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Saturday, 13 October 2007

Hip Hop Beatles - first sample approved?

RAPPER Ja Rule has told Billboard magazine that he has permission to use a sample of 'Eleanor Rigby' on the track 'Judas' on his forthcoming album The Mirror, while New York collective Wu Tang Clan have covered 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' as 'The Heart Gently Weeps'.

Here's the Wu Tang track from You Tube, but with no visuals:

And, producer and Wu Tang leader The RZA talks in this interview about the track from the 8 Diagrams album and asking Dhani Harrison to play a 1961 accoustic Gretsch on the track which also features Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante and Erykah Badu.

Dhani Harrison said: "EMI freaked out about this whole thing, but it's less about a major corporation talking to another major corporation, it's more like two friends - RZA and myself - talking about working together."

"He asked me to see if he could use the song, which is owned by us [the Harrison Estate], and we said yes. It's not the original master - they've never been cleared - but the song is used compositionally."

Ja Rule told Billboard: "We got the clearance, that's a win in itself!"

An entirely personal view is that I quite enjoyed the Wu Tang track - it's very laid back and low tempo and Erikah Badu has a beautiful voice. I'm sure Beatles fans will listen out for Mr Rule's effort with great interest.

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