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Six Degrees of Sampling: Maybe Tomorrow by The Jackson Five


About a decade ago or so I walked into Vinyl, a record store in downtown Vancouver, and found a used copy of The Jackson 5’s Maybe Tomorrow gatefold album. Indeed, this was a gem. I remember my boyfriend incessantly asking to borrow the record but I kept on saying no because I knew he would either lose it or wreck it.

The first time I listened to the record I instantly loved it. Not only for the tracks themselves, but also because I could recognize samples taken from some of my favorite songs. One of the samples was from the title track, “Maybe Tomorrow,” which was used in Ghostface Killah and Mary J. Blige’s “All That I Got is You,” one of the best singles from Ghostface’s solo debut Ironman and one of my favorite Wu-Tang ballads (did I just use the term Wu-Tang ballad?!). Ghostface does a superb job at illustrating his formative years and the sample taken from “Maybe Tomorrow” sets the mood of the song perfectly.

Eventually that boyfriend and I broke up – to this day he still has a good number of my records so I’m really glad I kept the Jackson 5 album. Yep.

Check out the two songs below.

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Image credit: Katrina

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