After last week’s premiere of Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s “Otis” Watch the Throne record, the late singer’s daughter has come forward to speak on approving the Roc duo’s sample request.
According to Redding’s daughter, Karla Redding-Andrews, careful consideration to what was said on Jay and West’s collaboration came into play.
“We first heard about the song in early July, end of June. Concord Music Group has the masters and Bill Belmont and Michele Smith from Concord brought it to us. There was a back and forth about whether the name of the song would be “Otis” or “Otis Redding”. And we just wanted to make sure lyrics and references in the song worked with the legacy of my father. To have two current, legendary artists use the legendary music of Otis Redding-we were quite honored.” (Billboard)
Although Redding-Andrews did not meet Jay or West in-person, she was heavily impressed with the song’s result.
“No, we never met with them. It all went through the record companies. That’s the nature of the business and it’s probably better that way. [If we met with them], we would probably bring more personal considerations into it. But this is a wonderful opportunity. We really like the song and the swagger elements that are in the song. It speaks to the star that Otis was in his day.” (Billboard)
On the record, both emcees make multiple pop culture references and take credit for setting various trends.
“I invented swag, poppin’ bottles, puttin’ supermodels in a cab,” Hov rhymes before going on about his super-exclusive watch collection. Only eight bars pass before Jay tosses the mic to West, who picks up where his Big Brother left off. “D*mn, Yeezy and Hov, where the hell you been/ N—as talkin’ real reckless, stuntmen/ I adopted these n—as, Phillip Drummond ’em,” ‘Ye raps, turning the fictional father from the 1980s sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes” into an actual verb. (MTV)
With “Otis” in rotation, Watch the Throne is currently set to drop next week.
There is finally a release date for what is likely one of the most highly-anticipated albums of the year: Watch the Throne, the joint effort of rap supernovas Jay-Z and Kanye West. The album went on presale July 4 and will arrive next month. The digital version hits Aug. 1, while the physical CD won’t hit stores until Aug. 5. (USA Today)
Check out “Otis” down below: