Rick Ross' new album Hood Billionaire may not have fired on all cylinders, but moments like "Coke Like The '80s" helped it transcend total mediocrity. True to its title, the piano-led track samples one of those infamous "This Is Your Brain on Drugs" PSAs from 1987. Enjoy below.
Samples Of The Week: November 27
The two last things I'd expect from a new Boldy James track are a nod to Judas Priest album art and a Coldplay sample, but that's exactly what "50 Foot Razor Blades," released last week, gave us. With artwork referencing the metal gods' album British Steel, the song goes on to sample Coldplay's "A Rush Of Blood To The Head." Way to keep us on our toes, Harry Fraud!
By this point Azealia Banks' Broke With Expensive Taste is a few weeks old, but with the rapper freed from her label ties, she was free to sample just about anything she wanted to on the free release. The album's track "Soda" borrows its beat from electronic music legend Aphex Twin's track "Pulsewidth," taken from his landmark album Selected Ambient Works 85-92.
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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".
P.S.- Apologies for this arriving a few days later than usual!