Video: Salaam Remi Talks “Thief’s Theme” vs. “Hip-Hop Is Dead”

Versatile producer and long-time Nas collaborator Salaam Remi shares his thoughts on will.i.am using the very same [Iron Butterfly’s] ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’ and [the Incredible Bongo Band’s] ‘Apache’ samples for the title track of Hip Hop Is Dead that Remi had used to create ‘Thief’s Theme’ and ‘Made You Look’ for Nas merely a few years earlier.

“On ‘Thief’s Theme’ I intended it to sound like the summer of 2004… We put the record out, I remember we took it up to Flex… But nobody said, ‘You know what, that record’s crazy’ – we didn’t get that feedback. We got, ‘Uh oh, what’s he doing?’” he says in the video below.

Look out for Soul Culture‘s full Salaam Remi interview, coming soon.


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29 Responses to “Video: Salaam Remi Talks “Thief’s Theme” vs. “Hip-Hop Is Dead””

  1. Cashmere Cavalli aka The Debonair Cavalier Says:

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  2. dos equis Says:

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  3. Woodrow The Basehead Says:

    THIEFS THEME>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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  5. Breaux Brosephson the !! Says:

    Salaam producing for Jazmine Sullivan and Amy Winehouse > Salaam producing for Nas

  6. Shooter Mcgavin Says:

    I take summers off ’cause I love winter beef >

  7. Beezy Says:

    damn they just axed a few ppl here at the gig

    thank God the kid survived

  8. No_neva-eva Says:

    Salaam producing for Jazmine Sullivan and Amy Winehouse > Salaam producing for Nas

    ^^^^^

    somebody doesn’t like rap.

  9. b-ease Says:

    thank God the kid survived

    ^^
    Of course you did, you’re the token. But let another nigga start working there, your worry meter should be on 10.

  10. Slumbilical Says:

    Beezy Says:

    January 27th, 2010 at 2:34 pm
    damn they just axed a few ppl here at the gig

    ^

    word son what did they ax them

    no matter what they ax you, just say you don’t know shit and you ain’t talking without your attorney present

  11. b-ease Says:

    I take summers off ’cause I love winter beef

    ^^
    Started ’87 with the shotty in the sheep…

  12. Cashmere Cavalli aka The Debonair Cavalier Says:

    Hip Hop is Dead>>>>>>>>>>>>

  13. Chief Ali AKA The One Who Stay Building Says:

    “Theif’s Theme” video>>>>>>>>>>>>

  14. Chief Ali AKA The One Who Stay Building Says:

    Hip Hop Is Dead would prolly sound real ill in a hearse

  15. COCCA88CRAZY88SINCE88 Says:

    Will-i-Am, fucked the beat up, Theifs Theme is straight G.

  16. Mr. Meen Says:

    That green ghost comic book or whatever is straight ass. They couldnt get a real artist and writer?

  17. b-ease Says:

    Salaam producing for Jazmine Sullivan and Amy Winehouse > Salaam producing for Nas

    ^^
    Salaam definetly laced those broads with bangers, but Made You Look is arguably Nas’ best single. And Thiefs Theme might be 2nd or 3rd.*straight face*

  18. Beezy Says:

    b-ease Says:

    January 27th, 2010 at 2:37 pm
    thank God the kid survived

    ^^
    Of course you did, you’re the token. But let another nigga start working there, your worry meter should be on 10.

    >>damn, you never miss an oppurtunity to let off

    there are other black people here…we’re few and far btwn though.

  19. NovemberEnd Says:

    Thief Theme song & video were both sick…’04 gangsta rap still had momentum…don’t understand why it never took off…from this interview Salaam hints that Street Disciple was gonna be gutta album…something that Nasir stanleys been crying that he do something IWW-esque

  20. PsicoMagia Says:

    Beezy Says:

    January 27th, 2010 at 2:34 pm
    damn they just axed a few ppl here at the gig

    thank God the kid survived
    ^^^^
    u missed an opportunity of a lifetime…severance, unemployment , free time, clear mind..the world coulda been urs..

  21. BLESS Says:

    Salaam Remi and Nas make good music!

  22. THE BROAD STREET BASTID Says:

    No wonder I hated that HIP-HOP is DEAD song I wasn’t supposed to like it.

  23. dj dopefiend Says:

    Salaam Remi>>>>>>>William

  24. dj dopefiend Says:

    Salaam Remi>>>>>>>William

  25. Despo Rutti Says:

    Salaam! Remi Salaam

  26. j3j Says:

    good info.

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