Sampling has always been a part of the hip-hop culture and is an art form WE truly appreciate.
Lil Nas X is one of the hottest acts out right now thanks to his smash record “Old Town Road”. Many people were skeptical if he could produce more great tracks on his upcoming EP and not just be another one-hit wonder.
Well, he did deliver on his EP with many genre-bending tracks that surprised a lot of people. One of the stand-out tracks is “Panini” which really has nothing to do with the sandwich. In this song, Lil Nas talks about his old fanbase and compares them to Panini, a character from the popular TV Series “Chowder”.
In a strange coincidence, he didn’t even realize he was interpolating a famous melody from Nirvana. He interpolated “In Bloom” from Nirvana’s second and infamous album ’Nevermind’. He went on to state “One of the craziest things about ‘Panini,’ is it introduced me to Nirvana’s album “Nevermind”. It’s like I always seen the cover but I never actually listened to it. And people was like, ‘Wow, he sampled Nirvana.’ I was like, no. It’s like, I didn’t realize I was using almost the exact same melody.”
As WE move forward into the future these younger artists might not seem aware of some of the musical legacies that have come before them. WE are glad he has similar taste to Nirvana and that he got permission from Nirvana’s estate.
WE only hope that as move forward respect is paid to the people who came before.