By Andrea Caccese
If you are a fan of rap music and if you are from New York, there’s a good chance you might have heard of Biggie Smalls, also known as “The Notorious BIG”. The influential Brooklyn rapper passed away in the 90s following a (still-unresolved) shooting, but his music lives on and touches generations of artists and fans alike. Notorious also brought the art of sampling to the next level: some of his most famous tracks, including “Big Poppa”, are anthems of a generation, but not a lot of people actually know that the main beat and melody come from earlier recordings.
Sampling is about borrowing bits and pieces of earlier songs to create something new: in this case, the rapper borrowed a part of The Isley Brothers’ classic “Between the sheets”. Hear the similarities:
Biggie was known to use the sampling method a lot, even on other tracks such as “Respect”. This time, the groove’s tempo and pitch were lowered and slowed down to fit Notorious’ rhyming style. Hear for yourself.
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