This beat features an astounding vocal sample, and is highly minimalistic when viewing from a technical perspective.
The sample comes from French jazz fusion band Cortex’s song “Huit Octobre.” Technically speaking, Madlib didn’t do much with the sample except speed it up slightly, re-arrange different parts in it, and EQ it in order to remove the muddiness in the original song.
In this article from MTV, Jay Electronica mentioned that Just Blaze made the beat for this track in 15 minutes, when the duo was scheduled to be on, his then-manager, Angela Yee’s Sirius Satellite radio show. For the show, they wanted to play a new track, but they unfortunately never went on the show, since they fell asleep in the studio.
The song exhibits (pun intended) Just Blaze’s signature, soulful sound. The smooth, powerful vocals backing up Jay Electronica’s verses almost seem to praise his domination of the beat.
The sample? Billy Stewart’s “Cross My Heart.” The sample can be heard instantly, as soon as the song starts.
In arguably one of the most powerful instrumental pieces of all time, Clams Casino beautifully flipped Imogen Heap’s Just For Now. In the beginning of the beat, we get a somewhat clear gist of the original song, but then once the first verse starts, Clams goes IN with his masterful chopping skills, taking the original vocals to a completely new level. Throughout the whole beat, Clams exhibits his signature distorted effect. Peep our Soundcloud breakdown to listen in on a portion of the sample, followed by that same portion, distorted.
This beat was produced by IonQuest, a producer from Charlotte, North Carolina. In this beat, he chopped up various notes from Michael Franks‘ “St. Elmo’s Fire,” and then emphasized the hook of that song as the intro/outro to Issa Gold’s track.
First off, Drake is notorious for being an amazing singer AND rapper. He’s almost like the famous dual-sport athlete, Bo Jackson. Bo played (and succeeded) in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders, and in the MLB for the Royals, White Sox, and Angels.
Continuing the reference, Drake not only uses a Sox/socks homonym, but also plays on the Raiders' uniform by relating the colors (black with a little bit of silver) to the attire that he and his friends wear.
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