Sunday, April 6, 2008
I dont know how many people realized that the Just Roll verses were basically alot of lines from 90's hip-hop/r&b cuts put together. That was the inspiration for the clip, along with a an old sketch from Skitz ("wanna root ya girl...") where they were mocking Boyz II Men, hence the reason we got Oscar Kightly to do the video. Oscar is the only one I can remember that knew every line used in the song.
I put this rough as mix together to show all the bites, back when we did the track. 10 points and a gold star for anyone that can list em all.
Just Roll is still the track of mine that we had to put the most work into. The sample Official used is The Temptations - Treat Her Like A Lady, and I thought we had no chance of clearing it so I kind of wrote the song off. Low and behold, we managed to clear the publishing but not the master, meaning we had to remake the sample. Problem was, even P-Money hadn't tried to recreate a song verbatim like that, so we didn't know if we could pull it off.
We randomly found a book of Motown sheet music in a shop by the Dirty office, that had Treat Her Like A Lady in it. Money's mate DJ Sarah Love was staying down here at the time, and she could read it, so she played some of the keys (her names in the liner notes if you check it). We brought in Chong Nee to play the lead key line, and sing the vocal along with Lemuel. Money replicated the drums, put all of that to tape, and re-sampled it. In the end, I think we got as close as possible.