Slow Dance by David Ruffin
What’s good, WBS? Once again, I’m holding down this week’s write-up while your boy, illa, is putting the finishing touches on his beat. This week we sample one of my favorite vocalists of all time: David Ruffin. Most of you should know Ruffin as one of the most notable lead singers of The Temptations—his first song as lead singer and undeniably most memorable being “My Girl.”
“Slow Dance” was featured on Ruffin’s last studio album entitled Gentlemen Ruffin (the cover of which was used for Wiz Khalifa’s mixtape, Kush and OJ) which was released on Warner Bros in 1980. Ruffin had a pretty dysfunctional relationship with The Temptations throughout the years. It’s the classic tale of the hubris of man. After several hit songs as lead, Ruffin started to let the fame go to his head. That, coupled with his growing addiction to cocaine, ultimately left the Temptations with no other choice but to kick him out of the group. After being fired, Ruffin would grab the mic (uninvited, mind you) at Temptation shows and literally steal the show from the group. Ruffin would go on to record several solo albums with Motown to fulfill his contract (after attempting to sue the label) before signing with Warner Bros. Ruffin later died after an apparent cocaine overdose in 1991. Despite his apparent self-destruction, his voice will forever be regarded as one of greatest of all time.
If you haven’t already seen it, I highly recommend watching the television mini-series, The Temptations. Although controversial, you get a glimpse into some of Ruffin’s life and times in the Tempations.
Check this scene from the Temptations miniseries:
Namaste. – Soco (@bsoco/@generationill)
Featured Beats and Producers:
Exit Twenty 1ne by illa (Miami, FL)
Si Nas ay parang by Chrizo (Las Piñas, Philippines)
Not For The Vault by Sideways (Orlando, FL)
Slow it Down Noy by Defurious for Beatronix Production (Davao City, Philippines)
Airwalker by Blackph03nix (London, England)
Drake Track by 25/8 (Miami, FL)
Slow Blow by D (Lipa, Batangas)
Slow (Revisited) by C. Bran (Charlotte, NC)
Close Encounters by Agent Smith 78 (Chicago, IL)
Slow Down by Flava Matikz (Q-York City, Philippines)
Love Rush (Boo Boo) by SDM/BoxoutBeats (Makati City, Philippines)
Another Song Which Uses This Sample:
Slow it Down by Little Brother (Prod. by 9th Wonder)
i have a few comments this week…..illa ur beat was very sideways-esque….i was feelin it….D, ur beat was raw, choppy n head jerkin how i like them! NICE!…..agent smith 78, u been very consistant for weeks! keep it up, ur a beast!…….Flava Matikz, luv that scratched up crazy shit!
they don’t know bout no David Ruffin!!!!!! he was the TRUTH!!!! this weeks session should be SICK!!
Everybody’s beat is crazy. Dope. Great session this week. PEACE!
Sideways-esque! I finally have a style! Awesome!
BTW, the end of my beat could blend into the beginning Black’s beat. We both were thinking on some amp filters it seems this time around.
Dope beat brother. It surely feels like we have collaborated somehow!
I have said it before and I will say it again…..
(I know you can hear me illa n Soco! hehehe)
Let’s make it happen!!!! We could do so much with this by travelling, doing shows, slots and much more!
Peace and Love to all
like whoa…it just gets better ea wk!
boxout = dig da congos / flav = takot ako sa inyo, pimpin. q-city!! / smith78 = so amorous / cbran = highway-cruisin & bass bouncin…still running errands lol / batangas D = for da soldiers marchin or west coast hip-hop tinikling lol / 25/8 = so acid jazzy and imaginary / defurious = nice “kayo ang boss ko”…hurray for orchids & durian fruit lol davao stand up! / no doubt chrizo = we aquarians ARE half-man half amazing (just a little ego lol) / sideways = re “i finally have a style” wth?! of course man! i adore your beats…so engaging. I thought i was the only 1ne that liked to play the tracks simultaneously lol / BP = code-red bangers that make my eyes bug out fr the break! re “i have said it before and will say it again…conference, meet up, performance” ditto, ditto, ditto effin ditto yo. I think we’re just gonna have to go down there and make em do it lol (sike iLLa & soco don’t hurt me lol) / iLLa beans the sample-chooser, beat-loader, starbucks killah = the indefatigable…
sn: been meaning to ask….how do you guys come up with titles? this session rocked! can’t wait for the next episode…
People: Listen, Join, Comment & spread the word. Support indie striving artists dammit! salute fr your main WBS aficionado. peace
yes sideways has a sound! lol! its VERY unique and crazy as shit! hes likes the robert rodriguez of beat making! lol!
to answer ur question on how i come up wit titles for my tracks 1) i listen to the sample and c where it takes me or what feelings it makes me have….and/or 2) b4 i listen to the sample for the week i say to myself “im gonna try this direction this week” and try to recreate that……lastly 3) if i feel my beat was made for a certain artist i simply name it that way! as u can c this week! lol!
Yo. I’m about to get some DJing lessons from my homie Flavamatikz soon! Kudos and much respect to my producer brothers on WBS!!!