Do you dig The Joy by Kanye West ft Curtis Mayfield, Jay-Z, Charlie Wilson and KiD CuDi? Pete Rock’s instant classic track was originally set for a group called Strong Arm Steady and was called “Makings of You.” Check it out.

Props to NahRight.com for the scoop.  If you missed The Joy, do yourself a BIG favor and cop it right now here.  It’s arguably the best of the G.O.O.D. Friday releases.

Click here to download.  As dope as Pete Rock’s production is, this track would not be anything without the sample of the legendary Curtis Mayfield.  Here are some of his classics.  You might recognize this one from the intro to Snoop’s Doggystyle. It’s originally from the soundtrack to Super Fly:

Here’s another classic from that album.  Check the orchestration.  Ridiculous:

This one has been sampled a lot and was on the Dead Presidents soundtrack:

And, of course, here’s the one that Pete Rock used for his sample, The Makings of You (the sampled section kicks in at the 30 second mark):

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