Karla Redding-Andrews, the daughter of the late Otis Redding, spoke with Billboard magazine about Kanye West and Jay-Z’s song “Otis”. She serves as the project director for the Big “O” Youth Educational Dream Foundation and is preparing to celebrate her father’s 70th Birthday this September.
While there has been growing debate about the over-the-top displays of wealth in the song, Redding-Andrews thinks it’s appropriate. Her father was only 26 years old when he died in a plane crash in 1967.
She gave her thoughts to Billboard on the song being sampled and why she allowed it to be cleared.
What factors influence your decision to allow one of your father’s songs to be used?
It always amounts to respect to Otis. That’s what my mother has always put on the table, first and foremost. It always depends on how it’s used and what the artist has going on at the time. All of that goes into play.
Did you ever meet with Jay-Z or West during the process?
No, we never met with them. It all went through the record companies. That’s the nature of the business and it’s probably better that way. [If we met with them], we would probably bring more personal considerations into it. But this is a wonderful opportunity. We really like the song and the swagger elements that are in the song. It speaks to the star that Otis was in his day.