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I Cry By Flo Rida- A song that Samples From A Sample

Flo Rida
Flo Rida

If you listen to top 40 radio or have been in any public place that plays music you probably have heard the insanely catchy hit single I Cry by Flo Rida otherwise known as Tramar Dillard. The song’s chorus instantly sticks to your brain and will most likely have you singing portions of it the rest of the day. It led me to wonder where this catchy part came from. I knew from experience that it was unlikely that it was an original piece. As it turns out the song is based on what Wikipedia calls “a prominent Dutch Dance and Electro House DJ and production duo” called the Bingo Players’ 2011 single Cry (Just A Little), which they happened to have sampled the catchy chorus from a 1988 song by Brenda Russell called Piano In The Dark. Flo Rida is no stranger of sampling from a sample. He did the same thing in his 2011 hit Good FeelingApparently, just like we keep finding different things to talk over for the podcast, Flo Rida finds that he has an endless amount of hit dance songs he can rap over. It’s a creatively questionable formula that seems to work incredibly well for the Florida rapper. Below you will find links to the songs in question and our podcast review of the Flo Rida version:

The Original Brenda Russell Song Piano In The Dark

Bingo Players Cry (Just A Little)

                                                                                Flo Rida- I Cry