So far with Sample Saturday, we have discussed mostly records used from the 60’s and 70’s. Â Today for a change, I figured I would uncover a sample from the 90’s.Â 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. Â “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. Â 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. Â Who can argue with him? Â 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 albumÂ Tragic Kingdom. Â 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. Â No one can mess with the Doctor on the boards, and when he dropsÂ DetoxÂ this year (fingers crossed), it will be a another reminder to anyone that has forgotten about Dre.