I could not believe this when I first heard it. To create the instrumental for “The Light” (off Common’s record “Like Water for Chocolate”), Dilla snatched a pretty sizeable sample from Bobby Caldwell’s “Open Your Eyes”, pitched it up a bit, and looped it. The reason I’m so nuts over this sample is that “The Light” is one of my favorite hip hop songs ever, so please, I beg of you, listen to it below if you haven’t already! Actually, to date, Common’s highest ranked single on the Billboard Top 100 is “The Light”, which climbed to #44. Thank you, Common Wikipedia entry.
“The Light” by Common
“Open Your Eyes” by Bobby Caldwell