Category Archives: Samples

Daydreamin’

I always knew that the vocal melody for Daydreamin‘ by Lupe was sampled, but until recently, I didn’t know the song. It turns out he drew quite heavily from the song Daydream in Blue by I Monster, which samples the Gunter … Continue reading

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Hip Hop Samples: No Diggity

When creating the beat for “No Diggity” by Blackstreet, Dr. Dre snatched the first few seconds from “Grandma’s Hands” by Bill Withers, sped it up and looped it. It’s really a nice touch–the “mmhmm” seems like it’s being sung by … Continue reading

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Warren G and G Funk

It has been hotly debated who is the founding father of G Funk. Warren G will insist that it was his creation. A lot of people think Dr. Dre (by releasing “The Chronic”) kicked off the G Funk era. G … Continue reading

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Show Em Whatcha Got

I’m not a fan of  Kingdom Come (Jay-Z’s first post-retirement album, now one of many). But I DO like one of the songs on it, “Show Me What You Got”. I now know why: it samples heavily from “Show Em … Continue reading

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Hip Hop Samples: Big Pimpin’

Timbaland never ceases to amaze me. He produced much of  “Vol. 3…Life and Times of S. Carter” , Jay-Z’s fourth record. The last track on Vol. 3 is arguably Jay-Z’s most famous song, “Big Pimpin”. It turns out that Timbaland … Continue reading

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Hip Hop Samples: The Light

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 … Continue reading

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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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