Saturday, October 24, 2009

Who Rocked it Better? B.O.B. or Wale...The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony Sample

The Verve

B.O.B. Wale/Colin Munroe

DJ Toomp

Ah yes one of the more notable songs of the late 1990s. In fact, I bet you didn't know it was ranked as the 382nd Best Song of All time by Rolling Stone Magazine. Pretty lofty ranking in my opinion, but personally my fondest memory of this song came at the end of the film Cruel Intentions:

What a great movie, big fan of both Sarah Michelle and Reese, but that's not what this post is about...

What's important here is that an extremely underrated producer (DJ Toomp) did a great job at taking the sample and tweaking it ever so slightly in an attempt to make it sound "Hip Hop." First of all if you're unfamiliar with DJ Toomp, here are a few of his most notable productions: What You Know About That - T.I., Can't Tell Me Nothing - Kanye West (bonus: video feat Zack Galifianakis)...funny), Good Life - Kanye West, I Luv It - Young Jeezy and most notably my favorite T.I. song Dope Boyz. As you can tell his sound is dependent on a heavy bassline and attention-grabbing synth/percussion that usually results in a LOUD, not-to-be-messed with sound.

Add to Toomp's beat two top 10 members of the Hip Hop Freshman Class of 2009 and you've got yourself a decent battle for best song. Give them both a listen...

The Original Song:

The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony Classsssic!!!!

The new tracks sampled by DJ Toomp:

Wale feat Colin Munroe - Bittersweet Life (prod by DJ Toomp) Hottttt New Single!!!!

Born Wit It feat B.O.B. - Stack Ur Paper Up (prod by DJ Toomp)
New B.O.B.!!!!

GWDJ Verdict: While neither will surpass the massive radio play the original song by the Verve got, I do believe Wale's version of the track will become a notable single and get his and Colin Munroe's name out to pop culture. I really liked B.O.B.'s verse on his version of the track, but Wale's verses are very well put together and in general I believe Wale > B.O.B., but both are rising stars that are soon to be household names. Wale/Colin/Toomp did the sample justice and I personally can't press next every time the song comes across the iPod.


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