Demixed #1: The Roots – Dear God 2.0 | With Monsters of Folk, Zeds Dead, Trevor Dandy, Kid Cudi, Ghostface Killah, Yelawolf.

Demixed is a new feature that will take a song, and look at the musical journey that helped the song come to fruition – a story of samples throughout history. Know a song’s past? Write a Demixed! Email, or hit us up on our Facebook page.


February 2012

We’ll start with the latest iteration: the Zeds Dead remix of The Roots‘ ‘Dear God 2.0’. This song isn’t new to the site, I’ve posted it before in my Zeds Dead feature. Released in February 2012, Zeds Dead took The Roots hip-hop track, and put a little filth on it. Listen/download below.

June 22, 2010

Two years before – The Roots drop ‘Dear God 2.0’ featuring Monsters of Folk on their album, How I Got Over. A chilling track with on-point verses from Black Thought, it explores the state of the world, and where we fit into all the madness. The 2.0 refers to the fact that this was an updated version of the Monsters of Folk track, ‘Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.), seen below. Monsters of Folk helped The Roots record this stripped down version.


September 22, 2009

September, 2009 – Monsters of Folk release their self-titled debut album. This supergroup is made up of M. Ward, Coner Oberst and Mike Mogis from Bright Eyes, and Jim James from My Morning Jacket, and they have only released this album so far. Opening this album though, was the 1.0 version – ‘Dear God (sincerely M.O.F.). More lush than the rebooted Roots version, this one allows all the singers to get their chance to shine. I particularly enjoyed the …’open’ music video:



And that leads us the beginning. Monsters of Folk, and all their following samplers, sampled Trevor Dandy‘s ‘Is There Any Love’ from his release Don’t Cry Little Tree. Ironically enough, a plaintive song asking God why suffering happens came from this gospel tune. The drums are great on this song, and can be heard both on The Roots and M.O.F. version. And that’s that.


Bonus Harmonius

M.O.F. weren’t the only ones to sample Trevor Dandy’s ‘Is There Any Love’. Kid Cudi sampled the song on his track ‘Is There Any Love’ off the ‘A Kid Named Cudi’ mixtape. Yelawolf sampled this song on his track ‘In This World’, and Ghostface Killah and B. Dolan sampled the drums on their tracks ‘Drama’ and ‘Marvin’, respectively. In short, Trevor Dandy’s drummer made a hip-hop goldmine.


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