Album: The Blueprint
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
What still dazzles about "Izzo" is how it exemplifies Kanye West's flair for taking very familiar samples, and forming them into unique new shapes without making any attempt to disguise them. Where Lil Romeo's "My Baby," the other pop rap smash of 2001 that sampled "I Want You Back," did little to change or add to the iconic song's groove, "Izzo" chops up dashes of strings and piano over another bite of the "Xxplosive" drums (foreshadowing the way Mr. West would set another Michael Jackson classic to a new BPM on "Good Life"). The track's wildest easter egg, however, was the opening slide guitar from The Flaming Lips' "She Don't Use Jelly" that punctuates every other bar of the song.