Game unveiled the lead single from his upcoming album Blood Money La Familia last week, "Bigger Than Me," and as a result of its less-than-friendly attitude towards up-and-coming rappers, sent a shockwave through the rap blogosphere. But behind the boasts and contentious shots exists a tranquil instrumental that samples indie pop act Poliça's 2013 song "Warrior Lord." This use of an unorthodox sample source, though awesome, does raise questions about some of Game's lines in the song.
Going after rappers for being "fake ass Kanyes," Game doesn't seem to realize that he's sampling an artist whose success is largely due to a co-sign from Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, an artist Kanye with whom has collaborated many times. By sampling an artist who is like Bon Iver, but isn't as acclaimed, Game himself may be pulling a "fake ass Kanye" move on "Bigger Than Me." There's also the line in the outro, "The industry soft, I should let Miguel sing on this motherfucker," which ignores the fact that, in the hip-hop world, a female indie pop singer is most likely deemed "softer" than someone who's collaborated with Nas, Fat Joe and J. Cole.
To celebrate the iTunes release of his mixtape Cocaine Riot 4, Chinx liberated a Harry Fraud-produced gem that also features French Montana. "The Silence" samples one song and interpolates another, with the former being Rubber Rodeo's 1984 track "Before I Go Away" and the latter being Terror Squad's "Whatcha Gon Do?", whose hook is altered by French on "The Silence." With his mastery of crate-digging, Harry Fraud is becoming a regular on Samples Of The Week, always managing to make the most random, obscure shit sound doper than dope.
Last week, Mac Miller shared the original version of Watching Movies With The Sound Off's "The Star Room," produced by homie and frequent collaborator Earl Sweatshirt. Though we're not sure of the exact recording he sampled, Earl used a nursery rhyme that's usually just referred to as "The Cuckoo Song" for a choice vocal sample. Most likely, either Mac or Earl heard the song in Wes Anderson's 2012 film Moonrise Kingdom, as it was featured prominently. Either that, or Earl's got the plug for rare children's LPs in Los Angeles.
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 Game, Chinx and Mac Miller 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.