Kanyeâ€™s second albumÂ Late Registration displayed some changes in his production style, incorporating the help of producer and film score composer Jon Brion. Â His interest in Brion came mostly from his work on the filmÂ Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind, and on Fiona Appleâ€™s second album,Â When The Pawnâ€¦ For many of the tracks onÂ Late Registration, Kanye combined his own style with the advanced instrumentation of Brion, creating a more multi-layered sound. Â Whatever the strategy was, it worked, giving the album mega-success in a very rough quarter for sales. Â With that said, there was one track on the album not produced by Kanye; â€œTouch The Sky,â€ a Just Blaze production.
For this record, Just Blaze used a slowed down sample of Curtis Mayfieldâ€™s â€œMove On Up,â€ off of Mayfieldâ€™s debut solo album,Â Curtis. The main section he puts to use is the opening four bars, which he layers with very busy drums; kicks, claps, snares, and frequent cymbal crashes. Â Certain parts of the beat you can also hear chops of the high pitch strings from 0:15 and 0:19. Â In the verses, he opens the beat up for the vocals, using stabs of the sample every 2 bars. Â Glad Yeezy allowed an outside producer on the album, because this record definitely contributed to itâ€™s overall sound.
Gotta testify, come up in the spot looking extra fly. Â Before the day I die, Iâ€™ma touch the sky.
Kanye West ft. Lupe Fiasco – Touch The Sky