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BeatTips MusicStudy: O.C. Feat. Yvette Michelle – “Far From Yours”


Unassuming Beat, but Intensely Hip Hop/Rap

By Amir Said (Sa’id)

One of the better marriages between hip hiop/rap music and contemporary R&B ever recorded, “Far From Yours” is one of favorite songs (any genre) of all time. There are a number of things that I dig about this song. The understated yet confident rhyme tone that O.C. takes; the well-chosen drum scheme; the mix of the vocals—not too out in front; the gripping mood of the track… dope!

From the O.C. album Jewelz (1997), this was the lead single. On an album packed with street-based hip hop/rap, this song was perhaps put together with the hopes of O.C. cracking more radio play. Still, because of O’s consistent rhyme flow and the solid beatwork—complete with hook scratches, this song was never labeled a “radio” joint, and rightfully so.

For educational purposes…

O.C. feat. Yvette Michelle – “Far from Yours”

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About Author

Amir Said (aka Sa’id) is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BeatTips. A writer, publisher, and beatmaker/rapper from New York, Said is the author of a number of books, including ‘The BeatTips Manual,’ ‘The Art of Sampling,’ ‘Ghetto Brother,’ and ‘The Truth About New York.’ He is also a recording artist with a number of music projects, including his latest album 'The Best of Times.' Follow him on Twitter at: @amirsaid and @BeatTipsManual