Raekwon's latest, "The Living Room," finds the Wu veteran spitting over two different soul-sampling beats, neither of whose samples we could identify. The track's end bears a less obscure sample, though -- Dionne Warwick's "Walk On By." Take a listen below.
Samples Of The Week: April 17
Slim Thug assembled Paul Wall and Z-Ro for a massive H-town posse cut on "Pokin' Out" last week, and the Baby Bash-penned track is somewhat indebted to the '80s. Sampling and interpolating the chorus of new waver Joe Jackson's "Steppin' Out," Thugga created quite a catchy hook.
Lil B's contemplative new track "Good Day" fittingly includes a sample of "Changes," one of the the most contemplative 2pac songs. Lil B's anti-suicide message is bolstered by Pac's question, "Is life worth livin' or should I blast myself?", leading to a very uplifting, but characteristically weird track.
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 Raekwon, Slim Thug and Lil B 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.