What do you get when you mix a Roy Ayers produced song performed by RAMP, thee greatest Hip Hop producer of all time, along with two of the best emcees, and one of the most influential contemporary soul singer, AND pop culture’s long term purveyor of cool, all combining to do a remix for an already classic Hip Hop love ballad? You get what can arguably be called the greatest collaborative remix ever recorded. The remix for Common’s Hip Hop love ballad Come Close featured a line-up for the ages; Common, Q-Tip, Pharrell, and Erykah Badu, while the track was produced by the late great J Dilla.
Since this song uses a sample from Daylight by RAMP, which is the same that A Tribe Called Quest used for their landmark love song Bonita Applebaum, the remix for Come Close can be considered a sequel to the age old Tribe Called Quest classic.
It was not uncommon for Dilla to use samples that Q-Tip had used, mainly because Q-Tip was considered Dilla’s mentor in terms of collaborative efforts and musical influence. The way Dilla revisited the sample, and the way he recreated the instrumental by adding his personal touch, it was a perfect match for all vocalists involved. It was verbalized from Q-Tip in the later years of Tribe Called Quest that Dilla’s birth as a producer was a “passing of the torch”, and Dilla went on to have a magnificent career until his untimely death in 2006.
It should be noted that famed Neptunes producer Pharrell has a verse on this track, because he usually doesn’t make appearances on songs he doesn’t produce. Pharrell has always been verbal in anointing Dilla as the greatest producers, and he was credited with producing original version. Add the great Erykah Badu‘s vocals, and a noteworthy verse by Q-Tip, and you have what could be called the greatest Hip Hop ballad ever recorded.