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Kevin Casey’s Sample Saturday – Sharon Jones et Rhymefest

While Rhymefest was working on The Manual Mixtape with my dude Scram Jones last year, I got to spend some time around him and get to know him a little bit.  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 album Blue Collar.  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 album Dap-Dippin’ With… by Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings.  “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.  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.  At the 0:25 mark of “The Dap Dip”, Sharon Jones exclaims “That ain’t no epidemic, that’s a Brand New dance!”  Kanye took a total of about 10 seconds of audio from a classic piece of vinyl, and turned it into a memorable record.

via Kevin Casey Music

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Pick It Up, Lay It In The Cut

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – The Dap Dip

Rhymefest ft. Kanye West – Brand New