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Sample Appreciation Vol. II: "Playing Your Game, Baby"

by Eric on September 18, 2008

Sample Appreciation Vol II-”Playing Your Game, Baby”

Listening to Big Daddy Kane’s “Brother, Brother” this week along with the best track from Prodigy’s “Return Of The Mac” Mixtape/Album “Stop Frontin”, I’d almost forgotten how much I love the “ohh, so soulful, don’t you agree?” sample taken from the Barry White classic “Playing Your Game, Baby”. Out of all the artists that have sampled “Playing….”, I’m sure that most all would nod agreeably over the best usage of the sample…without a doubt, it has to be Black Moon’s remix of “I Got Cha’ Opin”. Although, Kane’s “Brother, Brother” and Sylk Smoov’s “Klientele” flip the sample nicely as well. Hell, I can’t leave out Compton’s Most Wanted’s “I Gots Ta’ Get Over” either.

In my opinion, this sample has been underused, not nearly as many artists have utilized this break..say, in comparison to “Impeach The President” or “Blind Alley” for that matter and that’s a damn shame. I’ve omited just a few artists who’ve sampled “Playing Your Game…”, for example Grand Puba’s “Playin’ The Game” and Above The Law’s “Play Your Game”, simply because they only sampled Barry White’s vocal portion of the song. I’m still looking for a few tracks that sampled “Playing…”, I couldn’t find Ron C’s “Smooth Attack” or C & C Music Factory’s (remember those fools) remix of “Take A Toke” featuring Patra anywhere (if you have any of the two mentioned drop me a link in the comments, thanks in advance)

While short in length (only 14 tracks), Sample Appreciation Vol.II is one of my favorites thus far simply based on the soulful essence of this breezy sample. Enjoy!!…-Eric

Track Listing

1. “Playing Your Game, Baby”-Barry White
2. “Klientele”-Sylk Smoov
3. “I Got Cha’ Opin” Remix-Black Moon
4. “I Gots Ta’ Get Over”-Compton’s Most Wanted
5. “Brother, Brother”-Big Daddy Kane f. Lil Daddy Shane
6. “Da Game”-The Lost Boyz
7. “Verbal Papp”-X-Clan
8. “Come Back (2 Me)”-Little Shawn f. Color Me Badd
9. “Crack Em’-O.F.T.B. (off the Above The Rim Soundtrack)
10. “Where My Homiez (Come Around My Way)-Ill Al Skratch
11. “Sound Boy Killing” Remix-Mega Banton
12. “The Mission”-Digital Underground f. Big Pun & Co.
13. “Smooth But Def”-Smooth Ice
14. “Stop Fronting”-Prodigy Of Mobb Deep

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lively September 13, 2009 at 12:40 pm

wow. bless up for this.

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