With his recent track "Seen It All," Jeezy won big on two accounts, the first being securing a guest verse from Jay Z. The second was nabbing an amazing beat from Cardo, especially since he originally planned to give it to Big Sean and Travi$ Scott. His instrumental features one of the illest samples we've heard all year, which comes from a very obscure Japanese artist named Toshima Tazumi. The song sampled on "Seen It All" is the singer's 1981 track "Twilight Puzzled."
Yesterday, Future finally unveiled his unreleased collaboration with Nicki Minaj, "Rockstar." The song was originally slated to be included on Honest, but was left off because its sample wasn't cleared. Future's fellow hair icon George Michael apparently didn't approve of his '80s hit "Careless Whisper" being flipped for the track, so the ATL crooner had to drop it off as an unofficial loosie. You can hear the cheesy saxophone line from Michael's song chopped up throughout the beat, though it's altered to sound more like an electric guitar.
Earlier this week, Wale dropped "The Followers," a lyrical onslaught that had his fans wondering whether it'd be included on his upcoming LP, The Album About Nothing. Some quick research on the dialog sample from the new track provides some hope on that front, as the audio clip is lifted from an episode of Seinfeld, the TV show that inspired the prequel to Wale's new project, 2008's Mixtape About Nothing. As dialog from the show was sampled frequently on that tape, it seems as if "The Followers" has a pretty good chance of popping up on Wale's next Seinfeld-themed release.
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 Jeezy, Future and Wale 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.