Samples Kanye & Pharrell used on Pusha T’s ‘It’s Almost Dry’


Samples Kanye & Pharrell used on Pusha T’s ‘It’s Almost Dry’

Two decades ago, the Neptunes shaped highly original and experimental-minded beats for Clipse. On Pusha T’s long-awaited record ‘It’s Almost Dry,’ Pharrell Williams honors that legacy, with Kanye West handling the other half of the production duties.




April 28, 2022

"Ye is just a Pusha T rap fanatic,” Pusha T told Jimmy Fallon. “He just wants me to rap all day long, and then he just wants to take them from me and edit them and do what he wants to do with it, right?" Pharrell, on the other hand, is more like “a composer” to Push: "He wants to make sure that every verse, every hook, every cadence, every flow, everything—he likes to call them 'sticky moments'—and just stays with you the whole time, throughout the whole song."

Sample Breakdown: Rock N Roll (ft. Kanye West & Kid Cudi)

“If I ain’t got nothing, I got you / If I ain’t got something, I don’t give a damn / ‘Cause I got it with you / I don’t know much about algebra, but I know 1+1 equals 2.” A 90s-styled chipmunk sample of Beyoncé’s “1+1,” the opener of her album 4, laid Ye’s groundwork for the beat of “Rock N Roll” featuring guest verses by himself and Kid Cudi, despite their public fallout earlier this year. According to Pusha T, the song was recorded long before their feud in a joint studio session full of "great energy."

Sample Breakdown: Dreamin Of The Past (Prod. by Kanye West)

A vintage 'old Kanye' soul chop, using Donny Hathaway's cover of "Jealous Guy" by John Lennon. The beat was originally produced for Ye's Donda album, but in an interview with Charlamagne Tha God, Push tells that he liked the beat so much, he had to "beg" Kanye to get it on It's Almost Dry. To compromise, Ye got a guest verse on "Dreamin Of The Past," which is titled after the original sample.

Sample Breakdown: Diet Coke (Prod. by 88-Keys & Kanye West)

88-Keys chopped and sped up "Take the Time to Tell Her" by R&B singer and multi-instrumentalist Jerry Butler, who was a former member of The Impressions and long-time collaborator of Curtis Mayfield. Jerry Butler's "Take The Time to Tell Her" was previously sampled by the likes of Apollo BrownThe HitmenPuff DaddyAtmosphere's Ant, and The Architect. Tied in with a Fat Joe a capella, the 1974 soul song gets an entirely new meaning:


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