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T.I. Talks About The Inability to Clear Gotye Sample

Posted By on March 13, 2013

During a recent interview, T.I. spoke candidly about the difficulties he faced in attempting to clear the sample of Gotye’s “Somebody I Used To Know” for his single “Memories Back Then” and how the adjustment was made.

T.I. explained that he really loved that sample for the single, but says that he did not want to create any trouble down the road, so he remixed the song and took the sample off.

“We just remixed it and did our own thing to it. Took the sample out so we wouldn’t have any trouble in our due diligence,” he said in an interview with MTV News. “I didn’t want to waste the opportunity because it was such great performances and such a meaningful message from myself, from Bob and from Kendrick,” he expressed.”

He went on to talk about the single.

“Memories, it began as a record that my DJ MLK, he brought a record to me that was produced by Keno and it had a sample, the sample of the biggest record last year and basically I just rocked out as soon as I heard it.”

The rapper says that regardless to the difficulty concerning the sampling, the record turned out to be a great song.

“I think the record is just as hot, if not hotter without the sample,” he said. “No disrespect to the people whose record we sampled. If we could’ve done it that way we would’ve loved to, but we didn’t wanna step on no toes.”