The Original Sample:
So I tried calling illa, but apparently the creepy robot lady on his voicemail who happens to know my name claims he can’t come to the phone right now. Also his mailbox is full. Last I heard he was taking his model friend to dinner at some Mediterranean restaurant that doubled as a halfway house for latchkey kids. But I digress.
Back in ’95, a Detroit duo named 1st Down released the song, “A Day Wit’ The Homies.” Consisting of Phat Kat and Jay Dee, the duo would later reunite on wax 4 years later on the Phat Kat’s EP entitled Dedication to the Suckers with production done entirely by Jay Dee.
In 2001, on a road trip to Orlando, I dropped damn near 20 bucks on Jay Dee’s Welcome 2 Detroit at the Virgin Megastore. Best 20 bucks I ever spent. From beginning to end, you hear classic Dilla and personally, “Featuring Phat Kat” was my favorite track. That sharp hitting snare, the random vocal samples– even the ridiculous outro– all elements that were commonplace in Dilla’s work. And probably my favorite part of the beat is the chop he used from this week’s sample.
Featuring Phat Kat by Jay Dee/J Dilla
Phat Kat starts spitting some hard-ass verse and then all of a sudden you hear that Steve Howe whistling moog (or at least that’s what it sounds like). It all comes together in a great amalgamation of sounds making that particular song one of the hallmarks of how James Yancey changed my life. Unexpected. Strangely fitting. Sweet. Eerie. Dilla.
► The Weekly Beat Sessions Vol. 1 by thadizzie1 – a collection of WBS classics hand-selected thadizzie1.
Featured Beats and Producers:
4U…Dilla by thadizzie1 (San Francisco, CA)
Toronto Love Jay by Hi-Rock (Toronto, Canada)
Dillappines by Chrizo (Las Piñas, Philippines)
The Dilla by Sadik The BEAsTMASTER (Houston, TX)
Happy Birthday Dilla by Justin de Guzman (Manila, Philippines)
Slum Symphony by Laidback (Nantes, France)
JDY JOINT by Mr. Klimatic (Toledo, OH)
Sentenced [Miuosh – Skazani feat. Zeus REMIX] by Emowsky (Świętochłowice, Poland)
We Back In Bizness by Flava Matikz feat. Knowa Lazarus (Q-York City, Philippines)
Rebirth by Blackph03nix (London, England)
Beats of the Southern Wild by Sideways (Portland, OR)
Frozen in Time by 25/8 (Miami, FL)
His Story by Agent Smith 78 (Chicago, IL)
The Bathtub by The Lone Stranger (Mare Tranquillitatis)
Loose Ends by Fresh (Pompano Beach, FL)
(Un)Certainty by Gee (Toronto, Canada)
Another Song Which Uses This Sample:
Move/Renaissance Rap by Q-tip