Last week when I watched the classic 1990 flick "Home Alone" as per my holiday tradition, I could've never guessed how it would relate to a new Rae Sremmurd song. When I got back to work and listened to "Illest Walking," I was shocked. In the duo's new song, producer/mentor Mike WiLL Made It samples John Williams' iconic theme from the film. Flipping the slightly ominous bells into a light, twinkling background for Slim Jimmy and Swae Lee's high-pitched squeaking, the savvy producer gave everyone who grew up with Macaulay Culkin a real treat. Seemingly improbable samples like this are why I started writing this column.
Samples Of The Week: December 4
With a history of sampling the likes of Jamie xx, Beach House and Disclosure in the past, Drake and his OVO Sound crew have shown themselves to be quite the fans of music in the indie/electronic sphere. "Girl From Oakland," one of four tracks PARTYNEXTDOOR dropped out of nowhere this week, continues that trend. Sampling the 2012 track "I Walk" from Connecticut-based producer Mister Lies, PND created a savvy flip and gave credit where it was due. I'm really here for all of this OVO/indie crossover.
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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".