1. Thelonious Martin’s 10 Favorite Sample Flips.

    Sample_Flips_Thelonious_Martin

    Photo: ©Alexander Richter

    At just 20-years of age Chicago-based Thelonious Martin has quickly established himself as one of the most intriguing and promising young producers to emerge in recent memory, having not only dropped lauded conceptual instrumental suites (e.g. the dreamlike Colors and intimately soulful MCMXCII), but supplied beats behind Action Bronson, Curren$y, Pac Div, Mac Miller, Hodgy Beats, and Jabee, amongst others. An accomplished ear for sample-able material and impressive chopping acumen attest to the fact that this college kid’s been astutely studying more than his school curriculum. We’ve shown his work a lot of love in recent months, so it was only right that we invite Thelonious to share some appreciation and analysis of his all-time favorite sample flips.


    CLICK THE THUMBNAILS ABOVE TO CHECK OUT TM’S FAVORITE SAMPLE FLIPS


    Follow Thelonious Martin on The Twitter.

    1. J Dilla - "Stepson of the Clapper" (Stones Throw, 2006)

    Producer: J Dilla

    Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    Sample Source: Mountain – “Long Red (Live)” (Windfall, 1972)

    Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    Thelonious Martin: This sample has been used so many times in so many ways, but this shit slaps too hard. Like honestly – how’d he’d get to this point in his thought process to flip it like this?

    2. Madlib - "J's Day Theme #3 (Support)" (Stones Throw, 2008)

    Producer: Madlib

    Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    Sample Source: Kay Gee’s – “Find A Friend” (Gang, 1976)

    Thelonious Martin: Off one of my favorite Madlib projects in general, the chops are just way to mean, and the drum knock way too hard. The way he was able to use the guitar lick was too critical. Plus the outro beat is way beyond description.

    3. Elzhi - "Love It Here" (Libido Sounds, 2004)

    Producer: J Dilla

    Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    Sample Source: Smokey Robinson and The Miracles – “Much Better Off” (Tamla, 1968)

    Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    Thelonious Martin: Many have tried to use this sample, some have done pretty well. But the Jay Dee flip is so prolific. He didn’t just use the typical loop, he chopped it so finely that he had so much control over the sample, it’s truly incredible. The instrumental is on one of those Dilla beat tapes. There’s like four of ‘em that have a bunch of random rough drafts of songs and beats. I play this beat on repeat for a good half hour sometimes.

    4. Flying Lotus - "Loop Exec" (demo, 2005)

    Producer: Flying Lotus

    Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    Sample Source: Soul Mann & The Brothers – “A Friend’s Place” (Pickwick, 1971)

    Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    Thelonious Martin: This beat is like if Flying Lotus and DJ Premier had a baby. The cuts are way too smooth, and the things Flying Lotus layers on here almost made me forget he had sampled anything for this. But that’s when you know your chops are nice.

    5. Flying Lotus - "Massage Situation" (Warp, 2007)

    Producer: Flying Lotus

    Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    Sample Source: The Singers Unlimited – “Nature Boy” (MPS, 1975)

    Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    Thelonious Martin: I heard this on Adult Swim and cried. I found out the sample, and went numb. Like for real. Fly-Lo doesn’t get enough credit when it comes to flipping shit but for real, man, he’s crazy with it. The man is wicked with the chops. And not only the chops but actually piecing everything together to make a full out jam. His ability to add on top of a sample and flip it a complete 180 degrees the other way is wild.

    6. Erykah Badu - "The Healer" (Universal Motown, 2008)

    Producer: Madlib

    Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    Sample Source: The Yamasuki Singers – “Kono Samurai” (Finders, 1971)

    Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    Thelonious Martin: I’m a huge fan of Erykah Badu – and of Madlib and Erykah together. Shit is unreal. The chops are ridiculous, and that bass is so fucking smooth. There isn’t much to say – you really just gotta listen to it. This music makes my hairs on my arm stand up.

    7. Jay Electronica - "Dear Moleskin" (web track, 2009)

    Producer: Just Blaze

    Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    Sample Source: Bayeté – “Free Angela (Thoughts…And All I Got To Say)” (Prestige, 1972)

    Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    Thelonious Martin: So simple but so elegant, this is also one of the many reasons I list Just Blaze as one of my major influences. The man has a diverse sense of style and you can’t box him in. I just wish Jay Electronica would come out of hiding and finish the second verse. Anyhow, I love this beat.

    8. M.F. Doom - "Vomitspit" (Rhymesayers, 2004)

    Producer: M.F. Doom

    Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    Sample Source: Mashmakhan – “Happy You Should Be” (Epic, 1970)

    Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    Thelonious Martin: Mm..Food is way too critical to my upbringing. Me and my friends were like nerds to DOOM, asking each other did you hear this, or did you hear this. “Vomitspit” is so tight to me, man. It’s a simple flip but the sample is so left field, like where did he find this? DOOM’s bars to this are glued in my head as well. Shit is just way too smooth to be honest. Thank the lord for this sample, this beat, and this song.

    9. Sean Price - "Bar-Barian" (Duck Down, 2012)

    Producer: Alchemist

    Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    Sample Source: Budka Suflera – “Noc Nad Norwidem” (Polskie Nagrania Muza, 1976)

    Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    Thelonious Martin: First off, what the fuck Alchemist? How, what, when, why? HOW? FUCKING CHOPS ON THIS – son, it doesn’t make sense. THIS IS SO FILTHY. NO SERIOUSLY. IT’S AMAZING. Okay, now that I’ve calmed down – yeah, ALC fucking snapped, his ear and chops are ridiculous.

    10. J Dilla - "Welcome to the Show" (Stones Throw, 2006)

    Producer: J Dilla

    Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    Sample Source: Motherlode – “When I Die” (Buddah, 1969)

    Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    Thelonious Martin: This is the flip that made me want to start making music seriously. Then add in the back story of what was going on with Jay Dee at the time, [and it's clear how] he truly spoke through his music: “When I die I hope to be a better man then you thought I’d be…” It’s almost eerie in a sense where someone could manipulate music like that to leave a farewell like that. It’s amazing. Thank you, Jay Dee.


  2. You might wanna peep...

    • JB

      motherlode flip is one of my favorites but as for the alchemist i wasnt really feelin that beat

    • DEF DINGO

      wish the input was stronger

    • http://www.facebook.com/sjerrick Steve Jerrick

      that flying lotus flip is insane.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sjerrick Steve Jerrick

      de la soul flipped that bayete track waaaay before Just Blaze.

Follow The Leaders.

Heavy Rotation.

Diamond District - March On Washington
Ghostface Killah - 36 Seasons
Thelonious Martin - Wunderkid
Chairman Mao - Across 135th Street - Enjoy Rap Music 2