Just before dropping his album Blacc Hollywood on Tuesday, Wiz Khalifa shared a loosie entitled "Everything, Everything" that paired him and his TGOD crew with members of HBK Gang for a dope posse cut. The Cali chillness of the track was enhanced by a well-placed sample of Ice Cube's "It Was A Good Day," slowed down for premium blunted character.
Jeezy continued the rollout for his upcoming album, Seen It All, last week with "Beautiful," which had him linking up with Rick Ross and Game. Black Metaphor, the song's producer used a tried-and-true, but no less effective sample on the track, chopping up a song by Samples Of The Week favorites Cortex, a French band whose discography has been a goldmine for hip-hop producers. "Chanson D'un Jour D'hiver," the track sampled on "Beautiful," has been previously deployed by Curren$y, Mellowhype, Logic, Fat Joe, King Louie and Smoke DZA, but it seems to never lose its beauty and elegance.
Without a doubt, one of the most powerful tracks of the year is J. Cole's response to Michael Brown's shooting, the mournful "Be Free." The already-hard-hitting track gets even more emotional when Cole splices in audio from Brown's friend, Dorian Johnson, who witnessed the murder. Hearing his youthful voice shaking when describing the incident helps to put this into perspective (Brown was only 18), and make everyone in America aware of the militarization of our police forces.
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, Jeezy and J. Cole 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.