El Debarge: All Samples Cleared

After a 15-plus year hiatus, legendary R&B singer El DeBarge has resurfaced with his new album, appropriately titled, Second Chance. His fifth studio album released under Interscope records is a dedication to the singer’s struggles over the years and a tribute to his legendary falsetto, but as he continues to make unforgettable love songs the ’80s vocalist has evaluated his relevance to hip-hop and has combined the two on his latest album.

Featuring rappers like label-mate 50 Cent and Fabolous, DeBarge is crossing into an untouched audience and producing more than just samples on rap albums. With his upcoming mixtape, Switch Up the Format, DeBearge shows he can mix it up and give hip-hop what it’s missing.

“People think that hip-hop is a copycat and just merely a derivative of something else that already was,” Debarge said. “But hip-hop is really authentic. It’s a breed of its own, [but] it emanates from the same source R&B emanates from [and] the same source good music emanates from, soul.”

But before talking a mixtape release date, XXLmag.com caught up with DeBarge and got his opinion on some hip-hop classics – all sampled by him of course. — Amber McKynzie

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  • sealsaa

    sealsaa | January 5, 2011 4:41 pm
    WOW. Corn XXL, straight corn. I swear, Vibe isn’t this pathetic. I knew the r&b features in the mag would lead to this shit. Hanging on light-skint nigga’s dicks as if it was the 80′s. FOH.
    ^From the Drake/Rhianna feature

    Oh look, a Debarge feature. I must be clairvoyant. Ya’ll must have some 80′s bred light skint chicks doing the editorials.

    • t-bone nutz

      wth? Why do his skin color come into play? Step off hater. respect the music..ain’t this what the article is about? Silly rabbit

      • T

        Agreed! I’m tired of dark skinned people hating on their light skinned brothers and sisters for NO REASON. IT’S ALL BLACK.

        • t-bone nutz

          For realz…peeps spend too much time focusing on the outside and they hangups…this joker missed the whole historial relevance of El’s music to hip hop cuz he hatin. mad ignorant…

          btw, El’s new cd is straight fire

  • t-bone nutz

    Wow, of course I knew about Big and Pac but those others are news to me. El and fam is da bizness! Much respect El D. BTw, feelin’ those new jawns w/ you and Fiddy and Loso..

  • Don mcCaine

    I always liked the DeBarge families’ music. It was a shame how the industry put so much pressure on them to be the next Jacksons…

    ‘Stay With Me’
    ‘Love Me In A Special Way’

    are forever songs…welcome back El…

  • GonzoDaGod

    GunRu MI stand da fuck up, Debarges, Al Green, La The Darkman, Now Front & Center Entertainment’s Mutt. We produce classic shyt. Stay Tuned for “No Glove No Love” the mixtape

  • Justin

    Hey, What About “Throw Some D’s” Song? That Sampled El. But I Got To Agree, 2Pac & Biggie Definitely Made His Songs Their Own, You Don’t See That Much No More Like You Use To. Also, I’m Glad He Gives His Opinion On People That Samples His Work. Articles Like This, Is What Keeps Me Reading XXL. Find More Old School Artist To Interview & Give Their Opinions On Hip-Hop Songs That Sample Their Material. Thank You

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