Well, how about that? Swedish electro pop group Icona Pop request permission to use a Tupac sample by writing a letter to his mother, Afeni Shakur.
We’ve heard plenty of uncleared sample stories of late, some warranted, some involving Sony ahem but this is refreshing to hear. Icona Pop are a Swedish electro pop group comprised of duo Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt (left and right in the photo above) who rose to fame with their track I Love It (you’ll have heard it on the Samsung Galaxy S4 advert – in the UK at least). The group wanted to use part of Tupac’s “Me And My Girlfriend” for their single Girlfriend, but rather than just take it like some artists do, they went straight to the source… well sort of. In an interview (via Starpulse.com), Aino explained how they wrote a letter to Afeni Shakur, Tupac’s mother, requesting to sample his track. Fortunately, she liked it and gave them the green light. See? It pays to ask and even better if the recipient approves of the usage.
If electro-pop is your thing, stream their hit single I Love It below.
(Image courtesy of mxdwn.com)