Drake once rapped that "every song sounds like Drake featuring Drake," but on "Draft Day," released yesterday, it sounded more like Drake featuring Lauryn Hill. Boi-1da sampled her 1998 hit "Doo Wop (That Thing)" for this beat, chopping up her vocals to form a patchwork loop that cycles over the drums.
For Flatbush Zombies' recent song "Don't Do Drugs Kids," producer Erick Arc Elliott pulled from the soundtrack to 1973 French film "La Planète Sauvage." Though it seems like an obscure place to get samples, it's actually been sampled by everyone from Madlib to Big Pun. This time around, it's the track "Le Bracelet" by composer Alain Goraguer that is sampled.
Recently, Fergenstein's been dropping freestyles over hot radio tracks like "OG Bobby Johnson" and "Danny Glover," but this week, he switched things up a bit and went with a lesser-known track. Trinidad and Tobago soca artist Bunji Garlin's “Carnival Tabanca” provides the backdrop for "Petit Valley."
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 Drake, Flatbush Zombies and A$AP Ferg 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.