Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Aaliyah Archives: Da Bassment Demo Tape

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So recently, I mentioned to you all about the 20th Anniversary of Da Bassment crew. Since I have never heard these rare demo tracks before, I decided to give them a listen, and to my surprise...I came across ONE particular track where I recognised the beat/sample straight away. In fact two artists! Aaliyah (which was pretty much a no brainer, since this is an Aaliyah blog lol) and Ginuwine. This particular track features the likes of Virginia, Missy Elliott with production from Timbaland himself titled 'Let Me In Your Life'. If you listen carefully, the beginning beat sounds very similar to Ginuwine's 'When Doves Cry' on his album The Bachelor (a cover version he did of the original by Prince for those who are not familiar). Then as we get into the track more, I hear a sample which has been used in Aaliyah's 'Heartbroken' from her One In A Million album. Peep the first video below and skip straight to 16:24 to listen. I gotta say I am actually feeling this! Has such a 90's nostalgia vibe. You can also listen to some of the other demo tracks too, if you are curious. I happen to have more tracks for all those interested, so if anyone wishes to have this demo tape, email me via theaaliyaharchives@gmail.com and I shall personally email it to you.

Anyhoo, peep the videos below to compare and contrast these sounds. I have also included the original sample which was used for Aaliyah's Heartbroken which was from 'Minnie Riperton – Inside My Love' (skip to 3:07 on the video to hear the sample)

(Credit to http://escobar300.wordpress.com for the demo tape)