Originally meant to live on Trouble Man, T.I.’s Kendrick Lamar and B.o.B assisted single “Memories Back Then” never saw the (retail) light of day because of sample-clearance issues revolving around Gotye’s smash-hit “Somebody I Used To Know”. Not one to let such a dope track be wasted, Tip had the track remixed and plans to officially release it sometime in the near future. While shooting the video in California, Tip gave MTV some background on the song and shares his thoughts on the updated version.
We just remixed it and did our own thing to it. Took the sample out so we wouldn’t have any trouble in our due diligence. I didn’t want to waste the opportunity because it was such great performances and such a meaningful message from myself, from Bob and from Kendrick.
I think the record is just as hot, if not hotter without the sample. No disrespect to the people whose record we sampled. If we could’ve done it that way we would’ve loved to, but we didn’t wanna step on no toes. I think it’s gonna be one of the year’s best collaboration records.