The Whispers – What More Can a Girl Ask For | BeatSession 04|10|12

The Original Sample:

What More Can a Girl Ask For by The Whispers

I credit my dad with being my first music influence growing up. One day — I couldn’t have been more than 11 or 12 yrs old — he told me to get dressed and said that I was starting piano lessons. A year later, the pianist in his band called in sick and he asked me to fill in for a gig.  I became a permanent fixture in my father’s band, but I’ll save that story for another post. Fast forward to college. My dad heard that I started performing up in Gainesville and that I was part of some band or music group. I think he was excited to hear that I was getting back into music. It probably reminded him of when we used to perform. To be honest, I was hesitant to tell him details of what I was doing musically. For one, my dad is super conservative (and he’s an ex-seminarian) and I was certain that he bought into the negative connotations and stereotypes that people sometimes associate with hip hop. Secondly, I wasn’t really sure he’d understand what I did — specifically beat making. But recently that changed.

My dad has two passions that he does on the side: gardening and carpentry. But he hardly buys seeds for gardening and almost never buys wood for carpentry. But somehow my parents’ house is lush with a variety of plants, a majority of which were taken “pruned” from city parks, parking lots, friends’ houses, or neighbors. He keeps a pair of pruning sheers in the back of his van. In their back yard, he’s been working on a project for the past six months: a gazebo. The pieces of wood that make up the gazebo are — you guessed it — unwanted scraps from the neighbors or from people on Craigslist trying to get rid of an old bookshelf or baby’s crib. Last week, I told my dad that he does the exact same thing that we (meaning WBS) do each week.  At first, he was skeptical that there was any parallel. But when I explained, it’s like a switch was turned on. He understood. He understood the art of taking pieces of old, discarded scraps and reassembling it to make something new… something beautiful.

This week’s sample comes from The Whispers’ 1974 album, Bingo.

Quick Update:

BPM [Beats Per Minute] – This weekend (4/14/12), a few WBS affiliates (Chrizo, Bojam, and B-Roc) will be hosting Manila’s first ever beat making workshops. Check out this 30 sec. promo for more info.

peace, @illa0804 /@generationill

On to the next…

Featured Beats and Producers:

An Ending by Blackph03nix (London, England)

DONTGO JOINT by Mr. Klimatic (Toledo, OH)

ClanDestined by Kritikul (Miami, FL)

Ask For by Twitchbeats (Hollis, NY)

Good Busy (Know Where You Are) by Sideways (Portland, OR)

Tell Me by Hi-Rock (Toronto, Canada)

A Different Beat by thadizzie1 (San Francisco, CA)

Another Song Which Uses This Sample:

Live and Learn by Cormega (Prod by Pete Rock)

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