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U-Dub's Prog Rock sample for Young M.A’s new Drill track

U-Dub's Prog Rock sample for Young M.A’s new Drill track

Young M.A’s “Off The Yak” sees her as hard as ever. But the drill production by U-Dub gives the title track of her upcoming mixtape a much darker edge than other tracks using Tracklib samples, like “Wahlinn.”

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“This sample just sounded dark enough to work as a drill beat plus it worked with that tempo,” says New York producer U-Dub, who adds that prog-rock has always been one of his favorite genres to sample. That’s why when Young M.A asked him for a drill production, he dug straight into Tracklib’s prog-rock vaults.

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"I liked the dark cinematic feel to it. I thought the unique analog Arp effect was a good ‘ear candy element’ to punctuate the end of each bar.”

—U-Dub

The eerie interlude “Aria For Italy” was exactly the type of dark touch producer U-Dub was looking for. “I liked the dark cinematic feel to it,” he says. “I thought the unique analog Arp effect was a good ‘ear candy element’ to punctuate the end of each bar.” Serving the purpose of drill rap, as opposed to U-Dub’s more oriental takes for “Wahlinn” with Chinese strings and woodwind, and sampling gospel by Fats Domino’s daughter on “No Love,” for Young M.A’s official debut album, Herstory In The Making.

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