Look at me, writing about something other than sporadic newsletters or attractive women. But seriously, I am thrilled to bring back the Sample Clearance column. Notice I didn’t say it would be back regularly. Today, I talk about Donny Hathaway‘s rendition of “Jealous Guy,” which was recently sampled by Pusha T and Kanye West on “Dreamin Of The Past” off It’s Almost Dry. Here are some semi-random thoughts:
As mentioned earlier, this version of “Jealous Guy” was sampled on Pusha’s “Dreamin Of The Past,” which Kanye West produces. And only Kanye West is on the production side. I point this out because I’m so used to seeing a Kanye-produced song with 100 other names in the credits. It’s cool that Ye still has this in him.
This is not really about the sample, but I’m all for the Shyne references on “Dreamin Of The Past.” If they are redundant because they are basically right next to each other (“Huff and Puff in the club, then I gotta be Shyne” and “‘Came a minister in my prime so I gotta be Shyne.”