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“Smooth Operator”
Artist: Big Daddy Kane
Producer: Big Daddy Kane
Release Year: 1989
Song Sampled: “Sexual Healing”
Sample Release Year: 1982
Sample Effect: The sample can only be heard for a split second buried in the middle of the song, which makes it that much more rewarding to catch. At the 1:42 mark, you can hear Marvin sing the word “up” from the interlude that directly follows the line “Darling, you’re so great / I can’t wait for you to operate.”
Why The Song Is Dope: From his 1989 album It’s A Big Daddy Thing, this song establishes Big Daddy Kane as a sex symbol and a bona fide player alongside tracks like “I Get the Job Done” and “Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy.” Marvin Gaye might have been able to relate. —MC

“Smooth Operator”

Artist: Big Daddy Kane
Producer: Big Daddy Kane
Release Year: 1989
Song Sampled: “Sexual Healing”
Sample Release Year: 1982
Sample Effect: The sample can only be heard for a split second buried in the middle of the song, which makes it that much more rewarding to catch. At the 1:42 mark, you can hear Marvin sing the word “up” from the interlude that directly follows the line “Darling, you’re so great / I can’t wait for you to operate.”
Why The Song Is Dope: From his 1989 album It’s A Big Daddy Thing, this song establishes Big Daddy Kane as a sex symbol and a bona fide player alongside tracks like “I Get the Job Done” and “Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy.” Marvin Gaye might have been able to relate. —MC

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