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Does "Disarm" by AllttA sample "I Can't Make You Love Me" by Bonnie Raitt? [closed]

Just listened to I Can't Make You Love Me by Bon Iver. Found out it was a cover of a 90s track by Bonnie Raitt. The melody sounds awfully similar to "Disarm" by AllttA/20syl. Is this a ...
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How did Paul's Boutique (1989) contain sounds which were "not samples"?

I read this strange claim today: Their second album, Paul's Boutique (1989), composed almost entirely of samples, was a commercial failure, but later received critical acclaim. Source: https://en....
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What is the De La Soul song "Potholes in My Lawn" (1988) about?

I can't make any sense of these lyrics. My guess is that he is rapping about somebody having stolen his lyrics or something? Who was that? Somebody famous? I really have made significant efforts to ...
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Who are the actresses in Mariah Carey's Through the Rain?

From Mariah Carey - Through The Rain (Official Music Video) 1st 2nd
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What was Dr Dre's spoon instrument? [closed]

A famous hip-hop producer (whose name we redact here because someone closed this question mistaking it to identifying specific artists or songs) frequently used some sort of spinning spoon instrument ...
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Is there a name for these similar sounding high-pitched voices?

The voices in question can be found in these two choruses: I Feel Like Dying - Lil' Wayne Lonely - Akon and also in this song starting at 0:13 seconds: First Of The Year - Skrillex I hope I'm not ...
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Did that kid rapper "Lil' Bow Wow" really not release his iconic "That's My Name" song in the mid-1990s?

I have a distinct memory of myself hearing this song on the radio in a certain rented "summer house" in the (roughly) mid-1990s, perhaps even earlier, with the memorable refrain going: Bow ...
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Unreleased Kanye West Chain Heavy album

8 years ago, I downloaded a Kanye West album called Chain Heavy. I've always wondered about the history behind this album: maybe half of the songs are available on YouTube; nothing on other streaming ...
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Should we consider Audioslave a continuation of Rage Against The Machine, Soundgarden, or neither?

I've always felt that Audioslave is too clean, too accessible, too 'mainstream' to be considered a continuation of either RATM or Soundgarden. I enjoy it to an extent, but for me, it doesn't resemble ...
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Jazz and hip hop aren't genres but approaches to music?

I remember a friend of mine (who studied music) told me once: Jazz and hip hop are not really genres. But they are actually approaches to music. Have any famous jazz or hip hop artists held this ...
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Didn't Cassie's 'Me and U' (from 2006) have deep bass notes in it?

I recall hearing this song long, long ago a few times and really liking the juxtaposition of deep bass notes with high-pitched (thought not shrill) ones. Now, I hardly hear any bass notes in it, and ...
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"Come Baby Come" by K7 - lyrics for the female vocals?

I am looking for the lyrics of the 90s song "Come Baby Come" by K7, but I cannot find one that includes the female vocals at the start of the song after the "Da ding de ding de ding" part. (I turned ...
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Similar artists to rising crimson?

So, as a composer I usually have musical influences which I'm unaware of but realise years later. I was hoping someone could resonate with the musical inspiration seized me and lasted an album. Who ...
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Missy Elliot's "Work it" lyrics meaning

My English teacher constantly referring to this song as female empowerment and feminism. But I just don't see how. How does the popular song of 2002 Work It by Missy Elliot refer to feminism or ...
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2Pac vs. The Notorious B.I.G. - objective comparisons

People have argued for decades who is the best between rap legends Tupac and Notorious BIG. Most people just choose which artist they love. Who would come out as the objective winner by the following ...
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Is there a term that describes such songs?

I've recently listened to a couple of songs and found a common beat. A quick google search for their genre shows that they fall under the umbrella of Hip-Hop/Rap. However, searching for 'Hip-Hop/Rap' ...
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What rap subgenre is T.I. "Do Ya Thang"

T.I. - Do Ya Thang - what genre is it? Google says it's a hip-hop/rap, but what kind of rap specifically?
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Hip hop lyrics - "You’re just a little guy"

“You’re just a little guy—something on the fly—you are my baby doll you not my baby..” or something like that. I’ve tried listening to the clip but people are talking over it.
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Why did Nas skip out "Bonjour" from his Nasir Film?

On Nas' latest album Nasir, I was wondering if the song Bonjour not featuring in the short film (also called Nasir) had to do with the rumoured copyright issue that delayed the release time or was ...
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Is there a genre name for these new hip hop like songs with clicking drum machine?

Lately (especially after the release of the Black Panther movie and soundtrack) I hear on the radio and at the street a style of music that uses a specific type of a clicking (alternating between ...
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Sugarhill Gang - Apache (Jump on it) - real title?

That's the song that they do street dance to in some dancing school, so i was curious as it has bits from Shadows - Apache. I called it Apache (Jump on it) when I found it on YouTube but the children ...
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Beastie Boys' "An Open Letter to NYC"; reference to the "number ten bus"?

