While Rhymefest was working onÂ The Manual MixtapeÂ with my dude Scram Jones last year, I got to spend some time around him and get to know him a little bit. Â Good guy, deep thinker, talented lyricist. His co-writing role for “Jesus Walks” earned him a Grammy in 2004, and may have contributed to him getting Kanye on his debut albumÂ Blue Collar. Â Their collaboration “Brand New” featured Yeezy on the first verse, and on the beat as well.
The samples for this track were taken off the albumÂ Dap-Dippin’ With…Â by Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. Â “Pick It Up, Lay It In The Cut” gave Kanye the music to form the main loop for the beat – which includes chops of the intro guitar riff, combined with the horns at 0:09. Â I was not surprised to discover that the “Brand New” vocal snippet, which is basically the centerpiece for the whole record, was also taken from the same album. Â At the 0:25 mark of “The Dap Dip”, Sharon Jones exclaims “That ain’t no epidemic, that’s a Brand New dance!” Â Kanye took a total of about 10 seconds of audio from a classic piece of vinyl, and turned it into a memorable record.