Weirdo New York Rappers Cam’Ron and Vado rhyme over a beat produced by Jason “Sire” Turnbull, which flips an old J-Spiritual into the rugged street anthem/sex rap “Speaking in Tungs”. Nifty! The source material is buried deep in the soundtrack for the film Akira, which was brought to life by the mysterious music collective, the Geinoh Yamashirogumi. The sample is only a few seconds long and comes six-minutes into the sprawling epic “Shohmyoh”.
Geinoh Yamashirogumi | Shohmyoh (Download)
(sample starts at 6:16)
The Geinoh Yamashirogumi is a pretty sprawling group in itself, consisting of hella (read: hundreds of) members who sing, chant, and play way old instruments in an effort to recreate folk traditions from around the world as well as devise new ones, as was the case in Akira. The following video is part one of the documentary Akira Sound Clip, which offers insight into the creation of the soundtrack to Akira. The whole thing is worth watching, and available on Youtube so AVAIL YOURSELF.
BONUS ROUND: Das Racist comandeered the beat for their song “Speaking in Tongues” which they spend 2/3 of rapping and 1/3 of speaking in tongues. You can snag that version below.
Das Racist | Speaking in Tongues (Download)