The Weeknd Takes A Sample DOOM & Biggie Rocked And Freaks It For The Club (Audio)
For lovers of samples, Isaac Hayes sophomore album Hot Buttered Soul is a must-own album. Released during 1969 on Enterprise/Stax Records (where Ike was a major writer and producer), this album was a Top 10 on the charts, and went to #1, even before Hayes gave “John Shaft” his theme music.
In the 1990s, one particular cut on H.B.S. got a second life. “Walk On By,” the modern standard co-written by Burt Bachrach was brought to psychedelic soul. Isaac Hayes drew out the notes, brought in a piercing guitar, and made something sounded cinematically chopped-and-screwed two years before DJ Screw was born. In 1994, The Notorious B.I.G. received some punchy notes chopped down from the song for the Easy Mo Bee-produced “The Warning.” Less than three years later, a MF DOOM in transition took the same sample source for Operation: DOOMsday video single “Dead Bent.”
Ever the showman, The Weeknd comes to Ike for the demo version of “6 Inch,” his Lemonade collabo with Beyoncé. Featuring Roc Nation artist Belly, this record is set in The Weeknd’s favorite club—the gentleman’s club. Using dancers as his muse, he freaks the original, letting the beat break. Then, the production starts to shuffle the original, add new elements, and get really fresh. If you’re about stackin’ paper, deep Funk grooves, and blending the eras with style, this joint is “all that.”
The vocal delivery and cadence to the bridge also appears to pull from Blackstreet and Dr. Dre’s “No Diggety.”
#BonusBeat: The Weeknd just announced his Legend Of The Fall Tour. The 2017 “Phase One” dates are as follows:
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