Kid Ink recently paid Funkmaster Flex a visit to record the "Work's Never Over" freestyle with Raekwon. Befitting the Wu-Tang veteran's old-school NYC roots, the pair rapped over an updated version of Mobb Deep's "Shook Ones Pt. II," one of the undisputed classics of East Coast '90s hip-hop.
This week, a mysterious track called "Computerized," said to be a previously-unreleased collaboration between Jay Z and Daft Punk, sent the internet into a tizzy trying to figure out its origin. Though Jay's verse had never been heard before, the song's instrumental is a slightly-altered vernon of of Daft Punk's "The Son of Flynn" from their soundtrack to the 2011 film "Tron: Legacy." Many have speculated that "Computerized" is an outtake from the Blueprint 3 sessions, but there's been no official word yet on where exactly it came from.
In a first for "Samples Of The Week," two hip-hop artists sampled the same song in the same week. Both Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky released updated versions of Australian psychedelic rock band Tame Impala's "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards," from the 2012 album Lonerism. Whereas Lamar recorded verses for a new track called "Backwards" from the upcoming film "Divergent," Rocky gave Kevin Parker and Co.'s song the Houston treatment, releasing a screwed-up vernon entitled "Unicorn." Hear both new tracks, as well as the original, 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."
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