For Elijah Blake's latest single, "Sing For Me," he got producers Midi Mafia, Fayo and Chill to flip a dope sample of Cam'ron's "Oh Boy." The original track, from Cam's 2002 album Come Home with Me, was produced by Just Blaze in his Roc-A-Fella prime. It's interesting to hear Rick Ross and Game spit on top of a chipmunk soul sample -- how do you think they compare to Cam and Juelz Santana on the original?
On Mac Miller's new self-produced track "Diablo," he dug through some crates to find a contemplative piano sample from jazz greats Duke Ellington and John Coltrane's collaborative album. He created a simple loop, allowing it to run throughout the track, and letting his "raps bring a joint together like a kneecap." Jazz samples aren't as common in hip-hop as they used to be, but "Diablo" shows that they can still pack a powerful punch if used tastefully.
Ok, Rick Ross' "Oyster Perpetual" is a couple of weeks old, but he flips such an obscure sample on it that it took us a while to track it down. The vocal sample comes from the song "Oh! Lord" by French jazz fusion band Cortex. Ross has sampled the '70s band before, using their song "Prelude A" for his 2012 track "Amsterdam." Check out the "Oyster Perpetual" sample in the YouTube video below; it appears 22 seconds into the song.
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."
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