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Sample Sundays: Boy meets Tech N9ne

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MARCH 24, 2012

What up y’all? Sunday again (that happens once a week I guess), so sample time is here. For this week’s edition I thought I would break out one of the more obscure samples I’ve heard in the last few years. It comes to us from an animated short from 1938, entitled “Boy Meets Dog.”

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dezvcKMRFt4&w=420&h=315]

“Boy Meets Dog.” (The sample begins around 5:54. I didn’t have the patience for the entire short, which makes me wonder how I make it through entire films).

All I know about “Boy Meets Dog” is what’s on IMDB, so here it is:

“A commercial short made for the Bristol-Myers Co. (plugging their toothpaste) that features the characters from the “Reg’lar Fellers” syndicated newspaper comic strip by Gene Byrnes. The plot concerns a boy who has an old grouch for a daddy, runs off, meets a dog and joins a gang of kids. Meanwhile, the old man has a nightmare, where he sees himself as an old sour puss because he doesn’t take care of his teeth and gums. He sees an electric sign for Bristol-Myers toothpaste, and that sets him on a more positive course. (The few-seconds of film showing the sign represents the only commercial intrusion in this short).”

So, without slowing down at all (the rhymer who samples this track never does), here is the hip-hop song that sampled this blast from the past:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GupJwtLRp8Y&w=560&h=315]

Tech N9ne — He’s A Mental Giant
(This video is “Straaaange!” but nothing out of the ordinary for the KC rapper).

That’s right people, it’s Tech Niizzziinnneeee!! (If you’ve heard his music then you know all about the call). Tech N9ne has been the hardest working independent rapper, shit, the hardest working independent artist in music, for over the last ten years. He puts on shows like no one else (I’ve been to two and I HIGHLY recommend them), rhymes like no one else, and has metaphors and similes like no else (“I can’t stop my leg, like Robert Klein”) — basically, there is no one like Tech N9ne.

“He’s A Mental Giant” is on Tech N9ne’s last solo album All 6’s and 7’s – his latest EP, Klusterfuk, came out a little over a week ago (there might be a review on this site somewhere) – which debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200 and number 1 on the Billboard Rap Album charts (parenthetically (Is that redundant?) (What about that one?) Tech has sold over a million albums in his career). All 6’s and 7’s is definitely worth your cash and so are the majority of Tech N9ne’s other albums — Everready (The Religion) and Sickology 101 are among my personal favorites.

Bonus Sample:

It’s only right that the man who has twelve studio albums and three EPs get some more sample shine.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsgL35RCGcc&w=420&h=315]

Dean Martin – Sway

(I’m more of a Sinatra man myself, but this Martin classic is now infinitely more gangster than I ever could’ve imagined).

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38ZwK3WbHYo&w=420&h=315]

Tech N9ne — Welcome to the Midwest

(Glad someone posted the lyrics for this. This was one the best live performances of any song I’ve seen … Strange Music is kind of like ‘The Rat Pack,” only … stranger).

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVikZ8Oe_XA&w=420&h=315]

Falco — Rock Me Amadeus
(He might be spittin’ some serious heat, but Ich spreche nicht Deutsch).

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsrFIe0ZXTo&w=420&h=315]

Tech N9ne — I’m a Playa

(Definitely a good song to throw on before you hit the club — a lot of Tech songs are — or one you should have them play when you enter, assuming you have that kind of clout … one can only hope).

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MARCH 26, 2012