Beatminer League: Kool & the Gang – The Early Years

blame it on JES7 March 11, 2012

Apologies for the mediocre photo

Dug out a few favorite LPs from Kool & the Gang, pre-Jungle Boogie era, when they were more of an instrumental jazz and funk ensemble. Instrumentation was way too ill back then. Don’t get it twisted, there were some great later records from them during the mid to late 70s, but the earlier stuff trumps them all in my opinion. Enjoy. Download links are highlighted beneath stream. More after the jump.

Soul Vibrations | Sampled by Joe Budden, ATCQ, LL Cool J and Jaz

Funky Granny | Sampled by ATCQ & Beastie Boys

Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart) | Sampled by Statik Selektah f. Styles P, Termanology & Q-Tip

Chocolate Buttermilk | Sampled by Special Ed, EPMD, Eric B & Rakim and of course, Pete Rock & CL Smooth

Give It Up | Sampled by Gang Starr, NWA, The Jimmy Castor Bunch & Eric B & Rakim

Sea of Tranquility | Sampled by D’Angelo

Dujiii | Sampled by Chi Ali, Gang Starr & Pete Rock & CL Smooth

N.T. | Sampled by EVERYONE. One of my favorite drum breaks, and of course, the horns to It Ain’t Hard To Tell

DOWNLOAD: BML: Kool & the Gang – The Early Years