Even with all the convenience the digital age has brought to the fan’s music consumption diet, chalking up the days of producers digging for infectious samples and thumbing through an album booklet to check out the credits as a relic of yesterday is a harsh reality to face. These days, record labels are coming for 200% of their interpolated work and digital booklets are used more for their illustrations than info.
So with the recent announcement of Black Star’s plans to create an album solely based on Aretha Franklin samples, the cult of nostalgia immediately obtained a win. And not for nothing, the Queen of Soul has been partially responsible for an assorted collection of Hip-Hop treasures. Here’s a glimpse at some of her incredible, indirect input.