Trumpet: Olu Dara
If this name sounds familiar, don’t worry, it’s just Nas' father the jazz musician.
In the 2013 interview that DJ Premier did, he remembered the transaction in the studio when Olu was recording his trumpet samples.
The emotion that was put in there was just so dope. And then Nas went in and cut his vocal. I was getting ready to leave and he goes, ‘Yo, come listen to my father play. Tell me what you think.’ He went in the booth, did a first take and then his father goes, ‘How was that?’ He goes, ‘Hey, pop, I need you to go down a little bit.’ His father goes, ‘You want me to go down or you want me to go way down?’ Nas goes, ‘Go way down.’ Nas was the one that picked the samples when I did ‘New York State of Mind.’ We were just listening to records. He was like, ‘Let’s not make beats yet. Let’s make records.’
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