The Roy Ayers / Kim Kardashian Connection

Wait, hear me out. I will seamlessly link two people on completely opposite spectrums of the entertainment world, and it will make perfect sense.

We all know Kim Kardashian. Even if we don't want to. If our computers homepage is linked to a major news outlet, or if we are even lightly involved in social media, we know who Kim K. is, and her family. We also know that through the TMZ media machine that Kim and Kanye West are romantically involved, and expecting a child.

Here is where the connection begins.

Kanye West has had one of the most interesting careers as a Hip Hop personality. Starting from the origins of obscurity, to recording his own albums, to being plastered on front page tabloids, his career has been anywhere from astonishing to over saturated, and I and glad to say that I have been along for the entire ride. I assume that you could link Kim Kardashian with any of the people that Kanye sampled, and make that a shorter degree of separation, but let us just have a little bit of fun with this. In 2007, Kanye recorded one if his most popular songs entitled Stronger. Although this song was a huge leap for Kanye and his then primarily Hip Hop roots, this was primary sound for other forms of music, more specifically, the music of the ultra popular French house duo Daft Punk. We can draw many blaring similarities, including titles, to Kanye's song Stronger, and Daft Punk's song entitled Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger, which was recorded in 2001. In many ways, Kanye simply brought Daft Punk's song to new audiences.

Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger


Kanye West – Stronger

While many Daft Punk fans would roll their eyes and sigh every time Kanye's version of Stronger would be acknowledged, here is the linkage that seems to not be mentioned as much as it should. The melody, arrangement, drum sounds, and much more was sampled from Edwin Birdsong's song entitled Coca Cola Bottle Baby which was featured on his 1979 self titled album.

So, I assume the eye rolling and sighing subsides when that bit of information is discovered.

Edwin Birdsong – Cola Bottle Baby

Who is Edwin Birdsong, you ask? Edwin Birdsong is a keyboardist that played with Roy Ayers through many years, and was instrumental to Roy's fusion/disco sound, which was strongly developing in the late 70's and early 80's. Birdsong was credited on many of Roy Ayers' Ubiquity albums, and also released a few albums under the Polydor label, as well as many 12″ singles that continue to move dance floors, and are repeatedly sampled by Hip Hop and House producers.

There you have it. Kim Kardashian to Roy Ayers. This proves that 6 degrees of separation works for everyone, and everything.

Edwin Birdsong

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2 Comments

  1. forget all that! what about the “in the mood” joint ye did for talib kweli, in the mood, FEATURING roy ayers??!?!?

    • Yes, that is another connection as well. The main point of the article was to highlight Edwin Birdsong. Thanks for your mention, as well!

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