Déjà vu is nothing new in the world of hip-hop samples, but it’s still odd to hear them used so close to each other. On RZA’s Digi Snax his first single “You Can’t Stop Me Now” makes liberal use of a sample by The Whatnauts “Message From a Black Man.” The cut was also previously used by MF Doom and Mos Def on “Anti-Matter” and “Undeniable” respectively. But hip-hop wasn’t done with it as Salaam Remi has put his hands on it for “You Can’t Stop Us Now” from Nas’ Unititled CD dropping next week.
The Whatnauts were a trio from Baltimore made up of lead vocalist Billy Herndom, Garret Jones and Gerald Pinkney. They released two albums Introducing the Whatnaughts: (Stang 1970) and Whatnaughts on the Rocks: (Stang 1974). One of their best known songs was “I’ll Erase Your Pain” which reached number 14 on the R&B charts in 1971. According to The-breaks.com it was sampled by Kanye West for the bonus cut “Late” from Late Registration.