Possibly the first two artists who have appeared side-by-side on "Samples Of The Week" and also have a photo together, Mobb Deep and The Notorious B.I.G. are both legends in NYC hip hop. Mobb's new song "All A Dream," which features fellow New Yorkers The LOX, steals its hook from Biggie's first line in "Juicy." It's a pretty obvious and played-out choice for a sample, but we'll give Prodigy and Havoc a pass for having actually met Big Poppa.
Samples Of The Week: March 27
Asaad and Ab-Soul dominated their latest collaboration, "Alejandro Jodorowsky Flow," named after the Chilean filmmaker. It contains a sample of the song "What Would You Give in Exchange For Your Soul," but we're not sure which version. The song was penned by Bill Monroe, a country singer, but the sample in Asaad's track sounds more like a soul song.
For "Get It," B.o.B.'s new single, the rapper sampled Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers to Cross," from the phenomenal soundtrack to the 1972 film The Harder They Come. The Jamaican singer's voice gives a massive amount of emotion to B.o.B.'s attempt at old-school, soul-sampling hip-hop.
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 Mobb Deep, Asaad & Ab-Soul and B.o.B 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.