I’ve had some conversations recently with people about the sampling of older pop songs in newer rap or hip-hop songs. A lot of people don’t like the use of these. I’ll agree it can sometimes be a lazy man’s way out of creating new sounds. But on the whole, I’m a fan. The thing is that these songs were hits for a reason. It’s kinda cool to hear them used in a new, updated fashion.

I guess the same goes for movie remakes. No one ever really likes the remakes of movies, but yet people go to see them and they make money. Again, I really see nothing wrong with this. It serves as a tribute to the original. Even if it doesn’t do it justice. For example the remake of the movie Psycho was nothing compared to the original. But at the same time, the remake of the Rat Pack’s Ocean’s Eleven was much better than the origninal. I mean, nine times out of ten the original version will be better than the remake, but is this because we, as viewers, will be stubborn and not allow us to enjoy a new one? Or because it really isn’t better. Technology is better, therefore certain movies could stand to be remade using what we have.

My friend Kat is waiting for a remake of Mary Poppins. This may not be a bad idea considering the improvements in special effects. It could probably be made into a great film. But as she pointed out, how can anyone do a better job of playing the lead role other than Julie Andrews? Kat forsees a Mary Poppins starring J. Lo. Perfect.

Anyway, I was just thinking about this based on the use of Phil Collins’ “Sussudio” by Ol’ Dirty Bastard in this song. It’s not a horrible song. And how many kids today will have heard of Phil Collins? Not many. Maybe this’ll bring Phil right back where he belongs, into the homes of those same kids who’re listing to the likes of Bastard, Fat Joe, and 50 Cent.

I don’t know. Just seems to me that it’s not a big deal.

But what’s really great is when a guy like Ben Folds covers a gangsta rap song like “Bitches Ain’t Shit” by Dr. Dre. Now that’s good stuff.

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