Otis Redding's Daughter Talks Jay-Z & Kanye West "Otis" Track

Karla Redding-Andrews talks about how the "Otis" sample was cleared, and how her father landed a feature credit on the track.

As Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Otis" makes its way around the internet and airwaves - to great acclaim - the daughter of the late Soul singer after whom the song is named has revealed the back story to the track.

"We first heard about the song in early July, end of June," said Karla Redding-Andrews in an interview with Billboard. "Concord Music Group has the masters and Bill Belmont and Michele Smith from Concord brought it to us. There was a back and forth about whether the name of the song would be 'Otis' or 'Otis Redding.' And we just wanted to make sure lyrics and references in the song worked with the legacy of my father. To have two current, legendary artists use the legendary music of Otis Redding-we were quite honored."

Redding-Andrews explained that she didn't meet with either Hov or West, the latter of whom previously sampled Redding on Late Registration's "Gone," but explained that the determining factor in deciding whether or not co clear the sample is that "[i]t always amounts to respect to Otis."

Fans will notice that "Otis" is listed as "featuring Otis Redding." When asked about how that came to be, Redding-Andrews simply replied, "The estate was offered the option to have 'Otis' receive a 'featuring Otis Redding' credit, and agreed."

Watch the Throne is due in digital form on August 8.

Related: Cee Lo Green Says He "Didn't Love" Jay-Z & Kanye West's "Otis," Praises Drake


  • Anonymous

    anyone can steal a song and say they are an artist kanye steals beats and jay z steals lyrics but jbird gets all up in that ass, i'll kill both of them in a freestyle anytime http://soundcloud.com/this-j-bird-bitch

  • Bs

    That "feature" is bullshit, and there's nothing legendary about kanye

    • HipHop

      Kanye is a legend and a musicial genius. Someone who is responsible for the progression of this genre. He dropped countless classics worked with the best and laced them with their best beats they ever had.

    • BrownJack

      Kanye will be a legend. I didn't want to think of it that way, but it's true. Who else has that kind of appeal with pop audiences and hardcore hip hop crowds. Who else has that kind of mass appeal? Pretty much Em, Jay, and Ye.

  • Anonymous

    uncle otis > otis lol joking or am I ... anyway not a big jay fan but I'm interested to see how well the two can be on a whole album this is good for hip hop...

  • j

    i am not trying to say anything bad about his daughter, but what is the difference moneywise in clearing the sample versus a feature credit?

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