Nas ‘Life’s a Bitch’ / The Gap Band ‘Yearning for your Love’

Science dropped by Martini & Jopparelli. Jan-07-2007

Illmatic Cover

I’m not a ‘first album guy’. First album guys just consider artists for their debut masterpieces.
So Biggie is only ‘Ready to die’, Jay-z is just ‘Reasonable doubts’, Snoop is ‘Doggiestyle’, period.

Even if I don’t agree with this and I like to dig for great songs even in maybe less known albums, I must admit that after his debut lp Nas’s career went through a lot of ups and downs, and to be honest, ups were just a few… By the way, let’s get straight to the point…

It was around 1994 and my brother came home with this tape (yeah cassette tape!), I had never heard before the artist’s name, but I can remember that some crazy head (DJMP) wrote all the pruducers name, song by song, in the back cover.
Large Professor, L.E.S., Pete Rock, Q-tip…
I already was a Tribe fan but definitely not yet an hip hop fanatic, so the only name that I noticed was Q-tip, and that was what made me listen to that tape immediately. Of course I’m talking about Nas’s Illmatic.

Gap Band III lp

The break I present you now is by Gap Band, a well known formation wich reached a lot of commercial success in the 80′s. The song is ‘Yearning for your love’ and you can easily recognize Nas’s ‘Life’s a bitch’ melody in it.
The song features Nas’s father Olu Dara on the trumpet (!!), and the drums are sampled from Grover Washington Jr’s ‘Black Frost’. The production was by L.E.S.

Now I must go out to eat some pizza with mascarpone and speck, so check the mix I made and tell me what you think about!




Gap Band Live
CURIOSITY: (WIKIPEDIA) The modern pop-culture technique of merging suffixes like -izzle into words, such as “shizzle” for “sure”, had as its advent the Gap Band recording of Frankie Smith’s song “Double Dutch Bus,” featuring a rap break fraught with -izzle words. This was reintroduced by E-40, who influenced Snoop Dogg to popularize the use of the suffix.

8 Responses to “Nas ‘Life’s a Bitch’ / The Gap Band ‘Yearning for your Love’”

  1. ozzino says:

    great song, great break and great mix..melody runs smooth along it
    but…how can you call it pizza?!

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  3. djmp45 says:

    mago better know as?

  4. ilmago says:

    I’m Giulio!
    and mascarpone rocks! Big up for mascarpone!

    thanx Ozzino bye bye

  5. 27bloc says:

    Would it be possible to re-up this song – the original link is dead unfortunately. Big thanks.

  6. Cru says:

    RE-up this song

  7. LeadZed says:

    Yeah, this link is dead…somebody should contact ilmago to upload the song again

  8. Jason says:

    Are you sure the drums are from “Black Frost”? I have the vinyl, and I don’t hear them. The drums on “Life’s A Bitch” seem to also come from the Gap Band song. I can’t really identify where the Grover Washington song comes in; I was beginning to think as an interpolation in Ola Daru’s part. Thanks.