May 6, 2022 Musicology No Comments

Making time for a hot take on a Friday, because news popped today that the jazz gospel a cappella group Take 6 has evidently (I’m not certain) filed an infringement suit because the Grammy-nominated H.E.R. (featuring Bryson Tiller) track “Could’ve Been” sure sounds like it relies heavily on a sample from Take 6’s “Come Unto Me.” Take a listen.

This is H.E.R. “Could’ve Been” ft. Bryson Tiller.

And this is the Take 6 track, Come Unto Me.

Those guys are good, right? To find the part of the song that we’re focused on, click ahead to 0:52 in “Come Unto Me.” Right after they sing, “It’s easy” they move into some “ooohs.” And that sounds like,

This.

But “Come Unto Me” is a little faster tempo than “Could’ve Been,” and it’s in a different key. So to get more apples to apples we can pitch shift and time stretch those four measures of ooohs, and then loop it once. We get this.

And I was lazy about it. I might’ve drawn in some volume faders to get more dramatic swells like “Could’ve Been” has. But even those little woo-woo things at the very end of the phrase are in the Take 6 track.

And here’s “Could’ve Been” one more time.

They sure sound a ton the same, no? There’s your hot take on a Friday. Have a good weekend.

Written by Brian McBrearty