[Produced by Noah "40" Shebib]
The production for this track is remarkable; as Drake’s longtime friend/producer 40 sampled Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” not once, not twice, but three times for this intro track. Not only did he flip it various times, he literally flipped it; reversing Whitney Houston’s vocals. Although each verse gets its own beat, and they all sound different, they mesh together perfectly to create a powerful anthem that Drake could rap on for an hour.
The breakdown to this production all lies within the sample. Take a listen to this (apologies for the lower pitch; Soundcloud won’t let us play a snippet of “Tuscan Leather” at the original pitch) to further understand the concept behind the sampling mechanism used by 40. In this audio, you will hear two excerpts from “Tuscan Leather,” followed by the same excerpts reversed, and finally, the sampled portion from the original Whitney Houston track.
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