From the Rock & Rap Confidential listserv via music producer Just Blaze.
Wow, just got off the phone with Johnny Pate. (Shaft In Africa/Show Me What U Got) if you guys could have heard this convo.. tearjerker..
He just turned 88.. living on fixed income.. Fedex showed up at his house w a check that paid off his house and car and his fam is now ok..
He thanked me over and over, sounded like he was about to break down. and couldnt understand what would make me sample his music
Explained to him that Shaft In Africa is a b boy anthem to this day.. he was so appreciative and floored.
and kept thanking me for helping his life and his family.. didnt even know what to say.. so awesome! yay for samples =)
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