The Miami based Producer, StreetRunner, who frequently collaborates with Lil Wayne with DJBooth on some of his earlier work and backstories behind those joints.
Here’s an excerpt:
“First of all, probably one of the most incredible samples ever: Margie Joseph’s ‘Stop In the Name of Love.’ I’ve sampled it a good three to four times myself. I basically took small pieces that nobody’s really messed with before. If you have the vinyl of that song, the interlude before the actual ‘Stop In the Name of Love’ is where I got all the talking skits from. There was a little sample issue there because I only cleared Margie Joseph’s ‘Stop In the Name of Love’ and didn’t realize [the interlude and the song] are two separate pieces of work. They sound like one song on the album.
“I basically chopped that up on the MPC 2000XL. I remember real hectic, small, two-second chops that I fired up. I think I split it up between four to eight pads and then I would blaze that sound through the track, through the verse. You can’t really hear it as good on the mixed version ’cause, I’ll be honest with you, that song wasn’t really mixed the way the original two-track was. If you listen to the BET Awards version, Wayne used my two-track. It’s just got a very high-energy sound to it. The mix kinda lost that.
“I used some brass keys that I actually sampled into the 2000XL. Heart monitor, kicks, drums, snares, tom rolls, 808s; my typical MPC beat during that era [laughs].
“Back then, when I would work with Wayne, he would hear the beat and work his lyrics into what the sample is telling him to do. For example, ‘Let’s Talk It Over,’ ‘1 Night Only,’ ‘Trouble,’ ‘Do It Again’—all of these beats had samples and he knew, ‘Alright, StreetRunner came with the beat and the topic.’ Exactly how the [‘Gossip’] beat is, is exactly how I gave it to him. He was able to twist up the concept I had with the sample and make it into a song about what he means to hip-hop. That’s why that record was so crazy.
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