After a couple of leaked versions, Travi$ Scott finally let loose the final version of his and Big Sean's collaborative track "Don't Play" this week. Also listing the band The 1975 as a featured artist, the track contains a vocal sample from the group's song "M.O.N.E.Y."
"Mt. Olympus," Big K.R.I.T.'s latest lyrical tour de force, is boosted by a pair of interesting vocal samples. The first is Juicy J's signature "Yeah hoe" ad-lib, which peppers "Mt. Olympus" throughout, and the latter is a clip of Russell Crowe yelling "Are You Not Entertained?" in the film "Gladiator."
Mac Miller dropped "Happy" a few weeks ago, but it took us a while to track down the sample. Turns out, the song's string-laden beat comes from the song "No Limit" by Jean Terrell, best known as Diana Ross' replacement in The Supremes. Though it's not that well known, the 1978 track is dope, beginning smoothly but soon breaking into a slick disco groove.
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 Travi$ Scott, Big K.R.I.T. and Mac Miller 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.