Gianni Lee and Mike Blud, the guys behind previous mixes that compiled the samples from Yeezus, Take Care, and good kid, m.A.A.d. city, have returned to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Kanye West's landmark debut album. "College Dropout: The Samples" is a 70+ minute mix that features 12 songs that Kanye sampled, and two that he interpolated in various tracks on his 2004 album. Tune in above.
Unlike a similar mix made by Chris Read for the 20th anniversary of A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders, "College Dropout: The Samples" doesn't blend original songs with the songs that sampled them, opting instead to let the original songs play out in their entirety. In some cases, the portion of the song that Kanye chose to sample is a very small snippet (for example, the voice yelling "nigger!" at the beginning of the Curtis Mayfield song), and in others, the original song acted as more of a blueprint for his tinkering (such as The Arc Choir's "Walk With Me"). The two hip-hop songs in the mix, 2Pac's "Ambitionz of a Ridah" and Jay Z's "Hovi Baby" remix, contained lyrics that were interpolated on College Dropout, namely "I can't deny it, I'm a straight ridah" and "First I had the streets, then I had the charts."
The mix was accompanied by this description on SoundCloud:
Celebrating The 10th Anniversary of Kanye West's College Dropout the crate digging duo is back. Producer/Designer Gianni Lee links up with Producer Mike Blud once again to celebrate one of the greatest Hip Hop albums of our generation with a collection of all the original samples from Def Jam's rap classic.
Check out the tracklist below, and head over to Kanye's Zumic artist page for more of his music, videos and news.
Gianni Lee & Mike Blud "College Dropout: The Samples" tracklist:
1. Dropout Interlude - prod. Gianni Lee ft. Stackz
2. Jimmy Castor Bunch - I Just Wanna Stop (We Don't Care)
3. Lauryn Hill - Mystery Of Iniquity (All Falls Down)
4. Marvin Gaye - Distant Lover (Spaceship)
5. The Arc Choir - Walk With Me (Jesus Walks)
6. Curtis Mayfield - If There's a Hell Below We're All Going to Go (Jesus Walks)
7. Blackjack - Maybe it's The Power of Love (Never Let Me Down)
8. Jackie Moore- Precious Precious (Breathe In Breathe Out)
9. Aretha Franklin - Spirit In The Dark (School Spirit)
10. Luther Vandross - A House is Not A Home (Slow Jamz)
11. Mandrill - Peace & Love (Two Words)
12. Chaka Khan - Through The Fire (Through The Wire)
13. 2Pac - Ambitionz Az A Ridah (Family Business)
14. Bette Midler - Mr Rockefeller (Last Call)
15. Jay Z - Hovi Baby Remix (Never Let Me Down) (Bonus)