Every Sunday I scour my DJ collection for dance tunes you might want to add to yours. The 4th Sunday of the month I share a surprise song and its story for dancers.
Blues giving life to Rap
Rapper Nas (Nasir Jones) is the son of Olu Dara Jones. . . wait a minute. . . I started with these exact words a few weeks ago on this Blues song.This week, when father and son collaborate, amazing things happen. Just look at the time Vader killed the evil Emperor to help Luke (second Star Wars shout-out this week — I’m on a roll, baby!)
The blues came from gospel, gospel from blues
Slaves are harmonizin’ them ah’s and ooh’s
Old school, new school, know school rules
All these years I been voicin’ my blues”
The Blues source
Mashing past and current sounds together, the main sample here is from “Mannish Boy” the oft-copied, rarely-done-better groove laid down by Muddy Waters in 1955:
So there it is: great artists collaborating over classic beats on a song you should add to your collection.
Download this tune (also on vinyl)
Check back again the 4th Sunday of every month when I share another song and story of interest for dancers.
This track also appears on the Cadillac Records soundtrack, one of my Top 9 Greatest Blues Movies