MOMENTS | Rehash: #TBT Gil Scott Heron’s “Home Is Where The Hatred Is” Reinterpreted by Esther Phillips & Kanye West x Common
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Given all the incredible blend of jazz-rap in Kendrick Lamar’s phenomenal To Pimp A Butterfly, we wanted to take a moment to look back at another great instance of jazz reinterpretation: Gil Scott-Heron’s “Home Is Where The Hatred Is.” American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author Gil Scott-Heron’s spoken word performances in the 1970s and 80s continue to be a major influence behind subsequent generations of hip-hop. “Home Is Where The Hatred Is” was famously covered by Esther Phillips and later sampled by Kanye West and Common for their collaborative song “My Way Home.”
Esther Phillips covered “Home Is Where The Hatred Is” in 1972 and was nominated for an Emmy. Though Phillips lost to Aretha Franklin, Franklin later presented the trophy to Phillips, stating that Phillips had earned it. In 2005, Kanye West and Common’s “My Way Home” not only sampled the title of the poem by Gil Scott-Heron, but also samples the instrumentals from the song.
It’s #TBT, so listen to Esther Phillips’ cover, then see if you can pick out the instrumental sample of “Home Is Where The Hatred Is” in Kanye West and Common’s “My Way Home.”
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