No matter how much time you spend listening to music in your life, there’s always going to be some shit you miss. Last week, a buddy of mine at work, who’s my age and loves hip-hop, was playing this ill song with a crazy beat, and I caught wind of it since he sits at the desk across from me. I thought it was some new shit, but it turns out, it was a Donovan track from 1968 called “Get Thy Bearings.” Honestly, I had never even heard of Donovan, but the song was dope, so I did some investigating.
First, I listened to a few of his other songs on Spotify. Wasn’t feeling them. Totally different vibe. Then, I thought, “I wonder if anyone has ever sampled ‘Get Thy Bearings’ before?” Come to find out, thanks to WhoSampled aka one of the illest sites in the history of the web, that the one and only Biz Markie looped it up on his 1991 song “I Told You.” Props, Biz! Check Donovan’s OG version above, and Biz’s flip below.