Kevin Casey’s Sample Saturday – Aaliyah et Drake

Drake has made his admiration and respect for Aaliyah very clear through various interviews, so it seemed appropriate for a record on his debut album to use a sample from Aaliyah’s debut album.  After being signed to Jive Records at the age of 15, the beautiful and talented Aaliyah was introduced to singer/producer R.Kelly who would end up being her mentor and also the lead songwriter and producer on her debut, Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number. He and his protege singer spent countless hours in the studio, molding her raw vocal talent into the sound of a young superstar. Fueled by two hit singles, the album peaked at number 18 on the Billboard 200 and sold over 3 million copies (wow – a number 18 album these days would be lucky to break 50 thousand).  The first single was “Back and Forth” and the second was Drake’s choice “At Your Best (You Are Love)”.  Like many other special artists we have lost, it’s hard not to imagine the heights her career would have reached by the present day.

Constructed by Drake’s lethal studio weapons, Noah “40” Shebib and Boi-1da, “Unforgettable” starts and ends with the Aaliyah sample. They probably chose “At Your Best” because it contained a soothing acapella section, giving them a lot of flexibility in production. Aaliyah’s vocals are layered with some smooth pads and a nice chord progression that is used as the musical base for the song.  Since her part is a repetitive “Let Me Know…”, it may also have been the basis for the concept of the record. Basically, let Drizzy know if he’ll really be unforgettable.  Can’t forget my girl Rachel for her help with this one.

Aaliyah – At Your Best (You Are Love)

Drake ft. Young Jeezy – Unforgettable

via KevinCaseyMusic


Ratatat Presents Remixes Vol. II

Wrecking ball hit yah like a freight train coming, I’m on a warpath gonna hit the ground running.”

Et Musique Pour Tous has opened up so many opportunities as of late that we’ve been on a non stop grinds for pretty much the last 3 three weeks and it doesn’t look like were stopping anytime soon. We threw our first Noctambule and it was such a success that we’re getting calls from all sorts of bars and clubs that want to Space Age style, it’s a very humbling experience and we’re very thankful to all of you who help make it happen.

Of course, I have a complex that doesn’t let me understand the concept of satisfaction so everyday I wake up with more and more hunger, wanting to give you guys the best of the best, wanting to accomplish more. Today was no different which is why I’m walking around playing this gritty Ratatat remix of Young Buck’s Stomp.

Now where you from who the boss I’m a break him off…”

I’m going into my meetings today to make this thing pop, we have our next Noctambule tomorrow and it’s going to be bigger then ever. We’re going harder then ever and taking no prisoners, let’s get it!

Young Buck, T.I. & Ludacris – Stomp

Young Jeezy & Bun B – Over Here (Ratatat Remix)