Lil Wayne's "6 Foot 7 Foot"
Harry Belafonte's "Banana Boat Song (Day Oh)"
This Bangladesh-produced banger nabbed its vocal sample from a version of a traditional Jamaican folk song sung by Harry Belafonte in 1956. Originally a work song about loading bananas onto a boat, "Banana Boat Song" gets pared down to the line "6 foot, 7 foot, 8 foot bunch" for the Weezy track.
"I Don't Like the Look of it (Oompa)" by Da BackWudz
"Oompa Loompa, Doompa-Dee-Doo" from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Da BackWudz' 2006 single, undeniable in its catchiness, has a 1971 children's film to thank for its goofy, repetitive sample. Taken from the famous and rather creepy Oompa Loompas from Willy Wonka's mythical candy factory, the vocal samples work surprisingly well in the context of ATL hip-hop, thanks to producer Caz Clay.
The Fugees' "Ready Or Not"
If Irish new age music doesn't immediately seem like a go-to source for ominous bass tones, then Fugees producer Jerry Duplessis showed us just how effective an Enya sample could be on "Ready Or Not." The song, based on "Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide from Love)" by The Delfonics, benefitted from its deep bass, but almost got the Fugees sued over the sample.
The Roots' "Atonement"
Radiohead's "You and Whose Army?"
Although Radiohead's Thom Yorke has previously collaborated with MF DOOM, it still feels weird to hear his voice in the background of a rap song. The Roots made the right call though, as this sample blends into their music rather than coming off like a straight rip like Lupe Fiasco's use of Radiohead's "The National Anthem" in his song of the same name.
Three 6 Mafia's "Put Ya Signs"
Randy Edelman's "MacGyver Theme"
Throughout their career, Three 6 have sampled from many video games, old TV shows and other strange sources. Perhaps the most unexpected of their samples comes from the theme song to the '80s TV show "MacGyver," used on the confrontational track "Put Ya Signs." Only DJ Paul and Juicy J could make something great out of something so cheesy.
Tame One's "Concerto"
"Figure 8" from the TV show Schoolhouse Rock!
The dope piano samples in "Concerto" comes lifted from an episode of an educational children's program in the '70s -- not the most frequently sampled source. Though songs from "Schoolhouse Rock!" have also been sampled by the likes of De La Soul, it's this Tame One song that really removes the sample from its original context and lets it work in a whole new way.
MF DOOM's "Kookies"
"Funky Chimes" from the Sesame Street soundtrack
Speaking of samples from kids' TV shows, how about this track from DOOM's Mm..Food, which begins with a sample from Sesame Street's credit music. DOOM's always one to find weird snippets of music to sample, but this is really something else.
Kenny G's "Summer Time"
Smooth jazz saxophonist Kenny G has often been held aloft as the personification of all that is lame in the world, but somebody clearly thought differently when constructing Tity Boi's Codeine Cowboy mixtape in 2011. On "Pimps," the emphasis is on the G in Kenny's name, as his chill, luxurious sound is co-opted by a trio of Southern players for a slow-riding anthem.
The Dave Matthews Band's "Crash Into Me"
YG's now experiencing some well-deserved praise for My Krazy Life, an album that's rooted in gangster rap. But under three years ago, he was rapping over quite possibly the least gangster sample possible: Pop/Rock radio staple "Crash Into Me." Granted, Iggy Azalea's "You" only uses the song's guitar line, but it's still funny hearing that acoustic guitar replace DJ Mustard's production underneath YG's voice.
Action Bronson & Party Supplies' "Amadu Diablo"
Tracy Chapman's "Give Me One Reason"
Another '90s radio hit flipped into a dope track! Last year's Blue Chips 2 had a bunch of hilarious samples (the "Tequila" song, two Phil Collins jams, and John Mellencamp's "Jack and Diane" all make appearances), but this acoustic rip of the Adult Contemporary classic "Give Me One Reason" might be the funniest. Elaborated upon in a spoof of MTV Unplugged, this Action Bronson song showcases his ability to turn any source material into a product that is wholly Bronsolino at the end.
Not all samples come from old funk and R&B records. Here are some peculiar sampling choices that have been made over the years.
When sampling, producers usually try to find obscure and/or rare source material to draw from, both because they don't want listeners to associate their final product with a song they already know, and because they'd likely to avoid copyright issues. But sometimes, out-of-the-box ideas will come to fruition, and lead producers to sample from well-known, but unexpected places.
These 10 songs don't contain the most obscure samples, but they do pull from sources that may be familiar. Children's television, Kenny G songs, and indie rock are all sampled here, by artists as diverse as MF DOOM and 2 Chainz. Some might give you deja vu, some you may not recognize, but all will make you question what the producer was thinking when he/she flipped each sample into surprisingly awesome results.
Named for possibly the most obnoxious DJ tag in existence, Damn Son, Where'd You Find This will show you that dopeness can be born from things that are perceived to be lame or childish. If you think there are any glaring omissions from this list, shout them out in the comments.