Based on testimony from Mike himself, it's a combination of 1) a sample that wouldn't clear and 2) the song just isn't that good. As to the rest of your post: No way to tell. This is most probably a rhetorical question on your part but your guess is as good as ours. Hi. Welcome to the world. Glad you got out from under that rock. Record companies are VERY stingy about samples. See: The Grey Album, any mash-up known to man, Vanilla Ice's Ice Ice Baby, Paul's Boutique, Bittersweet Symphony. Why is this weird? The band doesn't talk about said track, so we don't know anything about it.