New Jersey native and G.O.O.D. Music signee 070 Shake had one of the best musical moments during Kanye West's Wyoming Sessions, stealing the show on Pusha-T’s “Santeria.” In a new interview with Pitchfork, Shake revealed that happenstance and sample clearances played a major role in her taking center stage on the track.
“I had done [the hook on “Santeria”] in English originally,” she said. “Then we all went into Ye’s room and we were trying to figure the hook out, and they’re like, ‘You got to do it exactly like the sample,’ and the sample was in Portuguese. So I’m like, ‘Why don’t I just do it in Spanish?’ And then Ye was like, ‘That actually could be a good idea.’ So I tried it in Spanish and it was fire as fuck.
“Then, the night before the release party for Pusha’s album, I was with Ye, and he’s like, ‘Oh, the sample didn’t get cleared for ‘Santeria.’ You got to do a whole different melody. We need it by tonight.’ So I’m like, ‘OK. Let’s go.’ And I did that shit in less than an hour—just came up with a new melody.”
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Talk about a butterfly effect. Not only did the uncleared sample lead to Shake’s national breakout moment, but her re-recording of the hook in less than 60 minutes may well be the best sounding outcome from the rushed Wyoming Sessions. Had the sample been cleared, the narrative would have shifted from the 21-year-old being an unexpected superstar on the album to simply a notable accompaniment.
In five years’ time, when 070 Shake looks back on the start of her career, this sample issue may very well be the genesis of her stardom. While clearance issues have plagued other G.O.O.D Music releases, particularly Teyana Taylor’s, 070 Shake walks away from this sample dispute the clear winner.