“My World is Empty Without You” was penned by the Motown powerhouse Holland-Dozier-Holland. The song was written for the superstar girl group The Supremes but only peaked at number 5 on the charts. The track was covered by The Smith Connection on their 1972 release Under My Wings.
I couldn’t find much info on the group. They were on the Music Merchant label, which was a subsidiary of the short-lived Invictus, ran by Holland and Dozier. Their album was produced by Ronald Dunbar who did a lot of work for Holland-Dozier-Holland and also appeared on several Parliament-Funkadelic songs. Regardless, The Smith Connection’s cover of “My World is Empty Without You” is a blazer.
The track was sampled most recently by Curren$y for his cut “Living for the City“. It was also sampled by Keith Murray and P Brothers. The song has several change ups and break downs which give it a ton of sampling flexibility.
It’s worth mentioning that the Smith Connection album is straight heat. Other tracks have been used by Pete Rock, Rakim, Evidence, AZ, and Cormega. If you see it, pick it up.