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Cover version of the day: Gang Starr – Check the technique

Gang Starr

Gang Starr

More of a sample than a cover to be honest but a classic slice of hip hop all the same.  Gang Starr consisted of the late Guru and DJ Premier. They fused jazz with hip hop and sampled loads of fantastic soul tracks.

This one obviously rips off Marlena Shaw’s ‘California Soul’. A track which has gone more mainstream over the last few years due to use in various ads and by played by leading DJs including David Holmes. It was also sampled by DJ Shadow on “Midnight in a perfect World” on the “Endtroducing” album.

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