Oh man, “Poppin Into Pies” is REAL dumb, but I think it’s the funny kind of dumb, right?
So this was the first time I’ve ever worked with sampling a song, and it was a bit of a challenge. I got some inspiration from watching Rhythm Roulette on Youtube - here’s one with Mannie Fresh.
For starters, “Worst Pies in London” is a fucking WEIRD song. There’s no instrumental portions of the song at all. Everytime the vocals stop, there’s a large orchestra hit, then she picks back up singing. So during the chorus of the track, the music you here is the very end where she’s holding out a note with some slight vibrato slowed town and compressed a bit. After that, I tried to find a few small clips to use. The obvious one is “popping pussies into pies” that’s the whole premise of the joke, but I wanted a few other hits. The “pop” was an easy choice, but there’s also this gasp that she does towards the beginning that I thought would add some hits every once in a while.
Because there’s no clean instrumental sample, I had to reinforce the main chord of the sample, so there’s a string that plays the chord during the verses. After that, it’s just some 808s, bass, snare, hi hats, etc. Nothing special.
I’m still relatively new to producing (this is probably my 9th or 10th song producing) and I clearly suck at mixing. So I’ll have to get better at that. Also Alex Wallace still has my microphone (yeah, I called him out!), so I had to use a lav mic to record the vocals while my daughter was sleeping in the other room. I could have spent time making those better, but honestly why would I invest time into improving the vocal quality of a rap about fucking pies?
Overall, it was fun and silly. That’s the whole point of this Create Each Week challenge - be creative, learn stuff, and enjoy myself.