As someone fascinated with the City of New York and the Beastie Boys, I'm trying to figure out some context in their lyrics of the song An Open Letter to NYC. Here are the lines that make me curious: ...
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What is the origin of Biz Markie's stage name?

Did the rapper Biz Markie get his name from the Prussian statesman Otto von Bismarck? According to the German Wikipedia, it is either this, or the baseballer Biz Mackey, but it gives no source. Does ...
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musicians always having face covered

The artist called 'Carla's Dreams' always appears on concerts wearing a hood, sunglasses, and having his face painted, in order to remain incognito. His true identity has remained unknown so far, ...
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What did Donald Glover mean by "Migos are the Beatles of this Generation"?

As a fan of hip-hop/rap music I was highly anticipating Migos new album 'Culture' which was released in the last couple of days. When reading some of the reviews, I noticed there was a reference to ...
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Black Beatles and the Mannequin Challenge

The "Mannequin Challenge" is a new viral video meme where people freeze in place like mannequins, without camera tricks. Most of the videos use the song "Black Beatles," by Rae Sremmurd. But how did ...
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Hip hop instrumental track used on "Freerunning Bangkok's Ghost Tower" video

I've been looking for title of this song / music, but have had no luck. It is used in the "Freerunning Bangkok's Ghost Tower" video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYUxHhF0LZk&t=118s
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Akon: name of cities of origin and languages spoken at home by his parents

I was searching Wikipedia for some information about Akon. I wanted to know the name of the exact cities of origin and nationalities of his parents as well as what languages they spoke at home with ...
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Who are the dignitaries representing in the DJ Shadow / Run the Jewels 'Nobody Speak' video

The Music video for DJ Shadow Feat. Run the Jewels features two dignitaries at a political conference whose voices have been substituted for EL-P and Killer Mike. Both their placards have been ...
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How can the blues be linked to hip hop / rap music?

I've seen / read many things about black music, especially the Negro spiritual, blues, rhythm'n'blues, rock'n'roll, etc. And 99% of what I've heard or read says that the rap music descends from blues,...
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Arrested Development: Static on 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of

I have several copies of this album (CD, cassette, etc) and there is static on many of the tracks. Back in '94 I remember hearing the explanation was: (some guy left the master LP in the sun, or ...
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Who voiced the racist cop on NWA's 'F*ck tha Police'?

In the original song there is the mock trial of a racist cop "That's a lie. That's a Goddamn lie!" etc at about 4:53. I don't think that these lines are recorded by any of the NWA members (Ice ...
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Did Eminem actually compose the song "Stronger Than I was"?

About this song by Eminem, Stronger Than I Was, Wikipedia shows Luis Resto and Eminem both as producers. My concern is that since the song contains very less rap portion did Luis composed most of the ...
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What is the definition of Trunk Music?

I searched over internet but couldn't find nothing. Could someone tell me what is Trunk Music? I just listened to Yelawolf? Edit: Please note that I am not talking about the album. I'm talking about ...
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Dark slow hip-hop song (by the Game?)

I heard a song a long time ago and I think artist is the Game (Jayceon Terrell Taylor). I don't remember any lyrics but in song there was a part an old man mourning that keep repeating throughout the ...
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Did Nelly's song 'over and over' sample another song? [closed]

"It's all in my head I think about it over and over again" - this lyric from Nelly's "Over and over" sounds to me like it's from an earlier song but i can't find it online. Can you help me identify ...
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Where to find instrumentals?

I enjoy rapping along with the artist while listening to (Hip-Hop / Trap) music. But sometimes I'd like to rap all myself over the beat. In such an occasion I have to search for the instrumental, the ...
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Does Janelle Monáe's Metropolis conceptual series have a definite plot?

Janelle Monáe's set of Metropolis suites (comprised, so far, of her debut EP and first two full-length albums, with two suites left to come) is a sci-fi epic about androids. Do the lyrics (so far) ...
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What is the controversy between Jay Z and Nas?

I first heard about this in Eminem’s Like Toy Soldiers in a line: … It was crazy, this shit went way beyond some Jay-z and Nas shit. Can anybody help me understanding what this feud was all about?
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Does rock + rap/hip-hop genre have a name?

I've played a video game Need for Speed Most Wanted, and I came across a weird trend it's it's soundtrack: there were many songs that had hip-hop/rap style, but were backed up by heavy (distorted, ...
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What song has been sampled the most (ended up in the most other released tracks)?

Being a drum and bass and hip hop fan, I'm quite familiar with the Amen Break and Funky Drummer. Is one of these the most sampled sound of all time (in terms of then being incorporated into other ...
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What is the difference between hip hop and rap?

What is the difference between 'hip hop' and 'rap' genres?
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