Last week we got "Lava Glaciers," a new, Childish Gambino-assisted leak from RiFF RAFF's upcoming album NEON iCON. Produced by the always-trippy Harry Fraud, the track makes great use of of the 1971 song "It's All In The Mind" by the English prog-rock band Nektar. Gambino and Jody Highroller go in over a sample of the song's vocals and delicately spiraling guitar lines, showing that they are the proper choices to carry on the legacy of '70s psychedelia while at the same time giving it an update.
50 Cent's new album Animal Ambition, doesn't venture too far outside of the box in terms of musical creativity, but one of its songs, "Everytime I Come Around," has an instrumental with an interesting backstory. To find the strangely buzzing, one note organ loop that plays throughout the track, producer Steve Alien dug deep into the crates of Italian music, and came out discovering the 1973 song "Io E Te Per Altri Giorni" (You and I for other days) by the band Pooh. The sample found in "Everytime I Come Around" appears at 00:18, with its brief length showing Alien's impeccable ear for sample-able sounds.
Tyga came through with a straight banger last week with "Real Deal," a burst of slinky Cali hip-hop that garnered him some Eminem comparisons (at least in terms of his flow). The track opens with a sample of dialog from the Ice Cube-directed 1998 film The Players Club, with a woman exclaiming "Alright girls, get up, you know that means, there's money upstairs! Come on! Let's go, let's get it, big money!", which appears at 7:24 in the video below.
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 RiFF RAFF, 50 Cent and Tyga 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.