I'm curious what the origin of main background-persistent sample in the DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (Will Smith) song Summertime is from? It's sort of familiar to me as something reminiscent of some electronic charging noise but I can't quite get it.

Link to the song here.

Can you guys think of any potential origins where that background persistent portamento synth is from or may be inspired or derived from?

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    Do you mean the portamento synth?
    – user16
    Apr 14, 2015 at 14:08
  • Yes, after looking that up, that's the thing I'm looking for, yeah.
    – Nyarmith
    Apr 14, 2015 at 14:11

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It's from the end of Kool and the Gang's Summer Madness.

Whosampled only lists two sources for the song, and one is only used for drums, so that narrowed it down a lot!

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