Category Archives: Hip Hop Samples

Hip Hop Samples: Find A Way

My dear friend Whiskers came through yet again with a GREAT find. In a way, I almost expected it though, since we’re talking about Dilla here (he produced Tribe’s Find a Way). This is one of the more unique samples I’ve … Continue reading

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The Amen Break

The Funky Drummer is up there, but the Amen Break easily takes the cake for the most ubiquitous beat in hip hop. I came across a lengthy YouTube clip, “The World’s Most Important 6 Second Drum Beat”, which gives a … Continue reading

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Hip Hop Samples: I Wonder

Kanye sampled like crazy on Graduation. To name a few… P.Y.T. by Michael Jackson in Good Life (slowed down) Kid Charlemagne by Steely Dan in Champion Someone Saved My Life Tonight by Elton John in Good Morning Long Red by Mountain in … Continue reading

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Hip Hop Samples: Bonita Applebum

My home girl Shelley F. Baby pointed me out to the jam Daylight by RAMP. It’s a treasure, to say the least, sampled in Tribe’s Bonita Applebum, which in turn was sampled in The Fugees’ Killing Me Softly. Out of … Continue reading

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Hip Hop Samples: Still Not A Player

To this day, Still Not A Player by Big Pun is one of my favorite rap songs of all time (along with Hey Ma, naturally). Pun basically chopped up the first several seconds of the intro to A Little Bit … Continue reading

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Hip Hop Samples: Check the Rhime

The beat behind the verses in Check the Rhime by A Tribe Called Quest is a sample from a Minnie Riperton tune, Baby This Love I Have. They snatched the first few seconds, so you’ll hear something familiar right when … Continue reading

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Madlib: Shades of Blue

Somehow, Madlib (DJ, rapper, producer, musician out of L.A.) was able to get the go-ahead from Blue Note (arguably the most famous jazz label of all time) to comb through their extensive catalogue, pick out any samples he liked, and … Continue reading

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