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Kevin Casey’s Sample Saturday – No Doubt et Dr. Dre

So far with Sample Saturday, we have discussed mostly records used from the 60’s and 70’s.  Today for a change, I figured I would uncover a sample from the 90’s. Chronic 2001 is one of my favorite hip hop albums to this day, and the more I learn about the way it was put together, the more I am impressed with the mastermind Dr. Dre.  “Forgot About Dre” was the second single, and the most successful, earning Dre and Eminem a Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.  The record lashes out at Dre’s critics, announces his return to the game, and reminds listeners of his many influences on the culture of rap music.  Who can argue with him?  We also get to hear Eminem in full-fledged Slim Shady mode, describing himself choking out passing pedestrians with candy bars… amongst other things.

My favorite part of the song was always when a cool guitar riff joins in at the 1:54 mark, as Eminem explains “and when the cops came through, me and Dre stood next to a burnt down house…” The idea for the guitar, which is a one time occurrence in the record, was taken from the song “The Climb,” off of No Doubt’s 1995 album Tragic Kingdom.  The sample is a small part of the overall sound, but I would not be surprised if it was the piece that Dre originally built the beat around, which would explain the choice of an unusually slow tempo for his production.  No one can mess with the Doctor on the boards, and when he drops Detox this year (fingers crossed), it will be a another reminder to anyone that has forgotten about Dre.

No Doubt – The Climb

Dr. Dre ft. Eminem – Forgot About Dre

via Kevin Casey Music

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