He didn’t even do much in the “Otis” video and had us all laughing. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one wondering what Aziz Ansari was even doing in the vid. It just so happens that Aziz is actually cool with Kanye West. I stumbled upon this funny little YouTube video with Aziz talking about how the two meet.
Once “Otis” first dropped on the radio there was no doubt that the song was a hit. With the lyrics following effortlessly from Jay and Ye, Mr. Redding gives the track life. Amped and ready to take over the world Kanye and Jay deliver. Directed by Spike Jonze this video doesn’t disappoint.
If you are currently listening to Watch the Throne I know you are very excited about the video for “Otis” coming out tomorrow, August 11th. If you can’t wait any longer, watch this preview of the new video and get a glimpse of what will be premiering tomorrow.
Watch the video HERE
What do you think of the preview?
Otis Redding’s Daughter On Kanye West & Jay- Z: I Just Think The Collaboration Was Certainly A Tribute To Him
When sampling the likes of the legendary Otis Redding you have to get permission. No artist can bypass without this, not even Jay-Z and Kanye West. So when it was time for the duo to sample Redding’s 1996 “Try A Little Tenderness” for their track “Otis”, they had to receive permission from Concord Music Group and ultimately Otis’ daughter and his wife, Zelma Redding.
Otis Redding’s daughter says:
“When it was brought to us, it was quite interesting. We wanted to, first of all, see the lyrics and, secondly, hear the song,” Redding-Andrews said. “We couldn’t find anything negative as it relates to the association with Otis Redding. My mother has protected that legacy for so many years; therefore she gave them the approval to do it.”
“It really means a lot to me, particularly to a whole new generation of young legends, because that’s what Jay-Z and Kanye are,” Redding-Andrews said. “I just think it’s wonderful to tie an old legendary artist whose music history will never die to something [that] they have come up with. I just think the collaboration was certainly a tribute to him, and it’s really great.”
Ultimately, “Otis” is exposing a new generation to Redding’s music in a very hip and cool way. “With what we do with our foundation — pairing music with education, always involved with young people — how can I not be a fan of Kanye West and Jay-Z?” Redding-Andrews said.
I couldn’t agree more, fans are flocking to listen to this hit song and it’s being well received. I know that many who didn’t know Otis or his music are getting a little history lesson.
Do you like the track “Otis”.
Information for the upcoming album Watch the Throne has been mostly hearsay until now. The two rappers have official announced the release date, the name of their “supergroup” and an accompanying tour.
Watch the Throne will be released exclusively to iTunes on August 8 and select physical and digital retailers on August 12. As previously said before, the album’s official lead single is “Otis” and will feature collaborations with Beyonce, Frank Ocean, the Neptunes and others. Also being released the same day as Watch the Throne are tickets to their North American tour. The self proclaimed super group “The Throne” will hit all major U.S. cities, starting in Detroit on September 22 and ending in Boston on November 3. LiveNation will offer pre sale tickets and a digital copy of the album starting July 28.
I have a feeling these tickets will sell out FAST. Tour dates below:
Sept. 22 – Detroit, MI – Palace of Auburn Hills
Sept. 24 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
Sept. 25 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Sept. 27 – East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center
Sept. 28 – East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center
Sept. 28 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
Oct. 4 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
Oct. 6 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Oct. 7 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Oct. 8 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
Oct. 10 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Oct. 13 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
Oct. 14 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Oct. 16 – San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion
Oct. 17 – Sacramento, CA – Power Balance Pavilion
Oct. 19 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
Oct. 20 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
Oct. 21 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
Oct. 25 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Oct. 26 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Oct. 29 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
Oct. 30 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
Nov. 1 – Baltimore, MD – 1st Mariner Arena
Nov. 3 – Boston, MA – TD Garden