Monday July 13, 2020

[Otis Redding courtesy Wikimedia Commons]"Who Sampled It Better?" #18 - Otis Redding's "Cigarettes and Coffee"

As written by Steve 'Flash' Juon, and voted on by THE PEOPLE who read!

Otis Ray Redding Jr. b/k/a Otis Redding was a singer and songwriter whose career was tragically cut short by a small airplane crash in 1967. It is a measure of his popularity before his untimely demise that his songs still continue to be referenced and sampled to this day, beloved favorites such as "Try a Little Tenderness" and even his cover versions of popular hits such as "My Girl." I honestly like his version as much as The Temptations original take.

One Otis Redding song you don't often hear mentioned though is "Cigarettes and Coffee." It's the third track on his fourth studio album, aptly titled "The Soul Album," released one year before his death in 1966. It was never put out as a single and might still be languishing in relative modern day obscurity were it not for the song's recent popularity with modern day hip-hop artists who have looped it.

So the question is the same as always brothers and sisters - WHO SAMPLED IT BETTER?

1.) Earl Sweatshirt - "Couch"

2.) Travis Scott & Quavo - "Modern Slavery"

Place your votes below.
We'll have the results next week!

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