Bloggin 4 Beats: The Simon Says Remix

Sometimes it’s hard to let go of a thought. Months ago I started making a remix to Pharoahe Monch’s “Simon Says” using the horns from Isaac’ Hayes’ “Ike’s Mood.” I felt the aggressive intro horns would be a nice substitute for the monstrous Godzilla score that Monch himself sampled for the original.

But after a few attempts I grew frustrated with catching the tempo of Monch’s flow and moved on, instead using the sample for aremix of Jay-Z’s “Rock Boys.”

Well I gave it a second shot. I’m a tiny bit better at matching up drums than I was a few months ago so loaded the pieces of the sample into the channels and changed the pitch in some parts so it wouldn’t sound TOO identical. Of course like a dummy I got half way done when I realized the acapella was incomplete!! I was spending so much time trying to get the first verse right that I never listened through to the end. So the only vocals I had that I felt could match the intensity of Monch and the track were….MOP’s from “Ante Up”….(get it? Simon Says run yo shyt…raise your hands if you remember “Show No Mercy”…) To finish it off I used a piece of Luda’s verse from “Stand Up” for the hook…

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