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Kraak and Smaak Flipped Johnnie Taylor


Rhapsody Ad Good for Beatmaking and Sampling Cause


Questions revolving around sampling as an art form and legitimate method for making music always arise when discussing hip hop/rap music. However, let someone outside of the hip hop/rap community sample something, and well, low and behold, they’re considered some sort of genius (really clever) musician. Case in point: Kraak and Smaak’s use of soulman Johnnie Taylor’s song, “You’re Tthe Best Girl In The World.”

Online music service provider Rhapsody has been promoting its wares with commercial backed by a snippet of Kraak and Smaak’s “Squeeze Me.” The Netherland’s duo essentially builds their song around the main breakdown of Johnie Taylor’s “You’re the Best Girl in the World.” Yet the word around town is how ‘hot’ and dope Kraak and Smaak are. Hungh??!! Oh, and yeah, no one is calling Kraak and Smaak lazy, or uncreative, or unimaginative, or worst, thieves
In the final analysis though, this actually may work to the benefit of devoted sample-based hip hop/rap beatmakers/producers. Either way, check out the original and the derivative works below.

The music and video below is presented here for the purpose of scholarship.

Johnnie Taylor – “You’re The Best Girl In The World”

Kraak and Smaak – “Squeeze Me”

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