Yung Bleu Sounds On Backlash Over DMX Sample – VIBE.com
Yung Bleu has been applauding reviews for his new song “What Type Of Games,” which features a snippet of rap star DMX’s 1998 hit “How’s It Goin’ Down.”
The track, which appears on Bleu’s second studio album Tantra, drew mixed reviews, with some fans of the original speaking out about the remake and its attempt to recreate a classic. According to the 28-year-old, the recording was his way of showing respect for X’s influence and legacy, acknowledging that he could never replace the OG version.
“I get that it’s such a great song and it will never be duplicated, no matter what, by any artist!” the budding star wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted. “Classic! I pay homage!
Blue also noted that his use of the sample will ultimately benefit the Yonkers legend’s family, adding that he had in fact spoken to X in the weeks leading up to his passing in 2021. “And most importantly bringing more income to his estate!” he stated. “That’s what matters to me. Long live X. We spoke on the phone 2 weeks before he died.
blue released Tantrasequel to his 2021 debut moon boy, on Friday, November 11 via EMPIRE and its Moon Boy University label. Led by the single “Love in the Way” with Nicki Minaj, Tantra includes additional features from Fivio Foreign, Zayn, Kelly Rowland, French Montana and Lucky Daye.
Rapper Tory Lanez recently took credit for the rise of rap and R&B songs sampling records from the 90s and 2000s, highlighting his popular chixtape series. “This is crazy…6 years ago the ni**as got mad at me for sampling all the records that were NOT OK to sample on the CHIXTAPES!” tweeted l Canadian artist with a long ellipsis. “Now I look up to a whole generation of artists doing EXACTLY what I used to do.. cutting old Rnb/Pop samples and updating them with sound NOW.”
Apparently, the comeback hit of his modern take on “How’s It Going Down” isn’t stopping Bleu from continuing to push the record, as he recently hinted at plans to release an accompanying music video for the song. On Sunday, Nov. 13, the Alabama native posted a photo of himself wearing a Ruff Ryders t-shirt and bandana alongside a photo of the “How’s It Goin’ Down” visual on social media.