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Common takes the witness stand.

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This week on the Seven O Clock Sample, I've decided to open Pandora's box, and explore the music samples of Kanye West.

There is no doubt that Kanye has lost his mind over the past few years,

...but his production quality has remained stellar!

In 2005, Common called on Mr. West to bring the soul back for his BE album. With the exception of the late great Dilla, this album featured all of it's production from Kanye.

This track used a particularly cool "flip" of it's sample source...

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZRH68Ib1Ko&hl=en_US&fs=1&]

That was a big hit for Common, it's was a rather obscure single for it's original performers.

In 1972, three soulful sisters by the name HONEY CONE, released their last album on Hot Wax records called Love, Peace & Soul. The record featured this track...

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-XTHvDzLKw&hl=en_US&fs=1&]