Kanye West, Jay-Z rap over Otis Redding sample on new single
"Jay is chillin', 'Ye is chillin', what more can I say?" might just be the most descriptive line off new single "Otis," which features Kanye West and Jay-Z trading verses about how awesome, rich, and powerful they are over a hiccuping loop of Otis Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness."
The track, which is off the pair's ever-looming duo albumWatch the Throne
, has all the marquee star-power makings for a classic track, but the result is actually fairly insipid and repetitive, not to mention incongruous. In the original version of the song, Otis sings about using sweetness to win over a girl, but on "Otis" Jay-Z and Kanye are mostly focused on poppin' bottles, supermodels, buying Rolex watches, and getting their "swagga back" in cyclical verses over a cyclical sample that never seem to amount to anything and then suddenly ends.
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