Blue Note Drops Some Science

Speaking of jazz, if you’re a fan of classic hip-hop you might be interested in an upcoming compilation from Blue Note that collects some of the label’s most heavily sampled source material.

These innovative hip hop artists and beyond did their part to bring to light some of the gems of the Blue Note catalog. Yet, these tracks deserve to be heard in their entirety; complete with ripping Lonnie Smith organ solos and David Axelrod produced sound-scapes. Blue Note’s aim is to re-introduce these classics to the public and to highlight the innovative ways in which these artists and producers utilized jazz material in their work.

Droppin’ Science is due February 12. Track list and the songs that sampled them after the jump…


Droppin’ Science:

1. Lou Donaldson – “It’s Your Thing”

• Brand Nubian – “Punks Jump up to Get Beat Down”

• Casual – “That’s How it is (Pt II)”

• Chocolate Bamboo & Nubian Crackers – “Test Da Rocket Launcher”

• De la Soul – “Bitties in the BK Lounge”

• Funkmaster Flex ft 9DoubleM – “6 Million Ways to Die”

• Lord Finesse – “Stop Sweating the Next Man”

• Madonna – “I’d Rather Be Your Lover”

• Real Live – “Turnaround”

• Skoolbeats – “It’s Your Thing”

• Super Cat – “Ghetto Red Hot”

• The LOX – “Get this $”

• The Roots – “It’s Comin'”

• Tragedy – “Funk Mode”

• Tragedy – “Pass the Teck”

2. Ronnie Foster – “Mystic Brew”

• A Tribe Called Quest – “Electric Relaxation”

• A Tribe Called Quest ft Jay-Z and Faith Evans – “Stressed Out”

• Freeway and Anthony Allen – “Alright”

• Rell ft Kanye West and Consequence – “Real Love”

3. Donald Byrd – “Think Twice”

• A Tribe Called Quest – “Footprints”

• Armand Van Helden – “Flowerz”

• Chi-Ali – “Road Runner”

• De la Soul – “Simply Havin'”

• DJ Krush – “Big City Lover”

• Encore ft Peanut Butter Wolf – “Think Twice”

• Lisa Lisa – “Let the Beat Hit ‘Em”

• Lone Catalyst – “The Place to Be”

• Main Source – “Looking at the Front Door”

• Peanut Butter Wolf – “Don’t Turn Back”

• Professor Griff – “Jail Sale”

4. David McCallum – “The Edge”

• DJ Shadow – “Dark Days”

• Dr. Dre – “Next Episode”

• Masta Ace – “No Regrets”

• Missin Linx – “M.I.A.”

• Scaramanga – “Death Letter”

• Tash – “Fallin’ On”

5. Jack McDuff – “Oblighetto”

• A Tribe Called Quest – “Scenario”

• Black Moon – “Son Get Wreck”

• Ugly Duckling – “Oasis”

6. Joe Williams – “Get Out of My Life Woman”

• Big Daddy Kane – “Very Special”

• Biz Markie – “Funk is Back”

• Double XX Posse – “Ruffneck”

• Doug E Fresh – “Bounce”

• Funkdoobiest – “I’m Shittin’ on ‘Em”

• Jill Scott – “Brotha”

• Kool G Rap – “Ill Street Blues”

• Main Source – “How My Man Went Down in the Game”

• Pete Nice – “Outta My Way Baby”

• Queen Latifah – “Latifah’s Had it up 2 Here”

• Shabazz the Disciple – “Party with a Tec”

• Skoolbeats – “Outta My Way”

• UMC – “Woman Be Out”

7. Grant Green – “Down Here on the Ground”

• A Tribe Called Quest – “Vibes and Stuff”

• Cypress Hill – “Stoned is the Way of the Walk”

• Madonna – “I’d Rather Be Your Lover”

• Pete Rock & CL Smooth – “Act Like You Know”

• Tung Twista – “Say What?”

8. Lonnie Smith – “Spinnin Wheel”

• A Tribe Called Quest – “Buggin’ Out”

• A Tribe Called Quest – “Can I Kick It?”

• Apache – “Gangsta Bitch”

• Beatnuts – “Psycho Dwarf”

• Big Daddy Kane – “W.G.O.N.R.S.”

• Black Moon – “Black Smif-N-Wessun”

• Black Moon – “Enta Da Stage”

• Erick Sermon – “Hostile”

• Erick Sermon – “Lil Crazy”

• Grand Puba – “Amazing”

• Hard 2 Obtain – “Ghetto Diamond”

• LL Cool J – “Stand by Your Man”

• Lords of the Underground – “Check It”

• Masta Ace – “Freestyle?”

• Nine – “Whutcha Want?”

• Private Investigators – “A If U Listen”

• Private Investigators – “Damn it Feels Good”

• Private Investigators – “Who Am I? (God)”

• Ras Kass – “As it is in Heaven”

• Run-DMC – “Come on Everybody”

• Wu-Tang Clan – “Wu-Tang: 7th Camber”

• Yaggfu Front – “Mr. Hook”

• Youngstas – “Wild Child”

9. Jeremy Steig – “Howling for Judy”

• Beastie Boys – “Sure Shot”

10. Lou Donaldson – “Who’s Makin Love (To Your Old Lady)”

• A Tribe Called Quest – “Hot Sex”

• Craig G – “Droppin’ Science”

• Craig G – “U R Not tha 1”

• Das EFX – “Kaught in Da Ak”

• De la Soul – “Once again Strong Island”

• Mary J. Blige – “Everyday it Rains”

• MC Lyte – “Why U Wanna Get Fly”

• Nice & Smooth – “Pump it Up”

• Notorious BIG – “One More Chance”

• Run-DMC – “Wreck Shop”

• Skoolbeats – “Science”

Bonus tracks (on the LP and downloadable version):

11. Ronnie Laws – “Tidal Wave”

• A Tribe Called Quest – “The Love”

• Black Moon – “Who Got the Props?”

• Organized Konfusion – “Stress”

• Private Investigators – “Shy Country Girl”

• Quasimoto – “Return of the Loop Digga”

• Rob Swift – “Introduction”

• Usher – “Think of You”

12. Monk Higgins – “Little Green Apples”

• GangStarr – “Code of the Streets”

13. Donald Byrd – “Wind Parade”

• Black Eyed Peas ft De la Soul – “Cali to New York”

• Black Moon – “Buck ‘Em Down”

• Fesu – “?”

• Jewell – “It’s Not Deep Enough”

• Organized Konfusion – “Stray Bullet”

• Tupac – “Definition of a Thug Nigga”

Track list courtesy of Pitchfork. Sample info courtesy of The-Breaks.com.

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