The five weeks of G.O.O.D summer have been a blast – I’ve loved getting up early Saturday mornings to give each record a couple of early spins, watch the fallout from the listening parties, and read the hot takes. It started with Pusha-T’s Daytona – the best solo outing yet from my favourite rapper – and ended today just as strong with Teyana Taylor’s K.T.S.E.
Like the rest of the albums, my first taste of K.T.S.E. came from a brief Tweeted video of its listening party. The track I heard (which turned out to be Rose In Harlem) sampled something naggingly familiar.
It took me about five seconds to place it – it was a vocal snatch from The Stylistics’ Because I Love You.
Now here’s where it gets cool – I recognised the sample because I had sampled the song six months ago on the Return To Lion’s Mansion beat tape! The album it came from was one of 16 I picked up crate-digging in Japan. I used a different section of the track than the one Kanye used, but still – what are the odds? Of all the hundreds of records I flipped through in Japan, of all the songs on those slabs of wax – to pick the same one as the musical hero I was emulating? Incredible. So, I ask you – who sampled it better?