Author Topic: NAPOLEON: "DR. DRE WANTED TO PRODUCE HIT EM UP"  (Read 1444 times)

kuruptlon

Re: NAPOLEON: "DR. DRE WANTED TO PRODUCE HIT EM UP"
« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2020, 11:07:55 AM »
There were two takes of Hit Em Up. The OG version which is what was known as Hit Em Up 2 on the bootlegs was recorded 10/31/95. The retail version was recorded on 4/19/96.

With that in mind, what Napoleon is saying is completely plausible. The OG version was recorded around the time Pac first got out, when Dre was still around, and when Pac was hanging with Faith. Dre wanted to produce that version, Faith heard that version and told Biggie about it. Then Junior Mafia used the same sample first, and Pac redid Hit Em Up and added the “Take Money” adlibs.

Also notable is EDI’s lyric in the retail version “Youz a, BEAT BITER”


did not know this, good looks on the info

No problem. I really didn't realize until this interview that Junior Mafia were the ones who copied the Dennis Edwards sample. I'm surprised this is the first I'm hearing it discussed, but maybe I missed it being mentioned in a different interview. Crazy that Pac played Hit Em Up for Faith.


Yo this makes a lot of sense. Thanks for blessing us with the info! Sidenote this Dennis Edwards video is absurd! From the comments on youtube "Dennis' jaw has a personality of it's own" lol

 
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Sccit

Re: NAPOLEON: "DR. DRE WANTED TO PRODUCE HIT EM UP"
« Reply #16 on: July 21, 2020, 01:15:11 PM »
There were two takes of Hit Em Up. The OG version which is what was known as Hit Em Up 2 on the bootlegs was recorded 10/31/95. The retail version was recorded on 4/19/96.

With that in mind, what Napoleon is saying is completely plausible. The OG version was recorded around the time Pac first got out, when Dre was still around, and when Pac was hanging with Faith. Dre wanted to produce that version, Faith heard that version and told Biggie about it. Then Junior Mafia used the same sample first, and Pac redid Hit Em Up and added the “Take Money” adlibs.

Also notable is EDI’s lyric in the retail version “Youz a, BEAT BITER”


did not know this, good looks on the info

No problem. I really didn't realize until this interview that Junior Mafia were the ones who copied the Dennis Edwards sample. I'm surprised this is the first I'm hearing it discussed, but maybe I missed it being mentioned in a different interview. Crazy that Pac played Hit Em Up for Faith.


Yo this makes a lot of sense. Thanks for blessing us with the info! Sidenote this Dennis Edwards video is absurd! From the comments on youtube "Dennis' jaw has a personality of it's own" lol




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Soopafly DPGC

Re: NAPOLEON: "DR. DRE WANTED TO PRODUCE HIT EM UP"
« Reply #17 on: July 21, 2020, 09:25:50 PM »
Actually 2pac had used this sample way back in 93/94 on the unreleased song “Tonight” by Dramacydal. So this song was on the radar for a while.
 

dj coma

Re: NAPOLEON: "DR. DRE WANTED TO PRODUCE HIT EM UP"
« Reply #18 on: July 22, 2020, 05:42:41 AM »
Actually 2pac had used this sample way back in 93/94 on the unreleased song “Tonight” by Dramacydal. So this song was on the radar for a while.

I really doubt there’s any relation to the situation here with that song.
 
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V2DHeart

Re: NAPOLEON: "DR. DRE WANTED TO PRODUCE HIT EM UP"
« Reply #19 on: September 08, 2020, 08:25:39 AM »
I can believe this 100%. This single was like an EP that included Dre's California Love and the original Hit Em Up was later re-recorded before the summer of 96 with the plan to put it out at that time. It was likely a song that 2Pac really wanted to do after prison to get it off his chest too.

I remember most singles back then were the chart song, and the radio version, possibly an instrumental (or a remix) if you were lucky but they were few and far between. You were happy to get the song without the radio host butchering a lot of it. How Do You Want It was a single that sold in the millions because it's what many (myself included) bought when we couldn't afford the high price tag they were charging for 2Pac's All Eyez On Me album in the UK and in Europe since it was a double. £22.99 in the UK back in 96 as the typical price, and Sleeves - which was a really good music shop here was even charging £26.99, after import costs. With the cumulative price changes, that is like paying $60 dollars in todays prices with the exchange rate back in 96, so you can see why a single like How Do You Want It was highly favoured. You had a small section of the album with California Love on there, plus you got the explicit version of Hit 'Em Up, rather than re-playing the video cassette version you recorded from MTV, which you had to rewind for a minute and a half to play. This generation don't know just how isolated we were for music and ease of selection. I'm sure the US was fine by 96, but the UK had Mark Morrison and Coolio in our charts and that was it   
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