Erick Sermon Used a Karaoke Machine to Make a Hit Out of a Just Blaze Beat

How an early Just Blaze production sat on the shelf for years, turned into a hit through an Erick Sermon and Redman karaoke recording, and sparked a conversation about sampling ethics.

Gino Sorcinelli
May 20 · 5 min read

The “Chandi Ka Badan” scene from ‘Taj Mahal.’

“They had a cassette and recorded the record on a Karaoke machine. That’s what went up to the radio. Then, they sent me the Pro Tools files to mix the record.”

The official “React” music video.

“It was one of those instances where, when you’re mixing and you take it apart and put it back together, you lose that initial spark that was there when you made the beat.”

Just Blaze’s episode of Fuse TV’s ‘Crate Diggers.’

“It just goes to show that sometimes you don’t have to over-mix and over-think a record. Sometimes that initial spontaneous spark is what matters.”

Just Blaze’s episode of ‘Rhythm Roulette.’

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Gino Sorcinelli

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Freelance journalist @Ableton, ‏@HipHopDX, @okayplayer, @Passionweiss, @RBMA, @ughhdotcom + @wearestillcrew. Creator of www.Micro-Chop.com and @bookshelfbeats.

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Dissecting beatmaking, DJing, rapping, and sampling.