TDE President Punch shared a dope new track last week, "A Project Mind," which featured Jay Rock and BJ The Chicago Kid. Sampled on the song was C.A. Quintet's "Trip Thru Hell Pt. 1" (the part at 7:18), which Roc Marciano also sampled on both parts of his "Thug's Prayer."
Statik Selektah recently unveiled the latest track from his upcoming album What Goes Around, "Alarm Clock," and it saw Ab-Soul, Logic and Jon Connor spitting over some peppy boom-bap. Beginning with an artist named Francesca singing "Is it real? Is it fake? I woke up, suddenly I just woke up," the track seems to interpolate Diana Ross & The Supremes' "The Happening," which contains those lyrics.
For G-Unit's new, original track "Come Up," Fif and Co. sampled the drum break from Gap Band's "Outstanding," which was once a very popular sample in hip-hop. WhoSampled counts 59 instances of sampling, most of them occurring in the '80s or '90s, which explains why "Come Up" sounds so retro.
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 Punch, Statik Selektah and G-Unit 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.