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This part of The Isley Brothers’ “That Lady” was sampled by Rahki on “i” on Kendrick’s “To Pimp A Butterfly.”

Kendrick Lamar is one of the most influential and iconic hip-hop artists of his generation.  Many view him as a disciple of 2pac’s, given the late artist's influence heard in Kendrick's music.

Rahki is a Grammy-award winning producer from born in Los Angeles and raised in Minneapolis. He is particularly known for his work with Kendrick, but has also worked with Eminem and 50 Cent, among many others.

Kendrick said he decided to use a live version of “i” on this album because he draws heavy inspiration from film, and considers his songs as if they were scenes in movies.

“That Lady” is the opening track on The Isley Brothers’ 1973 release “3 + 3.”

The song was originally performed by the group in 1964, called “Who’s That Lady?,” the original version inspired by The Impressions.

The Isley Brothers was one of the most popular groups in pop music in the early-1950’s, playing early R&B and funk. The group is from Cincinnati, and originally consisted of brothers lead singer Ronald, Rudolph, O’Kelly, and Vernon, among other brothers.

Kendrick said he personally dug through crates to find this sample, and thought “That Lady” was a record people forgot about, inspiring him to bring it back to life.

Kendrick said he flew to St. Louis to get permission from Ronald Isley himself.

In 1973, Atlanta elected their first Black Mayor, also the first in a major Southern city.

On August 11, 1973, DJ Kool Herc hosted a Back To School Jam Party at 1520 Sedgwick Ave where he played only the drum breaks of jazz/soul songs. This is officially known as the moment when hip-hop was birthed.