Kevin Casey’s Sample Saturday – Michael Jackson et Nas

Today’s Sample Saturday includes songs from two very prestigious recordings; Illmatic, one of the most critically acclaimed hip hop albums of all time, and Thriller, the best selling album in history. Illmatic introduced the world to Nas’ lyrical talents and established him immediately as one of the major players in the rap game.  The album did not receive the immediate success that was expected, but over time it gained the recognition that it deserved.  Great music is timeless, and I think a perfect example of this is Illmatic, which went platinum in 2001, seven years after its release.  It’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 “It Ain’t Hard To Tell” 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 “N.T.”  The drum break was chopped up from the opening bars of “Slow Dance” by Stanley Clarke.  The male vocal snippet that pops up time to time in the song was taken from a live version of “Long Red” by Mountain.  And then … as the intro comes to an end and the verse begins, the other samples fall back and we can clearly hear “Human Nature” by Michael Jackson, it ain’t hard to tell.

Via Kevin Casey Music

Michael Jackson – Human Nature

Nas – It Ain’t Hard to Tell