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Styles Upon Styles Upon Styles: The Top 5 Recycled Lines From A Tribe Called Quest’s The Low End Theory

Last week, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of A Tribe Called Quest’s seminal album, The Low End Theory, and after spending quality time with the LP, it became clear that many artists may have snagged sonic gems from the trendsetting hip-hop quartet over the years. If you’re a fan of rap music, you already know that sampling and re-working existing songs is commonplace in the creative process; similar to contemporary art’s idea of the “readymade,” producers will lift elements from one song and add them to a new canvas to re-envision their use. But what happens when the same thing is done with lyrics?

One little-known fact: Lil’ Wayne’s“A Milli” is a slowed-down sample of one of Phife’s lines from a remix of “I Left My Wallet in El Segundo” off Tribe’s first album, 1990’s Peoples’ Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm. Sometimes referred to as swagger-jacking, a rapper re-purposing the bars of artists before him or her can in other circumstances be seen as a salute-beckoning sign of respect. And in Tribe’s case, it should be! In addition to sitting down with ATCQ for their first joint interview since 1998, we also got to chat individually with in-and-out, behind-the-scenes group member Jarobi White to scoop his brains for memories on the group’s incredible second album. In honor of its Album-Versary, we present you with Jarobi’s exclusive interview clips, and the Top 5 Recycled Lines From The Low End Theory.

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Weezy Releases New, Apologetic Mixtape To Appease Ravenous Fans

A rapper of Lil Wayne’s stature has certainly earned the right to release music whenever he wants to, so it’s sort of refreshing and endearing that the title of his newest mixtape is geared toward apologizing to his eager fans. Released late last night, Sorry 4 The Wait borrows beats from Rick Ross’ MMG proteg? Meek Mill, Beyonc?’s “Run The World (Girls),” newly signed white femcee Kreayshawn, Young Money/Cash Money compatriot Drake, and street anthem “Racks” by Atlanta rapper YC.

Pushed back for quite a while now since being released from his eight-month stint in the clink, Weezy F Baby’s next full LP, Tha Carter IV, is finally set to street on August 29th. For those of us who can’t wait for tunes any longer, the new mixtape can be downloaded here, and since a now-sober Weezy is trying his hand at hip-hop without being completely kablammed (and because his last few rock-inspired records didn’t do as well as 2008’s Tha Carter III), we should probably accept his apology and support the new movement. Give the 12-track tape a whirl, and let us know what you think!

Lil Wayne Drops Mixtape ?Sorry 4 The Wait? [Idolator]

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