Today we present a timeline of how we believe one particular composition ended up resurfacing nearly 30 years after it first emerged.
1989: “Up Market” appears for the first time (probably) on an NBA release (Awesome Endings).
- - - - Through the mid-to-late ’90s and the 2000s, “Up Market” fails to make a notable appearance - - - -
Track 7 off “Piñata,” entitled “Shitsville,” samples Quin’s “Up Market” throughout. You can hear the instrumental here.
We don’t think it is a coincidence that an MC who grew up on NBA in the early ’90s ended up rapping over a beat that samples a track used in an MJ video from that same period.
Whether Gibbs approached Madlib with the Air Time intro and said “Find this and make a beat from it” or Madlib unearthed “Up Market” independently is something we’ll probably never know.
It would be nice to hear the whole story from Freddie Gibbs’ mouth though.
Because we like both, we took the liberty of combining Air Time footage with the “Shitsville” beat.