As Sample Saturday proceeds to give you what you need…Â By 1995, Hip-hop music had infiltrated American mainstream media and was dominating airwaves and selling out arenas acround the globe. Albums likeÂ The Chronic, Doggystyle, Illmatic andÂ Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers were tearing up the charts and selling out record stores.Â Despite overwhleming success and wealth, battle lines were drawn, and with the help of media hype, the “East Coast vs. West Coast”Â beefÂ was in full effect. The top MCsÂ from both coasts were creating songs aimed at dissing their counterparts, with each trackÂ packing extremely violent and threatening undertones. Â During the feud Bad Boy released the now classic record “Who Shot Ya”, with Biggie seemingly mocking 2Pac’s shooting and only adding fuel to the fire of the coastal battle. Despite Puff consistently denying that the song was aimed at ‘Pac, the damage was already done, and “Who Shot Ya” is now heralded as one of the greatest diss records of all time.
Production wise, no one was touching Bad Boy Records during the early to mid nineties. Puff Daddy assembled an all-star cast of beatmakers who created an endless list of hits during the golden years of Hip-Hop, and in the process defining the Bad BoyÂ sound. “Who Shot Ya” was produced by Nasheim Myrick, who is one half of the superproducing team “The Hitmen”. Â To catch the break used from David Porter’s “The Masquerade Is Over” you have to fast forward all the way to the 4:45 mark, where you will hear the instantly recognizable drums and piano. Â A lot of the best chops are found deep into records, which shows you that the producer was really digging. Â “Who Shot Ya” is a piece of Hip Hop history… and like alot of the other pieces, it started with a great sample.Â (P. Walsh/K. Casey)