I was a fan of Jean-Jacques Perrey without even knowing who he was, and he passed away two years ago at the age of 87. I'm a little sad about that, but better late than never, I can still tell you the man born Jean Leroy just over 89 years ago (Jan. 20, 1929) was considered a pioneer in the field of electronic music and was one half of the popular avant garde group Perrey and Kingsley long before the term "electronic music" had even been coined. Their first album "The In Sound from Way Out!" has been sampled by everyone from Stereolab to Smashmouth. It was a song from Perrey's solo work that I had unknowingly fell in love with though - a track titled "E.V.A." from his 1970 album "Moog Indigo."
If the track sounds familiar it should and if it doesn't then you're about to see why as I run you down some of the great hip-hop tracks that chopped it up and looped it.
1.) GangStarr - "Just to Get a Rep"
2.) Pusha T - "Lunch Money"
3.) Erick Sermon & Redman - "Freak Out"
4.) A Tribe Called Quest - "Same Ol' Thing"
I could have picked WAY more than four. In fact I disqualified House of Pain's "Fed Up (Remix)" specifically because it featured Guru so it was clearly a nod to "Just to Get a Rep." In fact that makes me think it's the voting favorite, but we're still going to run a poll anyway so vote below!