Drake Samples House DJ, Black Coffee, on Latest Release, "Get It Together"
House enthusiasts might have noticed that a certain beat on Drake’s newly released “More Life,” a “Playlist By October Firm,” sounds strikingly familiar to a house hit from 2010.
That song would be house/deep house tastemaker, Black Coffee’s, “Superman,” a track whose 2010 roots now extend to 2017 to “Get It Together,” the fifth track on Drake’s extensive, twenty-two track playlist.
Hailing from South Africa, Black Coffee’s Superman is sampled on Get It Together, where the DJ is credited alongside U.K. singer, Jorja Smith, Smith having been substituted for the original female vocalist on Superman.
A listen to the 2010 Black Coffee release reveals that the opening to Get It Together is entirely borrowed from the original, along with the pulsating background beat. While the lyrics to Superman ask “will you be my superman?” Drake naturally adds his own twist to Get It Together, coupling his vocals with Jorja Smith’s to croon “You need me to get that sh*t together, so we can be together,” in a linguistic rhythm of language that syncs perfectly with the rhythm of the song’s instrumental basis. The Black Coffee branded release materializes perhaps unexpectedly within Drake’s hip hop/R&B wheelhouse, yet receives an execution that is flawless given the adaptation and transition of genre.
Listen to Superman below to get a taste of Get It Together's origin.