June 15th, 2014 | By illtal
When you think of Wet Willie, you probably think of someone sticking their finger in your ear. A couple of dudes from Alabama thought it would be a great name for their band. The group released a few albums in the early 70′s on Capricorn records and charted with the single “Keep on Smilin“. Their debut self-title album didn’t have any hits, but did contain the cut “Beggar Song“. “Beggar Song” was used for 2 of New York’s greatest rappers – Jay-Z and Cormega.
In all fairness, Jay-Z rapped over the sample first on the track “Like That“. The song was featured on Kid Capri‘s 1998 album Soundtrack to the Streets. I don’t own the album and I couldn’t find any production credits online. I’m going to have to assume since the album was put out through Trackmasters, Tone & Poke might have produced it or Kid Capri himself. I have heard he was heavy in the digging circuit in the 90′s and he certainly has a fair share of hits under his belt. Either way, the track went on to become a Jay-Z non-album favorite.
Two years later, The Sqwad featuring Cormega single dropped, using the same loop. J-Love looped the same part as the Jay-Z track, but heavy panned it to include extra guitar notes later in the sample – essentially making it mono. The song became so popular, Mega would eventually include it on one of his albums.
The loop doesn’t kick in till 3 minutes in, so either listen or fast forward. Check it out and decide who flipped it better.