Diddy, Jay-Z Sample Same Song
Tue, 21 Nov 2006 14:56:55
Great minds think alike, so maybe it should be no surprise that Diddy and Jay-Z would tap into the same source of inspiration on their new albums. One especially contagious horn loop makes an appearance on both "Show Me What You Got," the lead single off Jay-Z's Kingdom Come, and "We Gon' Make It," the leadoff track from Diddy's Press Play.
The horns come from the title track of the Shaft in Africa soundtrack, performed by Chicago soul/R&B artist Johnny Pate. Diddy beat Jay-Z to the punch, clearing the sample last summer, while Jay-Z and producer Just Blaze cleared themselves in September. Diddy's album shot to No. 1 on the Billboard charts, while the newly released Kingdom Come -- despite some underwhelming reviews -- was one of the most anticipated albums of 2006. All of this comes as good news to Geffen and EMI, who control the masters and the publishing, respectively, for Pate's "Shaft in Africa."
Pate was a regular collaborator with Curtis Mayfield, and also worked with B.B. King, Sam Cooke and Stan Getz, among many others. He has recently been teaching music at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. TNC Records released an 80th birthday tribute to Pate earlier this year.
Jay-Z's "Show Me What You Got" also incorporates Lafayette Afro-Rock Band's "Darkest Light," which also appeared in Wreckx-N-Effect's 1992 jam "Rump Shaker." Billboard pointed out that Hova isn't even the first to combine "Darkest Light" with "Shaft in Africa" -- that flag seems to have been planted by Tuff Crew in 1989 ("Soul Food").
--The ARTISTdirect Staff