Okay, now I’m upset. You see, I love music. I love hip-hop. And I used to try my hand at producing, so I love to trying to taking seemingly impossible songs to sample and trying to sample them. (That sentence was oddly constructed, yeah?) Anyway, one of those seemingly impossible songs to sample, in my opinion, is Otis Redding's “Try A Little Tenderness.” If you're old like me, you probably associate the song with Duckie Dale's performance in the middle of the record shop in Pretty in Pink. (Shout out to Emily Rugburn, ha!) Or maybe you remember it from the “Fleet Week” episode of Sex and The City, when Carrie walks down Broadway toward Times Square and the title card comes up paying tribute to NYC right after 9/11.
Or maybe you’re just ignorant and have never heard the song. Which is a shame.
In any case, Kanye West—and I have to believe it was Kanye on the production tip—has done the impossible. He sampled “Try A Little Tenderness.” And of course, it is bangin’. The track, aptly titled “Otis,” is off Watch the Throne, Ye’s upcoming collabo album with his big brother Jay-Z. It’s a monster track, with both MCs kicking smart-ass verses and taking veiled shots at folks who (maybe? perhaps?) took veiled shots at them.
Damn, yet another oddly constructed sentence. I’ll get it together at some point.
What do you think of “Otis”? After the torturous “H.A.M.,” which was released earlier this year, does this raise your expectations for Watch The Throne? LMK below.
Watch The Throne releases on August 1 digitally and August 5 on CD, vinyl, cassette, and such. Shout to the Radar for the track.