta Baby”-Finsta Bundy
“Return Of The Dread”-Brand Nubian……Man, I forgot how dope this track was!!!!
“Go Up & Up”-Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs
“Unsolved Mysterme”-Mysterme & DJ 20/20
“Girlies Keep Screamin’-Knuckleheadz
“Let Me Hear You Say Hoe!!!-The A.T.E.E.M.
“Wreckonize”-Smif N Wessun….How did I miss this one???
“Pixie Groove”-The Future Sound
“The Dips (OG Version)”-The Wascals
“Time 4 Sum Aksion Remix-Redman…..It’s a tough call, but I might just favor this more than the original
“Big Trax”-JVC Force
“Busted Loop”-Yaggfu Front
“Hoods Up, Caps Down”-Troubleneck Brothers…this one isn’t the best sound quality..sorry!
“A Quarter To Cutthroat”-L.O.N.S.
“Da Two”-Pete Rock & CL Smooth…Again, how did I miss this???
“System”-K Solo…Jaz does it again!!! I’m a big K Solo fan as it is….. but damn this in NIIICE!!
“Latee Rocks The Bells-45 King f. Latee
“RoadRunner (Puberty Mix)-Chi Ali