With his new album Blacc Hollywood dropping yesterday, Wiz Khalifa's saturated the internet with new tunes, one of which is a track called "So High" (yeah, I guess he was so high he gave another track that name). Unlike the 2008 track, which sampled an old soul record, the 2014 version finds Wiz doing his thing over a pretty unadulterated sample of a 2013 track by R&B singer Ghost Loft named (unsurprisingly) "So High." Despite the instrumental's somewhat generic quality in the post-Weeknd age of Macbook R&B artists, Wiz improves on the track, making it an album highlight.
The most recent of Jeremih's two releases in the past month is N.O.M.A., a mixtape that sees him forsaking the left-field sounds of the Sholohmo-produced No More in favor of more typical R&B sounds. One of the tracks, "Wake Up," has a classic backdrop to boot. Jeremih sings sweetly over Aaliyah's "4 Page Letter," creating a stirring tribute to the deceased teen sensation.
Following the news of Def Jam dropping him, Trinidad James shared a track called "Doin Me," which explained his now-independent position a little further. The track was driven by a lilting piano line that sounded familiar, and after a little research, I found that it's also used on Lil Bibby's Free Crack track "Stressin'." It's probably a sample from something else, but I don't know. Any clues?
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 Wiz Khalifa, Jeremih and Trinidad James 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.