And Here Are Some Suggested Tracks To Work With
Last night, Drake dropped a freestyle called “Draft Day,” over a track (produced by Boi-1Da and The Fans) that samples a song I play at least 20 times a year: Lauryn Hill's “Doo Wop (That Thing)." A 1998 classic. At one point, I wondered (jokingly) whether hip-hop producers would run out of throwback records to interpolate to death. But believe it or not, in the history of time, a lot of music has been released. So there's still plenty of classicness from the '60s to '00s to source; part of the art of sampling is hunting down the most obscure singles and album tracks to chop up.
Fortunately, producers are pretty creative, so my old '90s R&B jams are popping up in places other than my playlists. We can call it a thing. It’s not a fresh concept (Fabolous' 2009 jam “Makin' Love” samples Brandy's “Brokenhearted,” and he remade Tamia's "Into You"), but I have noticed an uptick in songs by both rappers and R&B artists that reach for that '90s nostalgia. For purely selfish reasons, I need more producers and artists to hop on this.
Drake is a major culprit. His near-ballads lend itself to the mush of '90s R&B—The Thank Me Later track produced by 40 and Boi-1Da, “Unforgettable,” expertly tributes Aaliyah’s “At Your Best.” The light-skinned Keith Sweat and his team also mined that era’s rap songs for this era—Juvenile’s “Back That Ass Up” (for “Practice") and Wu-Tang Clan’s “It’s Yourz” (“Own It”).
Just for me, Scoop DeVille chiseled Janet Jackson’s “Anytime, Anyplace” into Kendrick Lamar’s “Poetic Justice,” co-starring Drake. And J. Cole’s “Cole Summer” samples the Lauryn and D'Angelo duet, “Nothing Even Matters,” one of my top-100 favorite songs of all time. They’re practically reading my mind.
There’s more. Rihanna’s “Jump” borrows Ginuwine’s “Pony.” Ciara’s “Body Party” is a pretty interpretation of Ghost Town DJs’ classic “My Boo.” Mack Wilds does a stripped down rendition of Michael Jackson's “Remember the Time” on his album, New York: A Love Story. Also see Frank Ocean's use of MJB's "Real Love" in "Super Rich Kids." There are other examples I’m forgetting.
Re: drake’s “draft day” & Lauryn, 90s songs still a sampling trend. Someone grab mokenstef
— Clover Hope (@clovito) April 2, 2014
Let’s continue this. Besides Mokenstef, here are just a few more ‘90s R&B songs (some of which already contain samples) that producers and Drake can flip for modern times and achieve the ultimate goal of making me happy. —Clover Hope (@clovito)
Groove Theory - “Tell Me”
Mariah Carey - “Emotions”
Dru Hill - “In My Bed”
TLC - “Creep”
Boyz II Men - “Water Runs Dry”
Toni Braxton - “Breathe Again”
Monica - “Don’t Take It Personal”
Changing Faces - “Stroke You Up”
Erykah Badu - “On & On"
D’Angelo - “Brown Sugar” (maybe this counts)
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