Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Did They Do the Sample Justice? Cypress Hill feat Pitbull & Marc Anthony (prod by Jim Jonsin) vs. Crosby Stills Nash and Young - Suite Judy Blue Eyes

Always a tenuous situation when you take a sample from a legendary group like Crosby Stills Nash & Young and flip it, hoping it will land on the favorable side of the coin that Hip Hop fans enjoy. When you're Cypress Hill who hasn't had a notable song since Rock Superstar in 2000 off their Skull and Bones album, which coincidentally was their last album to go platinum.

Man a decade goes by fast, but that's how long it's been for B-Real and Co between notable singles. If you didn't just pick up on that, I just called this a notable single and you'll agree because the magician Jim Jonsin paved a little yellow brick road to a hit with his use of the CSNY sample. He and JR Rotem are on some other shit creativity wise with their sampling of older tracks. They find a way to pick the timeless samples that everyone (including yo mamma!) knows and puree it seamlessly into a healthy, modern day radio smoothie.

GWDJ Verdict: Sort of gave the verdict away in the last paragraph, but unlike Chamillionaire's sampling of Tom Petty , Cypress Hill and their latino army of talent shined all over Jim Jonsin's recycled version of a folk classic from 1969. Yea that's right even yo granddaddy might be nodding his head to this one seein' that he was probably feelin' the Crosby track back in the day. I'm not gonna go as far to say Cypress Hill is back based on just this track, but like many groups who leave the limelight and try and reinvent themselves, you gotta give them credit for trying something different. Hardcore fans of Cypress will say they sold out and went Pop with this one, but I'd ask the same hardcore fans what they would do if their last two albums flopped? Amen to evolving a bit, I'm sure there will be plenty signature old school sounding Cypress Hill tracks on their new album Rise Up due out on April 20th.

Final side note, check out the production credits on Rise Up...got another Jim Jonsin track, one with Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, Mike Shinoda (aka rapper from Linkin Park or Fort Minor as you may know him), DJ Khalil, Pete Rock...wow...just got a whole lot more excited for the album to drop based on that info...


Crosby Stills Nash and Young - Suite Judy Blue Eyes Classic!!!


Cypress Hill feat Pitbull Marc Anthony (prod by Jim Jonsin) Hooootttt!!!


You tell me, did they do the classic sample justice?

1 comments:

Reason Refills January 14, 2011 at 6:35 AM  

Yeah they've done a good job with the sample, I think it sounds pretty good. The album in general is wicked, a great mix of rock and hip hop on one cd. I can't wait for the next release.

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