This week, this a history lesson presented in the form of a bonus episode, decease mixed by the infamous J Rocc of the Beat Junkies. Ladies and gentlemen – Droppin’ Science.

Now, sovaldi for those of you who are not “up” on the “hip slang” of “today’s young hepcats”, droppin’ science refers to when a professor or scientist accidentally allows a test tube to fall onto the floor. Appropriately enough, then, this mix features a slice of the Blue Note discography that served as the font and laboratory for a major chunk of the production behind many of our favorite rappidy-raps – right alongside some of those true and actually rappidy-raps.

The selection, of course, comes from the recent Blue Note release, Droppin’ Science – Greatest Samples from the Blue Note lab, which presents the original samples in their untampered brilliance. Some of us may well have these songs already (on vinyl, no less), but for anyone that wants a pristine copy of ten of the most-often raided jawns next to the Funky Drummer, this is not a bad choice. Or, hell, if you’re a producer, see if you can sample a different part of The Edge and make it sound as legendary.

And of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention a good portion of the reason for posting this episode up while I prepare for the next one – I’ve got 5 free copies of this one on hand to give out to anyone who wants one. 3 are going out on this site, 2 are going out exclusively to Mixtape Show Facebook Group members – so join up.

Want one? Pretty easy – if you listen to this mix, you’ll hear, as noted above, some of the actual sampled cuts right next to some of the better-known tracks that sample them. Just name any one of the many hip-hop classics that you hear in this episode below – artist and track, please – and based upon how quick you are and how much I like you, I’ll get you a copy shipped out. Post your answers in the comments. (If you’ve won something in the past, feel free to name cuts, but we’re trying to let everyone get a chance here, dig?)

For those interested in the tracklist of the actual CD you’ll be winning (and if you don’t win, might as well cop it):

1. It’s Your Thing- Lou Donaldson
2. Mystic Brew- Ronnie Foster
3. Think Twice- Donald Byrd
4. The Edge- David McCullum
5. Oblighetto- Brother Jack McDuff
6. Get Out Of My Life Woman- Joe Williams
7. Down Here On the Ground- Grant Green
8. Spinning Wheel- Lonnie Smith
9. Howling For Judy- Jeremy Steig
10. Who’s Making Love- Lou Donaldson

But for this episode itself – for the first time in Mixtape Show history, no tracklist. I’m gonna let you all fill that one out. For the n00bs among us, this is your first introduction to what we in “the know” call “diggin in the crates”, which of course dates back to the old Chinese railroad workers that would dig about in crates full of railroad ties for particularly shiny specimens which they would sell on the black market so that they could afford Mobb Deep records. It’s an exciting world, ladies and gentlemen, and we welcome you.

And hey, bonus, you can listen to this one at work and not get in trouble. No curses!

30 thoughts on “MIXTAPE 104 – DROPPIN SCIENCE

  1. “…which of course dates back to the old Chinese railroad workers that would dig about in crates full of railroad ties for particularly shiny specimens which they would sell on the black market so that they could afford Mobb Deep records.” Anyone else notice the rather creepy simultaneous falling off of Mobb Depp in the mid nineties and the opening up of China to the western world? Coincidence; I think not. Here ends the lesson.

  2. Who got the props?-Black Moon
    Electric Relaxation-ATCQ
    Think Twice-Dilla
    Next Episode-Dre
    Everyday it Rains-Mary J
    One More Chance (Rmx)-Biggie
    Last song…sounds like Janelle Monae??

    …could’ve done more but it feels like the Nyquil is kickin in

  3. the one at 15:20 is one of my favorite samples…it’s gotta be dilla right?

  4. Dex, is there anywhere I can get that Bullion track?! Beach boys flip on ‘Mamiko’ ep :)
    Peace :)

  5. Ok, so I heard both versions of “Think Twice,” the first by Dwele and and the second by Erykah Badu, and I also heard “Electric Relaxation” by a Tribe Called Quest. Great show by the way. I’m pretty sure its my favorite episode. Keep up the good work Dex.

  6. emails have been sent out kids – if you ain’t get one, better luck next time! (next time will be sooner than you think)

  7. Dex….
    Nice one…some great music, for sure… and some stuff I haven’t heard in a while.
    …Got me lookin’ on the shelves and in the crates here now!
    (if the Chinese railroad workers haven’t beaten me to it)

    Top stuff amigo…


  8. (in my dj voice)…aww man!!! that is hot…mixtapeshow.net did it again..woooooo weee ..ok whew!! lol this is great im love these type of mixtapes um downloads ..keep up the good work

  9. Yo Dex new subscriber here and i just wanted to drop some shouts on the latest podcast…droppin science!!! yo that sure shot jazz flute cut is the biznass!!! please keep dewin what ya dew!!
    big shouts to mamiko as well for holdin it down for you a few weeks ago!!…man im glad i subscribed to this…no bs just straight off the dome


  10. yes yes rudeboy, safe for the shout out last year. what is the name of the last track, the one that fades out. it’s fucking iLL. if you could let me, if you know. peace. sleazy..

  11. Prof – good looking out! all credit again due to J Rocc for doing this one. check the archives, lots of other joints in there.

    sleazebaG – refresh my memory, which shout? and as for samples, this might be a starting point: bluenote.com/droppinscience/player. Got most of the tunes on there.

    Brer – yeah, I’ve seen that one as well. I need to get up on some of those downloads.

  12. That track was a good use of the Blood Sweat & Tears song Spinning Wheel. Instruments are beautiful!

  13. dex, Im just feeling this last piece from the heart, it’s plain magic, thanx for putting it out. keep up the good work.

  14. Let us not forget that that Black Moon sample on Who got tha props? Was also jones’d by Usher Raymond on “Think of You” from when he was like 14.

  15. Beatie Boys – Sure Shot
    Tribe Called Quest – Electric Relaxation
    Dr. Dre – Last Episode II

  16. Dope! I was wondering where Primo got that “Code of the Streets” sample from! Awesome podcast man, much props!

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