Wu-Tang Clears First Ever Beatles Sample, Delays Release of 8 Diagrams

wu-tang-logo.jpgIn a surprising coup, the Wu-Tang Clan has obtained the first Beatles sample clearance ever issued for a new track on their upcoming LP, 8 Diagrams. In a blog posting on their MySpace page, the crew announced the victory and also mentioned that the release date for the LP has been pushed back to December 4 from its previous date of November 13. The sample in question is from the Beatles track “My Guitar Gently Weeps,” which the Wu is covering on 8 Diagrams. According to previous reports, the Wu version will include contributions from Dhani Harrison, son of late Beatle band member George Harrison. Interestingly, in addition to Dhani and The Harrison Estate, the Wu blog posting also thanks R&B artist Erykah Badu for helping to bring the track to life.

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  • CHI-W

    can’t wait

  • Tha Ace

    i don’t understand how this is the first beatles sample but anyway this might be the first album i buy in years

  • ri067953

    Didn’t Talib have a sample of “Eleanor Rigby” on his “Beatiful Mixtape” a few years back? Does that not count? He had LaToyia Williams singing the hook and she murdered it.

  • LowEndofDaChi

    Wow, this should be something special.

  • ThaCarter

    Wutang forever, first bitches!!!

  • http://xxlmag.com King B

    The Wu. (pause) Beatles sample. (pause) Eryka Badu. (pause) Damn.

  • cHocolate Rain

    It’s the first official Beatles sample, cleared by The Beatles themselves dummiez!
    I really, really hope the Wu come with that gritty Wu sound. Fans r hoping for that.

  • ri067953

    Yo, I shit on Chocolate Rain’s comment. All of the members estates have control over the music, so in turn all samples have to be cleared through them or their publishing company. The Beatles control everything that happens with their music. This is how they became richer then any rapper alive. 50 cent got money but he ain’t got that Beatles type of money.

  • http://msn.com Fools talk wise men listen

    The Wu is back Im out at Shaolin in a minute
    Damn I miss the 90′s

  • CHI-W

    Years ago Michael Jackson bought the rights to some of their songs. I don’t know if he still owns them.

  • uark

    No he doesn’t own them any more (he outbids Paul McCartney the first time the catalog was up for sale)… then he had to sell them after he molested those kids and needed a defense team. Paul McCartney purchased them.

  • Weezy F.

    Lil Wayne used a Beatles sample in an unofficial song called “Help.” Look it up, I think it’s some of his best.

  • CHI-W

    Oh yeah,the old Michael Jackson child molestation case. Good times

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  • http://myspace.com/stopbeatingoff Rich Nice

    Rio/Choc Rain – what someone does on a mix tape is hardly legal, which is why the feds crack down, (even arrested DJ Drama). Ghost used that same sample on ‘More Fish’ the series he did with J-Love. But they do need full clearance from the estate of the writers, and the owners of the catalog (which as previously noted went back to Paul after Michael got a case of the grabs and needed paper). After the way Paul was looking at Jay Z a few Grammy awards back, I thought he had no interest in Hip Hop, maybe Rza hit him with some of that Tical and it was all love…

  • Keyser Soze

    Wu-Tang Clan are back! THOSE are the hardest Niggaz! Period! G-Unit/Dip Set/D-Block- whoever, nobody is harder than Wu!

  • http://www.youtube.com/paragon249 Colron

    Congrats to the Wu. This is the Best beatles sample I’ve heard yet and maybe now it has a shot at getting cleared.

    –> http://youtube.com/watch?v=DABY28X-iwI

  • rec

    Weezy F. Says:

    October 2nd, 2007 at 3:19 pm
    Lil Wayne used a Beatles sample in an unofficial song called “Help.” Look it up, I think it’s some of his best.
    unoffical = not cleared

  • ri067953

    Yo, those samples gotta be cleared or else Wayne and Talib could be sued for infringement. They can’t sell product using samples of other peoples work without clearing the sample first. Remember when Madlib and Kweli put out “Liberation” for free? They did so because they couldn’t get most of the samples cleared so that they could sell it.

  • the r

    didn’t nas sample this song for undying love already?

  • arcey

    anyone remembers Group Home’s Livin’ proof LP? the Intro was a sample “yesterday” but I don’t think it was the beatles version of the song, anyway WU-Tang Forever!!!!!!

  • Cuban Link

    Same day as Sai’s?Hmm…

    We’re about to see a Clash of the Titans ’07 Pt.II bitchez!Well, maybe…

  • funkymunky

    DangerMouse sampled the same track, ‘My Guitar Gently Weeps’ on the Grey Album version of Jigga’s ‘What More Can I Say’. Beat that.

  • W

    wutang clan ain’t nuttin to fuck wit

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  • Hip-Hop inTha Physical

    This is huge. A beatles sample. I hope RZA flips this shit out. Cuban Link says “Same day as Sai” Sai album will not do nearly as well. Plus alot of production from Just, he kinda fell off. I ain’t tryin to preach but duded need to start buyin albums. support your favorite artist.

    Hit Me Up:

  • Wu Clanman

    Oh shit bitches….. Its on………

  • J2theX

    Ja Rule cleared the Beatles song “Eleanor Rigby” He is dropping his album on November 13th, the same day Wu supposed to drop….. hm interesting…..Talib’s version was unofficial…..

  • EReal

    You need to diversify yo bonds nigga.

  • http://www.myspace.com/cynthialacangri prettigirlhiphop

    I’m so sad I needa wait 2 monthz for it….damn tho itz worth the wait their singke watch ya mouth is cold

  • AZ40

    Love Wu…

    Who cares about the Beatles…Muthafuck them, Elvis,and John Wayne!!!

  • Bølla

    Naughty by Nature sampled “You Know my name (Look Up My Number)” by the Beatles on their first album, I think. But that probably wasn’t official, and now Paul is gonna find out. Sorry, Treach.

  • Tha Ace

    the r Says:

    October 2nd, 2007 at 5:46 pm
    didn’t nas sample this song for undying love already?

    nas sampled john lennon’s imagine which i’m sure everybody knows of

  • teeray

    don’t forget the first… special ed “taxing” (1989)…

  • http://www.myspace.com/roycebirth Royce

    Nah, Talib’s joint got rejected from sample clearance…

    Wu is pretty much the first one to get pass the impossible beatles sample clearance.

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  • scott

    You can hear the track at loud.com

  • http://www.myspace.com/jonnysimps JonnySimps

    didn’t knockturnal use a Beatles sample a few years back – think the song was called music?

  • papo

    I just heard the track and i can REASSURE you that the version being used in the song is from Jimmy Ponder and not Beatles.

    Peep it for yourself:


  • http://blog.myspace.com/deejaygee2007 DJ Gee

    I’m happy for them, this is a big move. I read about this on globalgrind.com and almost thought it wasn’t true, good for them!

  • Cole

    What a publicity stunt! Like J2THEX said Ja Rule is the first one to clear a beatles sample. The song is Father Forgive Me. It samples Eleanor Rigby off the Beatles Revolver album. Ja Rule The Mirror Album In Stores November 13.

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