For Jay Electronica's introspective new track, "Better in Tune With The Infinite," the New Orleans emcee sampled from multiple sources. The track's instrumental is largely lifted from a song called "Bibo No Aozora", from the soundtrack to the Brad Pitt film Babel. The two vocal samples heard at the beginning of the cut are from an interview with Elijah Muhammed and The Wizard Of Oz, respectively.
The Danny Brown-assisted "High" is one of many highlights from Freddie Gibbs and Madlib's newly-released album Pinata. It borrows its hook from Freda Payne's 1977 song "I Get High (On Your Memory)", a very soulful tune. (Read our review of Pinata here.)
Two days ago, Wu-Tang Clan unveiled "Keep Watch," their comeback single. It samples Hamilton Bohannon's "Singing a Song for My Mother," which was also sampled on Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs "I Got to Have it." Can you dig it?
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 Jay Electronica, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib and the Wu-Tang Clan 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.