Over the past couple of days I’ve been trying to identify the song featured in this commercial:
I first saw it during an NBA bubble game and I’ve seen it several times since. I thought the beat was dope, so I tried to learn more, except I haven’t had any luck figuring out what it’s called or who the artist is. It’s got to be a super underground track because there’s no trace of it on the Internet. Usually, identifying a song is just a matter of typing the lyrics into Google. Not this time: the only result is this Betty Who song, which obviously isn’t it:
Shazam doesn’t help either. Maybe it’s because of the other noise in the commercial (the fridge door opening, the beer being cracked), but the normally trustworthy app can’t locate it.
The one lead I’ve got is that I was able to identify the sample. I knew I had heard it before, and after listening to it about a dozen times it clicked: People Under the Stairs had used it in a beat. I had a vague memory of it on Fun DMC, and I only had to flip through a few tracks until I came across “Step Bacc”:
A few clicks later I was on Whosampled, which is my go-to for sample sourcing, but surprisingly the sample for “Step Bacc” isn’t listed there. Luckily, after a bit of Google-fu, I stumbled across this amazing French website, which I think I’ve used in the distant past when places like Whosampled (or before that, The-Breaks.com) didn’t come through. Anyways, it turns out that the sample comes from Pamoja’s “Oooh, Baby”:
But that’s it. The trail goes cold after that. Reverse searching on Whosampled for “Oooh, Baby” doesn’t turn up anything, and there’s nothing coming up on Google.
The track’s anonymity is both infuriating and intriguing. My initial mild curiosity has been replaced by complete investment in tracking it down. The hunt is on. If anyone knows more, let us know in the comments!