Ab-Soul continued to roll out These Days... last week with the release of "Hunnid Stax," a collabo with Schoolboy Q. Beginning with a low-pitched voice saying "money is the anthem," the track contains a subtle sample of pop singer Lana Del Rey's song/elaborate music video "National Anthem," which just so happened to star Q's old pal A$AP Rocky as JFK. Lana's sampled line, in its original form, appears around 2:11.
Samples Of The Week: June 19
Last week, production team Cookin' Soul came through with "Block Party," a chilled-out slice of summertime, helmed by Cali's YG and Blanco. Ever the old school aficionados, CS sampled not one but two classic records on the song. The first is Side Effect's 1977 jam "Private World," which gives "Block Party" its backbone, and the second is 2Pac's "Old School," specifically the line "block parties in the projects," which acts as the hook.
Apart from his latest, big-ticket guest spots, most of Lil Boosie's post-prison output has made it sound like not a day has passed since he was locked up in 2009. Perfectly indicative of this is his latest, "She Want Some," and that's not just due to it sounding like classic New Orleans bounce music.
The fact is, although it contains no samples, "She Want Some" is basically a remake of a song by Cash Money OGs U.N.L.V. (not to be confused with The University of Nevada Las Vegas, this acronym stands for "Uptown Niggas Living Violent"). The group's 1996 track "Drag 'Em Through the River," which was a diss record aimed at Mystikal, is interpolated in the instrumental and chorus of "She Want Some," as Boosie shows love to his forebears. Shouts out to Reddit user Dimethyltrip_to_mars for the impeccable knowledge he dropped on this subject.
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".