Monday July 13, 2020

[Jay-Z courtesy Wikimedia Commons][Eminem courtesy Wikimedia Commons]"Who Sampled It Better?" #25 - Eminem vs. Jay: Labi Siffre's "I Got The..."

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

Regrettably I don't have a Wikimedia Commons photo for the composer of the sample in question -- Mr. Claudius Afolabi "Labi" Siffre. He was born on June 25th, 1945 and happily for our "Who Sampled It Better?" series he's still alive today. He's a British singer, songwriter, musician and poet. Much like comedian Richard Pryor one of his most famous volumes of poetry has a single word in the title we can't print here -- it's what Nas originally wanted to call one of his albums.

Siffre's greatest fame is undoubtedly for his music though. At first I thought there was no reason to do a WSIB because one of the best known examples of sampling his work was Eminem's use of "I Got The..." from 1974 for his breakout smash hit "My Name Is" in 1999. What I discovered though listening to the FULL song is that two distinct rap songs used two VERY different parts of the track in two VERY different ways. (Hint - you can skip to 0:24 and 2:31.)

I bet you already recognized both of those samples so I don't think there's any need to delay further. It's a head up battle between Marshall Mathers and Shawn Carter this week!

1.) Eminem's "My Name Is"

2.) Jay-Z's "Streets Is Watching"

Place your votes below now and at any time before next week. WHO SAMPLED IT BETTER?
We'll have the results for you next week!

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