Numero Group: By The Numbers


You Can Blame Them

With the recent exposure of the unlicensed use of Syl Johnson’s “Different Strokes” in “The Joy” featured on Jay-Z and Kayne West’s Watch The Throne (Deluxe Version) album, let it be known that this isn’t the first time we’ve come across people jacking our songs for their own commercial use. Our first and best selling release, Eccentric Soul: The Capsoul Label, features one of the most sampled tracks from our catalog.

After scoring an successful audition with Capsoul’s Bill Moss, the Revelations which comprised of Vigil Johnson, Al Dawson, Willie Tatum, and Norris Durr found themselves cutting their first side for the label in 1971.  Moss changed the group’s name to comprise all of their last names; then he finally mistakenly changed their name to Johnson, Hawkins, Tatum, and Durr for the labels on the 45. The A side “You Can’t Blame Me”, features the haunting lead vocal from Vigil Johnson, it’s no wonder why the hook is ripe for choppin and loopin.

Some of the biggest up and coming names in the hip hop industry at the moment including Big K.R.I.T., Curren$y, and Wiz Khalifa are featured below with the fourth belonging to Queensbridge’s finest veteran duo, Mobb Deep. Ironically, all these tracks are featured on each of the artists own mixtapes. Sadly, “You Can’t Blame Me” gets shafted even worse then the customers who buy or download these mix-tapes. For the most part mixtapes come off more as a sloppy hodgepodge of beats and mediocre lyrics than a fully conceived work that really represents an artist.  Broken promises of featuring a guest artist’s 16 bars or a producer’s beat are are given redemption, usually stuffed between tepid studio scraps. Take a listen below on how each are flipped. Enjoy.

Johnson, Hawkins, Tatum, and Durr – You Can’t Blame Me

Big K.R.I.T. – Booth N Da Sky

Curren$y – On My Way

Mobb Deep – What Goes On

Wiz Khalfia – When You Find


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Curren$y makes the most of the source material; Whiz Kalifa is straight up lazy. OG song still wins!

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