Busta Rhymes and Emnem unveiled their big collaborative record this week, "Calm Down," which prominently featured a very recognizable and slightly unexpected sample. The opening horns are lifted from House Of Pain's "Jump Around," which were in turn lifted from Bob & Earl's 1963 song "Harlem Shuffle."
Common gave us his double entendre-ing song "Speak My Piece" last week, and sampled by No I.D. on the track was a Biggie classic. You can hear Notorious' line "So I just speak my piece, keep my peace" from "Hypnotize" filter in and out of the mix throughout the track.
The most surprising thing about Game's recent song "Or Nah" is definitely that it's not in any way related to TY Dolla $ign and Wiz khalifa's track of the same name, but it also has sample with a pretty interesting history. Too Short's "Don't Fight The Feeling" is chopped up for the beat, as it was on Problem's "Get Naked." As both of those artist are "featured" on "Or Nah," it's unclear whether Game sampled them or got them to contribute new vocals.
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 Busta Rhymes, Common and Game 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.