[Produced by TNGHT, Kanye West, Mike Dean, Arca, Carlos "6 July" Broady, and 88 Keys]
In a weird, mysterious, amazing way, Kanye and his team of producers put together a masterpiece with this song; combining so many different sounds that overall result in a banger that touches emotionally.
The samples? The first one that starts playing at the very beginning of the song is Nina Simone’s rendition of Billie Holiday’s song, “Strange Fruit.” This sample has stirred up a lot of controversy, due to the extreme depictions of lynching in the sample. The meaning behind this sample is further elaborated on in this annotation.
Fun fact: this isn’t the first time Ye used this Nina Simone sample. He actually used it for Common’s “Strange Fruit” which some believe was intended for Com’s album Finding Forever. One theory is that the sample didn’t clear, which is why the track never appeared on Common’s album.
The next sample comes from electronic duo TNGHT (Hudson Mohawke and Lunice) in the form of a trap banger, “R U Ready.” This track doesn’t exactly sample anything, but it does implement the same melody/similar drum pattern used in C-Murder’s classic, “Down 4 My Niggas.” In “Blood on the Leaves”, Ye actually refers to this track. In 2012, Kanye bought this track from TNGHT, and even played it at his appearance at the Victoria Secret fashion show.
In the official Producer Genius SoundCloud breakdown below, you can first hear the “Strange Fruit” sample, chopped, leading into the beginning of Kanye’s track. Next plays a snippet from “R U Ready” to enable one to hear the comparisons, and finally, “Down 4 My Niggas” and Kanye’s respective portions are played.
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