7.21.2011

I Don't Know | About 'Otis'

Maybe I'm crazy (9 out of 10 doctors would agree) but for some reason today Slum Villages' 'I Don't Know' popped into my head. 


As soon as I began to sing along and recite the James Brown adlibs chopped into the beat I said, "HELL NAW!!!" For some that don't understand, I'm comparing Jay-Z and Kanye Wests' 'Otis' and Slum Villages' 'I Don't Know'. 'Otis' contains vocal samples of 'Try A Little Tenderness' by Otis Redding;

 
(click the image to play the song at lifeandtimes.com)

'I Don't Know' contains vocal samples of 'Make It Funky prts. 1&2', 'Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine' and damn near EVERY adlib/callout by James Brown to his band. Now I actually enjoy 'Otis', but the point I'm making is this: if Dilla hadn't given us the classic that is 'I Don't Know' there wouldn't be a beat for Kanye to try to one up in 2011. As I said, call me crazy, but that's just my perspective.

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