Yesterday, the world lost a beautiful person when Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, died at the age of 76 years old. So many different people, from musicians, to athletes, to politicians all paid tribute to Aretha in their own way. One specific artist that paid tribute to the Queen of Soul was Gramatik.
Now back in 2008, Gramatik released his album ‘Street Bangerz.’ That album has now become part of a series now renamed as ‘SB.’ As we wait for ‘SB5,’ we get a taste of it today through his new single “Let Me Know The Way.” He perfectly samples Aretha Franklin’s beautiful voice and incorporates them into his signature production style for an absolutely amazing tune. So check out his amazing tribute and read what he had to say about it below.
RIP Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul.
I made this last month for SB5 and thought I’d upload it today as a tribute.
Back when I was in 8th grade, I discovered sampling and found out it’s the basis of hip hop production and culture. I was captivated by this art form and she was one of the first artists I sampled in that same week. Over the last 15+ years, I’ve sampled her countless times and learned the craft through sampling her amazing discography. 2 of the most prominent beats of mine with samples of her are “In This Whole World” and “I’m Free”, and even to this day, coincidentally, I made 3 beats last month for SB5 with samples from her songs, this is one of them. She was a force of nature, a voice of a generation and an inspiration to us all. We will miss you dearly, my Queen. ♥️