Kevin Casey’s Sample Saturday – David McCallum et Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre’s production used to be more sample heavy in the 90’s compared to his recent work.  Nowadays he is more likely to have studio musicians replay samples, giving him more flexibility for arranging the elements.  Although he may not be known as a “sample” producer, Dre has indeed dug up countless amounts of dusty records and crafted them into hits, dating back to his NWA days.  Unlike a lot of other producers, Dre seems to elevate his samples to a new level … he makes them sound “now” … and big (huge actually).

When I accidentally came across David McCallum’s “The Edge” years ago, my ears went into high alert. Turns out McCallum is better known for his acting as a star in the 1960’s television series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and also as a key character in the current drama NCIS.  Also a classically trained musician, McCallum teamed up with producer David Axelrod and put out a total of four studio albums in the 1960’s on Capitol records.  His best known musical work to date is “The Edge,” this being due to its use by Dr. Dre, who turned it into the smash hit “The Next Episode.”  For the intro to the song, and in between verses, he used a sped up rendition of the opening 2 bars, attached with the 2 bars that come in at 0:21. The main riff for the song is heard at the 0:05 mark, and that makes up the verse.  The result – one of the greatest hip hop party records of all time.

David McCallum – The Edge

Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg – The Next Episode

via Kevin Casey Music

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