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This new El-P track, stemming from “Drones Over Bklyn,” except with a redone beat that samples Rush’s “Tom Sawyer,” comes courtesy of a new technology called Legitmix. Simply put, this technology puts the whole sample-clearing mess to rest. It’s still new and I can see a few reasons why it might have a hard time taking off, but here’s the idea:

“When a consumer purchases “Rush Over Bkyln”, the browser-based Legitmix software searches their computer for the “Tom Sawyer” track. If they don’t have it they can purchase it from Legitmix or any online music store. With a few mouse clicks, the Legitmix software recreates on the binary level “Rush Over Bklyn” on the consumer’s computer using their copy of “Tom Sawyer”. The price of “Rush Over Bklyn is $0.70 plus the retail cost of the “Tom Sawyer” track (if the consumer doesn’t have it).”

El-P dug the idea, but the other motivation behind this is of a more personal nature. El-P’s friend and collaborator DJ Mr. Dibbs is suffering from cirrhosis of the live, is uninsured, and is facing huge hospital bills. All proceeds from this song will go to Dibbs,


El-P – “Rush Over Bklyn”

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