Dr. Dre’s production used to be more sample heavy in the 90’s compared to his recent work. Â Nowadays he is more likely to have studio musicians replay samples, giving him more flexibility for arranging the elements. Â 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. Â 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 seriesÂ The Man From U.N.C.L.E.Â and also as a key character in the current dramaÂ NCIS. Â 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. Â 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.” Â 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. Â The result – one of the greatest hip hop party records of all time.