You Can’t Blame Me by Johnson, Hawkins, Tatum & Durr
I imagine that every artist looks forward to that day when their kids call them uncool. I know I look forward to it. I’ll tell them that they’re wrong and that I was part of a hip hop group back in college, Generation ILL, and this dope ass movement called The Weekly Beat Sessions.
Enter Al Dawson: one-fourth of an unsigned soul group called The Revelations from Columbus, Ohio.
It’s 1971 and Bill Moss from Capsoul Records hears the group audition and wants to sign them. But first, Bill Moss decides to rename the group using each of their last names. Simple enough, right? Thus, the group was renamed Johnson, DAWSON, Tatum & Durr. Nice… Now it’s time to record their first single, “You Can’t Blame Me”. Done. Now it’s time to press the vinyl and apply the labels. Bill Moss proudly applies the labels which read Johnson, HAWKINS, Tatum & Durr. WAIT what– Who the hell is Hawkins!? Turns out that Bill Moss accidentally swapped Dawson for Hawkins. I imagine him giving the 1971 equivalent of a *kanye shrug* when Al Dawson finds out about the error.
This is why I feel for Al Dawson. For years, he was probably telling his kids that he was part of some soul group from the early 70s. Maybe they never believed him. I mean, the group and the 45s are THAT rare. Then 2005 comes around and a label (Numero Group) unearths the old 45s and releases it in a compilation. But his kids still don’t believe him because it says HAWKINS not DAWSON. Damn, Al Dawson can’t win.
Well, I hope that one day Al Dawson’s children Google their father’s name and stumble upon this post. Because Al Dawson is indeed the “Hawkins” in Johnson, Hawkins, Tatum & Durr. And for that, he is cool.
► MEH MOGYA/SAMPLE OF ME: Limited Edition Vinyl | by Larry Achiampong (Blackph03nix)
Featured Beats and Producers:
MVP-Big L (Mr. Kwazi ReFIX) by Mr. Kwazi (Ontario, Canada)
10 Meter Dash feat. Verb & JedLi by JedLi of People’s Future (Manila, Philippines)
Frankie Payne-Hard Headed Remix by Hi-Rock (Toronto, Canada)
Damp Knees by Bruce Juice (Orlando, FL)
It Was Me by Paper Son (Los Angeles, CA)
Thirty-One by Sideways (Portland, OR)
Embrace (Autumn’s Return) by NeV (Augusta, GA)
The Girl by Ant Hearn (Southampton, England)
Gone & Come Back by Ambush feat Tony Decks (Charlotte, NC)
Living is Harder by Blackph03nix (London, England)
(We BrainStorm) Tha Teacha remix by Sev Seveer (Chicago, IL)
At First Sight by thadizzie1 (San Francisco, CA)
When You Find by Enfinity (Winter Park, FL)
Fonzie by Kam0 (Paris, France)
The Drive Home by Def Justice (Washington, DC)
ITSUPTOU JOINT by Mr. Klimatic (Toledo, OH)
Sweet Sixteen by Agent Smith 78 (Chicago, IL)
That’s What I Want by 1stup (Greensboro, NC)
I Miss Real Hip Hop by Kritikul (Miami, FL)
60 Minutes by Grayscale (Richmond, VA)
Ok Here’s The Plan by Morris Chestnut (Gainesville, FL)
Beat6 by Dondon aka Proven (Paranaque, Philippines)
Rise & Shine by SPNZ (Makati City, Philippines)
ATLiens (Dingo Remix) by Dingo (Detroit, MI)
What I Want by @ProdbyDrew (Fresno, CA)
puh puh puh puh puh puh pum by Chrizo (Las Piñas, Philippines)
Other Songs Which Use This Sample:
On My Way by Curren$y (2009)
When You Find by Wiz Khalifa (2009)
Booth N Da Sky by Big K.R.I.T. (2009)
Represent by Jester and Don Martin (2009)
What Goes On by Mobb Deep (2009)
Big Dreamers by Reks (2008)
Man I wish I had the skills to rhyme because all of the tracks this week are COMPLETE FIRE! Nice man.
B4 i start… Welcome back Agent Smith… Ur heat has surely been missed!!!!
Great, great session, alot of new names in the beat stew… Or is being gone 2 wks to long…
Anyway my faves… Bruce, Nev, Black, Paper, Sev n AS78…
ON 2 the next one!!!!
btw… Where’s PMBeats and Chrizo???? Inquiring minds wanna know…
DOPE SESSION PEEPS… N im out…
Appreciate the warm welcome, happy to be back.
Btw… I used last week sample as the hook to play around with since i didn’t do last week session… Filtered and pitched out the vocals of this weeks sample to make the bassline…
Agent Smith FTW. But that joint from thadizzie1 is killing it though. Well done gentlebrothers.
Thanks Evan. Truth be told, I wasn’t really feeling the beat I made. Thadizzie1 joint is dope as hell.
great job this week fellas! i really wish i had the time to chop this joint up cause this sample was too smooth but i was busy in vegas tryin to fatten my pockets!….didnt really work out too well! lol!
honorable mentions: Mr. Kwari, Paper Son, Ant Hearn, Kritikul….BEASTS!
Folks went in this week.
I don’t like to leave people out, but Ant Hearn…wtf? Well done, man. Kritikul – you too – took it back.
man, what a week. Was it the dopeness of the sample or the kick in the ass due to the good news about Hype Machine? either way, i hope the submissions come in like this on the reg. Until this week my first, and last flip was the Otis Redding jawn, feels great to be back. I do check every track every week though. feelin the vast majority of these! and not to leave anyone out, but damn jo. Paper Son. every single week I’m just blown away by your submissions, real talk. I hope illa never codes my track above yours in the future lol! Hi Rock was craazy mad ill as well. kritikul respect on them dusty drums. Currently messing with the registry on my machine to kill a virus, hopefully i wont miss this week’s
curren$y and wiz shoulda waited two years till 10/4/11 and checked WBS before goin in on that record #weaktracksIMO
i agree Sev, but if u haven’t already check Mobb Deep’s “Must Go Hard”; it was produced by Alchemist and u already know he KILLED the sample to perfection!
wow the lineup this week is crazy…just pure dopeness!!!!
ima have to say that i like the jester and don martin jawn most of all the well known versions
I really like the WBS posts because all the industry versions sound the same. none of those 6 jawns got too creative
Whoo!!! Chrizo sneaked in there… FIAH my mang!!!
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