Evidence Details Work On "Last Call" Off Kanye West's "The College Dropout"

Exclusive: Evidence speaks about his work on "Last Call" off "The College Dropout," Kanye West's debut album.

Evidence, who co-produced Kanye West's "Last Call" off 2004's The College Dropout, says he received a tip from a friend regarding the sample he used on the track. 

"My friend Porse used to dig for records," Evidence says in an exclusive interview with HipHopDX. "He’d come to the crib like, 'I got some heaters for y’all. Check this one out.' And he’d overcharge the fuck out of us. Like a 99 cent record would be 30 bucks. But it was like, 'Alright, he went and got his hands dirty.' Not only doing that, but would dot #2 on the record and he’d be like, 'I think the sample’s here.' He had an ear, you know what I'm saying? A great ear. So, I bought a stack from him."

He says the stack of records Porse supplied held an interesting selection. "This one was called 'Mr. Rockefeller,'" Evidence says. Porse suggested Evidence "try to get it to Jay Z one day." "Yeah, right," Evidence said at the time.

But the opportunity came to have Jay Z hear the beat when Evidence worked with Kanye West on Dilated Peoples' "This Way," a song that also features West. 

"Made the beat anyway," Evidence says. "And then doing 'This Way' with Kanye West, I just asked him, 'Can you play it for Jay Z for me?' He did. And then Jay Z didn't do it for The Black Album and then [West] took it.

"But the reason it says [it was] produced by both of us [is because] the sample didn't clear," Evidence continues. "He went and had an orchestra come in and replay shit. A musicologist, he really took it to a level I couldn't have musically. Instruments were played on top, he added drums to my drums and he really took it there. I think the version I turned in to him was just as raw because I love the loop and the drum sound of it, but his is really well-produced. So when it says it was produced by both of us, it's well-deserved. I'm not disputing that or anything like that." 

While Evidence doesn't dispute West's work on the selection, he says he has often thought about releasing his version of the beat. 

"I was thinking of putting it out, my version, with just the loop on it," he says. "Really, I was trying to find an a cappella for his, and sync it back to mine. But it doesn’t exist. But there are ways you can make a capellas. Some things I can’t tell you about, but if I can pull that off, that’d be sick." 

Evidence earned a platinum plaque for his work on "Last Call," an achievement he references on "You" off his most recent solo album, Cats & Dogs. The platinum plaque was recently featured in a photo shoot with Van Styles, which can be seen below. 

Evidence and Alchemist recently released their Lord Steppington album, a Rhymesayers Entertainment project the duo dropped as Step Brothers. The project received a 4 out of 5 X rating on HipHopDX. Evidence has released two full-length solo albums, The Weatherman and the aforementioned Cats & Dogs. Evidence and his fellow group DJ Babu and Rakaa Iriscience members are presently prepping Dilated Peoples' upcoming Rhymesayers Entertainment album Directors of Photography

Photography By: Van Styles

RELATED: Alchemist & Evidence Discuss "Lord Steppington" & Beastie Boys' Influence

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11 Comments

  • Frenchy

    I was in a restaurant last night with a lot of old r&b and soul playing in the background - Nina Simone, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder etc. and I heard a track with an (almost) identical beat/bassline to "Last Call" with someone singing over the top. judging by the chorus it would have been called "beautiful girl" or something similar but I couldn't quite pin down the voice. It sounded similar to John Legend, but at the same time the record sounded as if it was from the 80's. Even though the majority of the tracks playing at the restaurant were from the 80's and before, it's not impossible that the CD they were playing was modern. The newest track I could pick out was Lauryn Hill - Everything is Everything. so it can't have been ancient. Anyway to get to the point, does anyone know if the beat/bassline was also sampled/replicated for "Last Call', or has something been released since College Dropout to this description?

  • Chris S

    I love hearing stories behind songs like this. Another great one is Nas's story about the making of Cherry Wine with Amy Winehouse. YouTube that if you haven't seen it yet. Last Call is the perfect ending to my favorite album of all time.

  • Trojan

    DAAAAAAAAMN. that platinum plaque is sweet.

  • beats

    One of the best beats on that lp, for sure. #CAALLDAY

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  • R.Pgh

    Been a huge fan of Ev since 'Work the Angles' back when I was in high school working at the music shop. I used to grab up all the Beatjunkies mixtapes that was loaded with West Coast Hip Hop. 16 years later and Ev is still killing it. Step Brothers album is crazy good.

  • Anonymous

    Alot of history here...

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