Eminem unveiled his Detroit posse cut "Detroit Vs. Everybody" earlier this week, and along with great verses from Royce Da 5'9", Big Sean, Trick Trick and Danny Brown, the song boasted a dope beat from veteran producer Statik Selektah. A bit more bright and modern-sounding than most of his joints, the track was grounded by its use of James Brown's "Funky Drummer," one of the most commonplace samples in hip-hop, as its beat.
Samples Of The Week: November 13
For Royce Da 5'9" and DJ Premier's first album as PRhyme, producer/musician extraordinaire Adrian Younge gave Premo exclusive access to stems of music he's made. Their recent, self-titled track borrowed some key elements from "Midnight Blue," a song Younge originally made for Something About April, his collaborative album with Venice Dawn.
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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".