Earlier this week, a now-deleted blog post over at Wu-Tang Clan’s MySpace led folks of various stripes to believe the troupe’s first single from the forthcoming 8 Diagrams would include the first-ever sanctioned Beatles sample, a snippet from “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” Nope. Turns out it was a question of semantics.
The statement that we made yesterday was incorrect and we apologize for any confusion it may have caused. We DID NOT sample the Beatles, i repeat, we DID NOT sample the Beatles, rather we did an INTERPOLATION of the classic George Harrison composition ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps.’ In a historic collaboration, Dhani Harrison, son of George, through his friendship with the RZA, played guitar on the song and he himself helped secure the REUSE LICENSE. Also appearing on the song are John Frusciante, guitar player for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Erykah Badu singing the chorus. To satisfy everyone’s curiosity, the song will be streamed exclusively on loud.com tonight. It will be the first single and video from the forthcoming album ‘8 Diagrams’ in stores December 4.
Thanks again to Dhani Harrison and the Harrison Estate for helping us make history.
So it’s Dhani (and Frusciante). Does that change your enjoyment of the ditty? The track’s streaming at loud.com, but to hear it, you need to register, etc. You can also head over to a supposed loud.com MP3 download, but all that’ll get you is “this is a loud.com exclusive” with a few seconds of guitar weeping in the background. So, hey, let’s make it easy for everyone and click on over to ohword.com. Oh, word.