Daughter of Otis Redding, Karla Redding-Andrews, sat with Billboard to discuss her feelings and thoughts of Jay-Z and Kanye West’s sampling of her father’s 1966 classic “Try a Little Tenderness,” which they titled “Otis”.
When Redding-Andrews was asked when she first heard about the track “Otis”, produced by Kanye West, she replied:
“We first heard about the song in early July, end of June. Concord Music Group has the masters and Bill Belmont and Michele Smith from Concord brought it to us. There was a back and forth about whether the name of the song would be “Otis” or “Otis Redding.” And we just wanted to make sure lyrics and references in the song worked with the legacy of my father. To have two current, legendary artists use the legendary music of Otis Redding-we were quite honored.“
In response to Redding-Andrews reasons for clearing Redding’s song to be sampled by Jay-Z and Kanye West, she said:
It always amounts to respect to Otis. That’s what my mother has always put on the table, first and foremost. It always depends on how it’s used and what the artist has going on at the time. All of that goes into play.
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