Sometimes, rappers are so enterprising that they reference samples in their lyrics. At one point on Action Bronson's 40-produced banger "Actin Crazy," the Queens MC says "Adriatic Summer on the samples" to inform us that the track samples Gramatik's instrumental "Adriatic Summer Nights." Pretty slick, Bronsalino.
Samples Of The Week: January 15
We already highlighted a dope sample from Nipsey Hussle's Mailbox Money project in last week's edition, but today we're taking it back there to tackle another. His song "Status Symbol" contains a pretty extended sample of Rhythm's 1976 track "The World Is A Place." See for yourself below.
Even now that hip-hop has been around for multiple generations, rappers still aren't sampled in other genres of music all that much. An exception (kind of), is Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' number one single, "Uptown Funk," which includes Trinidad James in its writing credits. The line "Don't believe me, just watch" is sung several times, and credited as an "element" of James' "All Gold Everything." Hopefully, James is getting paid for this.
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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".
This week, see who Action Bronson and Nipsey Hussle sampled on their recent tracks, both of which can be found on HNHH. Trinidad James was also involved in a sampling-related story this week so we've included him at the tail end too.