Heavy Rotation: “Otis”

Anyone that knows me knows how much I LOVE music…especially hip-hop. No…not just “rap”, but hip-hop…artist like Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Common, Kanye West, & etc. There are some rappers I like to listen too as well, but I love hip-hop, especially old school artist – Big Daddy Kane, Run DMC, Gang Starr, Eric B and Rakim

My musical taste has always been expansive and goes beyond just hip hop. Country is probably the only musical format that has less than 1% existence in my musical library, otherwise I’ll listen to just about anything from Bon Iver to Justin Bieber (that’s right…”Runaway Love” is one of my favs). This post and the one’s to follow will be dedicated to a collection of songs that are on my heavy rotation or play list – songs that I listen to the most, new songs, a new discovery for me, or just something I enjoy listening to.

So for this edition of “Heavy Rotation”, the latest for me is the new Kanye West/Jay Z collaboration Otis” off their upcoming album, “Watch the Throne“. Some of you may know about some of the drama that occurred between Jay and Yeezy, but it’s good to see them working together – two of hip hop’s most influential artist. I’m not going to diatribe about what makes them great or not so great; why this song is great or not so great. Again, its just an opportunity to share with you what makes me…what interest me. It also an opportunity to expose some people reading my blog to something they may have never listened to or considered listening to before.

When I first listened to this song, I was already intrigued. The song sampled a popular classic, “Try A Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding. I love Otis Redding too, so no doubt I was already in love with the song, but once I heard the song, the beat, the lyrics…FIRE! This is what hip-hop is…at least to me. It brought me back to my teenage years; reminiscing about rocking carpenter jeans, the hat with the tag still on it, hip-hop cartoon character t-shirts, my first tattoo…memories….I digress. The lyrics are fun and I am a fan of Kanye’s lyrical style. One of the best lines in the song:

“I made “Jesus Walks” I’m never going to hell, Couture level flow, it’s never going on sale”.

Other than the end of the song, the combination of Otis Redding’s soulful sound and the lyrical power of Kanye and Jay…this one may remain on heavy rotation for a minute. Anyway, without further ado…”Otis”….enjoy!


2 thoughts on “Heavy Rotation: “Otis”

  1. Hm. I LOVE Try A Little Tenderness, and Otis in general, but I’ve never gotten Kanye. The sample’s from a live performance, sounds pretty dirty and is slowed down, & kind of misses all of what’s so powerful in the original. The beauty of Otis’ song is hearing (and seeing! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjoMSfPQUCA) him offer advice to me on how to treat a woman, and then losing himself in the emotion of the song at it’s climax.

    Kanye’s version strikes me as more self-aggrandizement. It carries none of the pure joy from the original. I wanna punch Kanye right in his face for this, heh.

  2. LOL! You either love him or hate him (Kanye)!

    I just like the sample and the way the song was put together; lyrically its just okay, but love the beat and production. You should listen to the album; not too bad.

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