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You a rich girl, girl

There are two songs on the radio these days that both use big obvious samples to great effect: Young Gunz Rich Girl and Mobb Deep Get it Twisted. They’re both pretty incredible.

Rich Girl has a sample from the Hall and Oats song of the same name. It’s this big, loose and lanky sample that they turn into a stomper with the addition of this real nice synthetic-sounding snare.

Got it Twisted slows down the organ line from She Blinded me with Science and turns goofy into menacing in a way you wouldn’t think possible.

The lyrics in both songs are pretty dull. Got it Twisted is just about being menacing, and even in that narrow vein it just has one or two good lines (“get a little blood on my daughter it’s nothin- she’ll live”). And the Young Gunz song has their characteristic “we’re still learning how to rap” feel to it. Both tracks sound like exercises.

But they’re still pretty amazing songs, right? Just goes to show how much power there is in that kind of juxtaposition. Like that energy in ionic bonds.

And the final point: when you listen to these, don’t you get the feeling that they both would’ve been done years ago– and better–if the sampling crackdown had never happened? Sampling in hip hop isn’t dead. It just got slowed waay doowwn.


Another thing about Rich Girl: the other day Nick and I were driving past the local college and we saw some of our class-of-oh-four friends out in the sun sitting on porch roofs and playing beer pong. We stopped to chat and they were listening to a Hall and Oats record. Coincidence? Probably not. I’d say it’s yet more evidence that sample based music has the power to give funny old records a new lease on life.

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