The L.A. Carnival (formerly The Les Smith Band) is the source for the bulk of "Stay". "Seven Steps To Nowhere" is the credited joint from The L.A. Carnival offering Would Like To Pose A Question (Pacific Avenue imprint). No I.D. is the production maven that provided the soundscape that would become "Stay". As usual, No I.D. showcased a knack for finding a jazzy, atmospheric joint that would be the perfect companion for a top-tier emcee (see "D.O.A." by Jay-Z). Take a ride on this adventure with The L.A. Carnival, circa 1971, and see where No I.D. received his inspiration for "Stay".
If you are unsure of any 2012 offerings, be it Hip Hop or any other genre, please cop Life Is Good. Purists and novice listeners can get the next-level lyricism and introspection from an artist still showcasing razor-sharp skills twenty years deep into a career that is almost unparalleled in Hip Hop. After you purchase the album, sample some other offerings from Lester Abrams, the heartbeat behind The L.A. Carnival, The Les Smith Soul Band and other funk/soul outfits during the bell-bottom era.
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