Wiz Khalifa showed us his trap side earlier this week with his new tape 28 Grams, but the first leak from it was a little different. Borrowing Timbaland's beat from Missy Elliott's "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" and adding some subtle updates, "The Rain" is a nice change of pace from songs produced by trap titans such as Sonny Digital, Metro Boomin and members of 808 Mafia.
Ab-Soul gave us the first taste of his upcoming tape this week, the searing "Stigmata," aided by Action Bronson and Asaad. For the song's hook, Soulo interpolates some lyrics found on Nas' "The Cross," which ties in nicely with his song's single artwork.
The line "Life in the city is not very pretty, it seems such a waste of your time" is only sung in passing on The Ebonys' "Life In The Country," an otherwise idyllic ode to rural living. But when Slaughterhouse get ahold of it on "Life In The City," it becomes the song's mantra, fueling verses about inner-city turmoil. This just goes to show how music's meaning can become totally transformed when sampled for another purpose.
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 Wiz Khalifa, Ab-Soul and Slaughterhouse 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.