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“Mesmerize”
Artist: Ja Rule featuring Ashanti
Producer: Irv Gotti
Release Year: 2002
Song Sampled: “Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)”
Sample Release Year: 1973
Sample Effect: The instrumentation of this song really fits Ashanti’s voice well and provides something of a buffer between the listener and the gruffness of Ja Rule’s rap/singing.
Why The Song Is Dope: Because Ashanti & Ja were the Diana & Marvin of the new milleni—I’m sorry, I couldn’t even get through that. This song is terrible [Ed Note: I actually still like this song], but I definitely felt like a thug when I requested the DJ play it at my middle school dance. —MC

“Mesmerize”

Artist: Ja Rule featuring Ashanti
Producer: Irv Gotti
Release Year: 2002
Song Sampled: “Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)”
Sample Release Year: 1973
Sample Effect: The instrumentation of this song really fits Ashanti’s voice well and provides something of a buffer between the listener and the gruffness of Ja Rule’s rap/singing.
Why The Song Is Dope: Because Ashanti & Ja were the Diana & Marvin of the new milleni—I’m sorry, I couldn’t even get through that. This song is terrible [Ed Note: I actually still like this song], but I definitely felt like a thug when I requested the DJ play it at my middle school dance. —MC

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Jay Z and Kanye West
Rumored Project: Followup to Watch The Throne
Title: Watch The Throne 2
Release Date: N/A
What They've Said: Not much from Jay since last August, when he mentioned that the plan was sort of there, saying, "...we definitely spoke about dropping solo albums and then going back to do Watch The Throne 2, so we'll see what happens." Those solo albums are out of the way now, though Kanye's promised another from him in the near future. He also mentioned that the two are constantly working, but that they have no material for a rumored followup yet. Mike Dean made a reference to it in 2012, but that's so long ago at this point that it barely bears repeating.
What We Know: If this happens, it will come under even more scrutiny than the first one. Both have gone in different, highly-scrutinized directions since dropping the original WTT, and neither really need it right now to further their careers or legacies. It will come to to whether or not they feel like doing it, and not much else.
Likelihood Of It Dropping: 3 percent

Jay Z and Kanye West

Rumored Project: Followup to Watch The Throne
Title: Watch The Throne 2
Release Date: N/A
What They've Said: Not much from Jay since last August, when he mentioned that the plan was sort of there, saying, "...we definitely spoke about dropping solo albums and then going back to do Watch The Throne 2, so we'll see what happens." Those solo albums are out of the way now, though Kanye's promised another from him in the near future. He also mentioned that the two are constantly working, but that they have no material for a rumored followup yet. Mike Dean made a reference to it in 2012, but that's so long ago at this point that it barely bears repeating.
What We Know: If this happens, it will come under even more scrutiny than the first one. Both have gone in different, highly-scrutinized directions since dropping the original WTT, and neither really need it right now to further their careers or legacies. It will come to to whether or not they feel like doing it, and not much else.
Likelihood Of It Dropping: 3 percent

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