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Sample Clearance: Who Can I Run To?

Sample Clearance: Who Can I Run To?
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It may take two or three puffs of Anderson.Paak’s conversational flow on intoxicating single “Might Be” to recognize the stimulating sample. But after feeling the effects of Paak’s conversational flow and familiar baseline, you realize the loop of Xscape’s 1995 No. 1 R&B and No. 8 pop hit “Who Can I Run To.”

So while the Oxnard, Calif. native takes us on a nostalgic trip into the 1990s, samples from the song have been the source of other hot hip hop tracks from the Snootie Wild, Game and Juvenile.

“Who Can I Run To” was one of many hit records from the multi-platinum quartet (which featured T.I.’s future baby momma and wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle), but Xscape was not the first group to record the song. The recording of this timeless record dates back to R&B trio of sisters The Jones Girls from Detroit. The original version was the B-side of “You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else” from the group’s self-titled 1979 debut album. So So Def CEO/ rapper/ producer Jermaine Dupri dusted it off, repackaged it, added his cut and redistributed it. And we’re still getting high off the musical product.