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Sample Saturdays: “Addiction” by Kanye West

Samples have always been an important part of music, especially with Hip Hop. They span from different eras like the Jazzy 1920s, Funky 1970s and all throughout time. This series will provide the sample lovers with different finds each Saturday. To start off, the sample from Kanye West’s Addiction will be featured. “Addiction”(Track number 11) is from Kanye West’s second studio album, Late Registration. The track features reverb, filtered hi-hats and a crooning vibrato. The track that is sampled is “My Funny Valentine” by Etta James. “My Funny Valentine” was released in 1995 on Etta James’ twenty-first studio album Time After Time. It is a remake of a show tune from the 1937 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart musical Babes in Arms. Many Jazz artists covered the song; Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis and Ella Fitzgerald included. Samples connect different eras together and show that music is universal and timeless. Enjoy the music below.

aafleur recommendations: Listen to the Sample first 🙂

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