SWV "You're The One (DJ Clark Kent Remix with Rap)" f/ Jay-Z (1996)
Album: You’re The One Remixes
DJ Clark Kent: “That was a good joint. Again, I got asked to do the remix, and the only person I wanted to put on records was Jay. This was after he was already rockin’. The SWV song was out, and it was doing fine actually—they just wanted remixes. SWV was huge. To be asked to do a record for them was crazy.
“I got the multi-track, but I didn’t have an idea for the remix. Usually, when somebody asks me to do a remix, I listen to the record like forty times, and keep listening and listening, and then something happens. With this, I didn’t have the ability to, because I was working too much.
Even though I have [everything else now], the center of my studio is still the SP-1200. Every beat gets started there. I’m not the guy who’s going to be like, ‘Oh, I’m using Logic now.’ Get the fuck out of here. If it ain’t broke, I ain’t fixin’ it.
“So I fly back in to New York to do the remix, with my drum machines and a crate of records. I listened to the song two or three times, and it was already a very sparsely produced song, so I wanted to put harder drums on it and then have Jay rhyme on it.
“I took ‘Dance To The Drummer’s Beat,’ and I took chops out of it. And I took the drums from it too, and I truncated them in a way so that once I played them, it would still sound like a loop, without being a loop. Then, I threw the stabs on the SP-1200 and played the stabs. People [won’t recognize the sample in the song] unless you really know beats. I even used [part of the song I sampled] in the beginning of the record.
“I still use the SP-1200. Even though I have [everything else now], the center of my studio is still the SP-1200. Every beat gets started there. I’m not the guy who’s going to be like, ‘Oh, I’m using Logic now.’ Get the fuck out of here. If it ain’t broke, I ain’t fixin’ it.
“The remix was so right that the other people they asked to do remixes were taking the [Jay-Z] verse off my version and putting it on theirs. I’m like, ‘Come on dog, you can’t go get your own rapper? Don’t do that.’”