The weekend is here which means it’s time again for another “Sample Saturdays” & this time around we’re doing a double feature with two of Hip-Hop’s growing voices. Today, we’re looking at:
“Black Friday (Freestyles)” by J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar.
Yesterday, while everyone was scarfing down leftovers and reaping the rewards of Black Friday sales, J. Cole & Kendrick Lamar provided the public with the best 2-for-1 deal any of their fans could ask for. Each of the two emcees offered their own iterations over a popular instrumental found on the other’s most recent LP. The Dreamville Records founder opted to rhyme over the culturally significant instrumental of “Alright” by Kendrick Lamar.
Many fans of the Pharrell & Sounwave produced track are unaware that the beat is pretty much original in its composition. The only true trace of a sample to date stems from Kendrick Lamar’s mention of ‘All my life I had to fight’ during the chorus. These seven words were originally uttered by the legendary Oprah Winfrey during a scene in her performance as Sofia in Steven Speilberg’s “The Color Purple”. Listen to the significant quote that inspired the song here.
Those impressed with J. Cole’s take on Kendrick Lamar’s song will be just as excited to listen in when it’s the Compton-native’s turn. Lamar decided to reach out to his friend from Fayetteville to borrow the beat for “A Tale of 2 Citiez”.
The instrumental, which gets its name from the book “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens, witnessed some of Kendrick’s most self-confident and even egotistical lines yet. Still, fans of Cole’s final cut will quickly recall the portion of the hook where the St. John’s Alum exclaims ‘Hands in the air now’. This part of the song traces it’s origins back to the 2004 hit “Bring ‘Em Out” by T.I. and Swizz Beatz. Swizz Beatz is heard using the same phrase and you can hear
it for yourself here at the 2:23.