Using a sample for your single is a risky move, as people will listen to that track and compare it to the original that it used as a reference. Even though many fans liked Lil Tecca's latest single, "Need Me," a lot of people blasted the sample used. Moreover, the Queens MC used a sample of Brandy and Monica's iconic cut "The Boy Is Mine" for his single's instrumental. Overall, the sample contributes to a pretty woozy and low-key cut with minimal drum patterns that are mostly carried by Tecca's vocal delivery. Unfortunately for him, fans are tired of sample songs being so prevalent and "mid" in today's hip-hop landscape.
Of course, sampling is nothing new in the genre, as much as people like to complain about their prolificacy. In fact, sampling is considered a foundation of hip-hop by most leading figures, fans, and other community members. However, there have been a lot of hit rap songs that use sampling as a way to boost their track's profile or entice more listeners into tuning in. With all that being said, maybe fans didn't need to harp on this song; it's just be a "mid" track in your opinion at the end of the day, not a sign of disrespect to the sample.
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Lil Tecca's Brandy & Monica Sample Flip On "Need Me"
Regardless, the "Blessing" artist caught some criticism online for "Need Me" and particularly its sample flip. "They need to leave that sample Alone," one impassioned fan wrote on Twitter. "Rodney Jerkins did something special with those sounds. With the violins and s**t no one has done it Justice since." Others asked rappers to leave Brandy and Monica alone and brought up that people are reusing samples too much. "Didn't Chinese Kitty just do this?? These samples getting out of hand," another user tweeted.
At the end of the day, you're entitled to whatever you think of "Need Me" and sampling these days. Still, it seems slightly odd to only dog on a song for its sample use. Other elements of the track might make you feel lukewarm on it, too. After all, a sample is only as good as its flip, and it needs a good song to justify it. For more news and the latest updates on Lil Tecca, come back to HNHH.
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