A mellow slice of uplift on this Sunday. This is the first track on Stevie Wonder‘s landmark, Songs In The Key Of Life. If you’re not familiar with this album, you should listen to it in its entirety from beginning to end as soon as you can. It will be one of the best experiences of your life.
Whether I meant to or not, it seems I’ve been running a sophomore album theme the last few days. This track is the first single from De La Soul Is Dead, the group‘s second album. Q-Tip, Russell Simmons and Vinia Mojica also provide various vocals on this lighthearted ode to the simple pleasures of unwinding on the weekend.
I’m going to post one last track that sampled Stanley Turrentine‘s Sister Sanctified, from Ice Cube‘s second full length solo album Death Certificate. Since it’s Friday, some of you who don’t know this song might think Look Who’s Burnin’ is about smoking blunts or some shit like that. It’s not. It’s a cautionary track warning of the dangers of STIs. Figured it would be a good track for Friday, since some of you might actually be getting laid this weekend. Protect yourself before you wreck yourself! That’s actually a totally different song. Happy Friday, people!
Continuing with tracks that sampled Stanley Turrentine‘s Sister Sanctified, here is a track from 3rd Bass‘ debut, The Cactus Album. As an individual track, it’s probably not the best example of their work, but when heard in context when listening to the album, it adds to the kaleidoscopic feel of the greatly satisfying whole.
As I mentioned yesterday, this is one of many tracks that sampled Stanley Turrentine‘s Sister Sanctified. For my money, it’s also the best. From Boogie Down Productions‘ second album, By All Means Necessary, My Philosophy sums up the transition KRS-One went through after the murder of his best friend, Scott La Rock; from defiant rebel to social commentator and later, political activist. By All Means Necessary is one of the first hip hop albums to express a sociopolitical point of view and is generally considered one of the best rap albums ever.