Sample Saturday: ASAP Rocky – Ghetto Symphony x Frou Frou

Asap Rocky’s follow up to his critically acclaimed mixtape Live.Love.ASAP comes out Tuesday. It’s his debut studio album titled Long.Live.ASAP which was supposed to be released last year.

Rocky stated in an interview that the album had to be delayed because he had to clear samples and didn’t want to change anything and rush the album. He told MTV:

“The issue with my album is I got things on it that’s so out of this world that it’s taking so long to get mastered. That’s the issue, and I refuse to take anything off. It’s complete. Everything is being mastered and cleared right now…It’s just so hard to get things cleared, because you got to find people to clear samples.”

One of my favorite songs on the album is “Ghetto Symphony”, a deluxe edition bonus track which features ASAP Ferg and Gunplay. The song was produced by V Don and Rocky himself, credited as Lord Flacko.

The Sample:

The sample used for those crazy strings and vocal samples is “Psychobabble” by Imogen Heap project Frou Frou. The song appears on their 2002 album Details.

The song has been sampled before by Joe Budden and weirdly Shyne has a song called “Meyer Lansky” that was released in September with the same exact beat as “Ghetto Symphony”. This is probably because Harlem producer V Don shopped the beat around a bit giving it to Shyne and Ransom before we could hear Rocky on it.

The only difference with Rocky’s beat is the familiar “louder” vocal samples from Mountain’s Long Red which is a nice touch for “Ghetto Symphony”.

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