Category Archives: Samples

He Got Game

I watched “He Got Game” for the first time a few nights ago, and this track by Public Enemy was the theme song. That movie is so good! Ray Allen, 22 and playing for the Bucks at the time, plays … Continue reading

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DJ Shadow on Digging

This clip is from the film “Scratch”, and really shows just how deeply and extensively great DJs (such as Shadow) search for fresh samples. I love what he says about how popularity is transient, and how the vast majority of … Continue reading

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Hip Hop Samples: California Love

So I was going to hold off and slowly put out “Hip Hop Samples” posts like once a week, but this one is just TOO GOOD! It turns out that the beat and hook for “California Love” (by Tupac) were … Continue reading

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Hip Hop Samples: Just A Friend

It turns out that the beat we all know and love for “Just a Friend” by Biz Markie is actually a sample! A sample of Freddie Scott’s “You Got What I Need” to be more specific. This post requires no … Continue reading

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Hip Hop Samples: Mo Money Mo Problems

I just found out that the sample for “Mo Money Mo Problems” by Biggie (featuring Puff Daddy and MA$E) came from a Diana Ross song. I cannot believe it took me so long to find this! Anyway, for those of … Continue reading

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What If Dilla Produced the Blueprint?

Ben “Hausen” Peskoe just showed me this mash-up album, and it’s dope. An MC named Jimmy Green produced the thing, mashing up Jay-Z’s vocal tracks from the Blueprint (J’s sixth album) with various Dilla tracks (many off of Donuts). It’s … Continue reading

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New Rap, Old Funk

I love the funk music that came out of Motown in the 60s and 70s. Everything about it–the way it was recorded, the instrumentation, and most importantly, the musicians who played it–seems so relaxed and at ease. As it turns … Continue reading

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More Dilla: So Far to Go (Feat. Common and D’Angelo)

I recently found out that the sample from “So Far To Go” by Dilla featuring Common and D’Angelo is from the Isley Brothers song “Don’t Say Goodnight (It’s Time For Love)”. You’ll recognize where he gets the sample around 0:39 … Continue reading

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Aphex Twin and Andy Samberg

Aphex Twin has been around for a long time, and has basically tried his hand at every type of electronic music around. He released his most popular track, “Windowlicker”, in 1999, went quiet for a while, and after several years, … Continue reading

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Gym Class No-Nos

Stealing a Supertramp song called “Breakfast in America” and turning it into “Cupid’s Chokehold” is a no-no, Gym Class Heroes. It’s like when Vanilla Ice stole the beat from “Under Pressure” and then re-named it “Ice Ice Baby”. In fact, … Continue reading

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