Growing up with Otis Redding’s name comes with a huge expectations and the soul legend’s daughter seems to be meeting them with grace and poise. Karla Redding-Andrews is the daughter of the late singer known for hits such as “Mr. Pitiful,” “These Arms of Mine,” and of course “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay.”
While Redding has been sampled before by several hip-hop artists, Jay-Z and Kanye West are by far the most high profile. Sampling “Try a Little Tenderness” for their new song, “Otis,” the two “Watch The Throne” rappers have tapped into one of music’s most revered names.
To have two current, legendary artists use the legendary music of Otis Redding-we were quite honored…this is a wonderful opportunity. We really like the song and the swagger elements that are in the song. It speaks to the star that Otis was in his day.
According to Redding-Andrews, the turnover on the track was remarkably fast, one month or less:
We first heard about the song in early July, end of June. Concord Music Group has the masters and Bill Belmont and Michele Smith from Concord brought it to us. There was a back and forth about whether the name of the song would be “Otis” or “Otis Redding.” And we just wanted to make sure lyrics and references in the song worked with the legacy of my father…. The estate was offered the option to have Otis receive a “featuring Otis Redding” credit, and agreed.
While she never met with Jay or Kanye she points out this is not the first time that an Otis Redding sample has appeared on a Kanye West produced track. The rapper producer sampled Otis’ vocals for “Gone” from his 2005 Late Registration. “He must be a fan,” said Redding-Andrews.
Jay and Kanye will be performing “Otis” quite a few times this fall. Following their August 2nd release date for “Watch The Throne,” tickets will go on sale for the tour by the same name. The duo will be heading out on a 24-date Live Nation-produced run beginning in Detroit on September 22 and wrapping up on November 3 in Boston. While there are no New York dates in the line up, Jay will be closes to home during two dates at New Jersey’s IZOD Center, on September 27 and 28.
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