Posted by , May 26, 2015 at 03:17pm
We take a look at Miles Davis' infiltration of hip-hop.

On May 26, 1926, Miles Davis was born in small-town Illinois. He would go on to change the course of music with a nearly 50-year career centered in jazz.

Although jazz is what has become synonymous with Miles' name, his influence didn't stop there. Blues, funk, psychedelia, and rock were later added into his repertoire and helped to birth the jazz fusion movement. Miles Davis passed away in 1991, right as hip-hop was really starting to take on its own identity.

Rooted in samples from the prior generation, hip-hop beat-makers weren't shy about sampling Miles Davis' music. You can hear his sounds peppered in tracks by Notorious B.I.G., Outkast, Mobb Deep, Madvillain, Diddy, Queen Latifah, Fat Joe, and many many more. To commemorate this legend's birthday, we're going to dive into some of these samples.

Happy Birthday Miles: 10 Miles Davis Samples In Hip-Hop

We take a look at Miles Davis' infiltration of hip-hop.


On May 26, 1926, Miles Davis was born in small-town Illinois. He would go on to change the course of music with a nearly 50-year career centered in jazz.

Although jazz is what has become synonymous with Miles' name, his influence didn't stop there. Blues, funk, psychedelia, and rock were later added into his repertoire and helped to birth the jazz fusion movement. Miles Davis passed away in 1991, right as hip-hop was really starting to take on its own identity.

Rooted in samples from the prior generation, hip-hop beat-makers weren't shy about sampling Miles Davis' music. You can hear his sounds peppered in tracks by Notorious B.I.G., Outkast, Mobb Deep, Madvillain, Diddy, Queen Latifah, Fat Joe, and many many more. To commemorate this legend's birthday, we're going to dive into some of these samples.

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