Though it's only been viral for a few hours, everything that was needed to be said about this song has been said already. Now it's my job to do some digging. This one was pretty easy, thanks to the vivid vocal sample. But I slipped up a bit along the way. Initially, I thought the sample came from the 1968 album Release of An Oath by The Electric Prunes, produced by David Axelrod. Instead, it appears that the sample used for Rakim's "Holy Are You" was from Axelrod's Royal Festival Hall performance. I actually got a copy of this last year when it came out but obviously didn't give it a good-enough hear-through to spot the sample on the fly. Anyways, I'm 99.9% sure the sample comes from this recording and not another one. You be the judge! One thing's for sure: the God MC (sorry, Hov) is back!
David Axelrod - "Holy Are You"
Album: Live at The Royal Festival Hall
Rakim - "Holy Are You"
Album: The Seventh Seal
The Electric Prunes - "Holy Are You"
Album: Release of An Oath