On Monday, Cyhi the Prynce dropped Hystori: Black History Project, a mixtape with a generally retro feel about it, thanks in part to some choice samples. On "Guitar Melody," producer TEC BEATZ borrowed some a cappella vocals from The Persuasions' 1978 track "Gypsy Woman," which was also sampled on Wu-Tang Clan's "Campire."
Bonus sample: "Guitar Melody" also contains a very brief sample of a drum fill from OutKast's "Synthesizer" around the 2:39 mark.
Blue Sky Black Death, a production duo hailing from Seattle, put out a fantastically screwed up remix of Frank Ocean's "Pyramids" last week. Befitting its Houston-style vibe, the remix contains a sample of UGK's 1999 song "Wood Wheel" towards the end. Also recently releasing a dope Run The Jewels remix, BSBD are producers to watch out for in the future.
For this last one, HNHH had to do a bit of digging. "Save Me," a new Lex Luger-produced Chief Keef track, surfaced last week with an instrumental that seemed surely to contain a Katy Perry sample, though it was unclear which of her songs Luger used. So we took to Twitter to ask him, and he responded, revealing that Perry's "Legendary Lovers" provided the backbone for "Save Me." It's certainly a strange choice for Luger, but regardless of how you feel about Keef's so-called rapping on the track, you have to admit that the beat slays.
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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