For "Conscious Effort Freestyle," the second offering from Big K.R.I.T.'s "Week of K.R.I.T.," the Mississippi rapper flowed over Hi-Tek's "Letter to the King" instrumental. The track, originally featuring The Game and Nas, has a smooth, silky vibe that perfectly meshes with Krizzle's ferocious lyrical takedowns of his rivals.
Lil Bibby and Lil Herb's "At Night" takes Corey Hart's 80s hit "Sunglasses At Night" and flips it into a much more menacing message ("I keep my pistol on me at night"). It's a perfect distillation of Chiraq's roughness contained within a sleazy rock sample, further proving that Bibby and Herb are drill's most unpredictable artists.
Snoop Dogg's new Madlib-produced joint, the exceedingly funky "Cadillacs," contains a sample of funk masterpiece "Cutie Pie" by One Way. The bouncy track recalls G-Funk's earliest days, and it's a wonder that Dr. Dre never sampled the same song before.
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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