Sunday, April 4, 2010

Janis Ian & Army of the Pharaohs | Sample & Example

Army of the Pharaohs' new album The Unholy Terror has been getting its fair share of spins over at the Case de Ivan. The Philly-based supergroup has put out yet another solid effort with gritty beats and murderous raps (as usual). One particular song to catch my ear is track thirteen on the album, "Burn You Alive". The spooky piano murmurs and pounding bass create the perfect atmosphere for one of the most pleasant-sounding choruses in recent memory; ironic since the lyrics are about as sadistic and twisted as can be. Interestingly enough, the hook is performed using auto-tune. Call it blasphemy or call it mockery, either way my position is that when autotune is done right I can't complain - and these guys have got it right.

Most intriguingly though, another element that makes this track so engaging is the sample they dug up: Janis Ian's "In the Winter", released in 1975. Written, arranged and scored by Ian, "In the Winter" features the lyrics "For a dime I can talk to God/ Dial-a-prayer/ Are you there?/ Do you care?/ Are you there?", effectively scooped up by AOTP. A+ crate digging for Triple Z:

"In the Winter" by Janis Ian

"Burn You Alive" by Army of the Pharaohs


  1. DJ KO feat. SILENT KNIGHT, SKYZOO & EMILIO ROJAS "get em'">>>>> ARMY OF THE PHAROAHS "burn you alive"
    both songs DOPE
    PREMO also killed that sample on BIG SHUG feat. SINGAPORE KANE & TERMANOLOGY "my boston"

  2. hope one day we can get a CELPH TITLED album

  3. Damn they totally ruined a good sample. autotune + Hip Hop=wackness

  4. Nice use of the track, but not much crate diggin' really needed. This was a MEGA-POPULAR album in the 70's !

  5. man this is f*cked up
    Illminds beat with this sample is so much nicer
    this makes me so sad

  6. AOTP's song actually isn't auto-tuned. It's Block McCloud's voice with echo. If you don't believe me then listen to Block McCloud's tracks or even "End of Days" by Vinnie Paz.