Todayâ€™sÂ Sample Saturday includes songs from two very prestigious recordings;Â Illmatic, one of the most critically acclaimed hip hop albums of all time, andÂ Thriller, the best selling album in history. Illmatic introduced the world to Nasâ€™ lyrical talents and established him immediately as one of the major players in the rap game. Â The album did not receive the immediate success that was expected, but over time it gained the recognition that it deserved. Â Great music is timeless, and I think a perfect example of this isÂ Illmatic, which went platinum in 2001, seven years after its release. Â Itâ€™s gritty sound and quality of production elevated the game, thanks to a team of producers that included DJ Premier, Q-Tip, Pete Rock, and Large Professor.
The Large Professor produced â€œIt Ainâ€™t Hard To Tellâ€ was crafted in genius fashion, using samples from more than five different records. The horns in the hook were lifted from the Kool and the Gang record â€œN.T.â€ Â The drum break was chopped up from the opening bars of â€œSlow Danceâ€ by Stanley Clarke. Â The male vocal snippet that pops up time to time in the song was taken from a live version of â€œLong Redâ€ by Mountain. Â And then â€¦ as the intro comes to an end and the verse begins, the other samples fall back and we can clearly hear â€œHuman Natureâ€ by Michael Jackson, it ainâ€™t hard to tell.