Nicki Minaj's "Chi-Raq" borrows its chorus from Lil Herb and Lil Bibby's "Kill Shit," so good move on her part for getting Herbo himself to hop on the track and bless it with a verse. In a recent interview about the song's origins, Herb said: "It was my flow she was using, from 'Kill Shit,' so she thought it was best for me to get on the track."
"Sweet November," from SZA's newly-released Z EP, is the only track that deviates from the rest of project's very modern-sounding production. That's because its instrumental is a straight rip of a Marvin Gaye song called "Mandota," with its groovy electric guitars and live drum beat left intact for SZA's use. Whereas other musicians like Robin Thicke have squabbled with Gaye's estate on matters of copyright infringement, SZA seems to have had such obstacles with her use of "Mandota."
Fat Joe dropped the Rick Ross and French Montana-assisted "Another Day" on Monday, and if its chorus sounded familiar to you, that's because it's a sample (or more accurately, a reinterpretation) of Queen Latifah's "Just Another Day." Tiara Thomas shines among all of the star power, singing the chorus with a bit more confidence than Latifah.
A breakdown of the week's hottest tracks by their samples.
When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh honey".
This week, see who Nicki Minaj, SZA and Fat Joe chose to sample in their recent releases, all of which you can find on HNHH. Check back every Thursday for more record breaks from your favorite artists.