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It was more than 50 years ago when Otis Redding first laid down his soul classic Try A Little Tenderness, but that didn't stop Kanye West from reaching back into the annals of R&B history and pulling out some new school classic samples for Otis. The lead single off Kanye and Jay's Watch the Throne, Otis dared to combine luxury rap with heartfelt soul, crossing boundaries of style and genre with a bravery we don't often see. We can't say for sure, but something tells me that if Otis Redding were still alive even he'd find himself pressing repeat.
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