Soulo dropped a surprise track on us on Friday night, the Curtiss King-produced "Tree Of Life." The song's production is interesting for its choice of samples, with a Joey Bada$$ vocal sample from "World Domination" coming in around 2:50, and most of the track's drums coming from a break in The Soul Searchers' "Ashley's Roachclip," which was famously sampled in Eric B. & Rakim's "Paid In Full."
For his 24th birthday, Machine Gun Kelly decided to celebrate by dropping "Sail," a track that shares its name and most of its instrumental with a song by AWOLNATION. The song, which also has a TDE remix of its own, is accompanied by some trap percussion on the MGK version.
Classic rock band The Eagles aren't necessarily the first place most rappers would think of running to for sample material, but that's exactly what Vado did on his new track "Zoo Muzik." Flipping their song "I Can't Tell You Why" into a smooth instrumental and hook, the posse cut glides by like a slick '70s Cadillac.
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 Ab-Soul, Machine Gun Kelly and Vado 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.