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

Pulled along the way…
December 1, 2009, 2:15 pm
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One of the best parts of going on the Eccentric Soul Revue tour was the record stores. Numero was hitting 3-5 different shops every day, plying our wares and emptying their bins. The absolute highlight of the 20 shops we visited had to be Used Kids in Columbus, Ohio, not only for their deep $1 racks, but because the proprieters have been big Numero supporters from day one. It hasn’t hurt that we’ve made three Columbus records in the past six years, we’ve given as good as we’ve got certainly. Except this time.

Tucked away under the counter in anticipation of our arrival was an acetate that a customer had turned up in the $1 bins, a record that could not be sold for $1. The entry for “stand up guy” should have a picture of Dan from Used Kids next to it. Not only did he refuse to sell it to the digger, he refused to sell it to us, instead he donated it to our growing archive of Columbus memorabilia. What you see above is an original cut of Johnson, Hawkins, Tatum & Durr’s “A World With Out You,” with Bill Moss’ unforgettable scribble on the bottom. Dan, if you’re reading this, you certainly made our day three Monday’s back.