Last Friday, Ab-Soul hit us with a one-off track entitled "W.W.S.D." that was pretty surprising, mostly due to the sample contained within. Driving the track is a relatively un-doctored sample of prolific singer/songwriter Jackson Browne's "These Days" (a nod at Soulo's most recent album, no doubt), a staple in '70s AM rock radio. Though Nico has the more famous version of this track (which we may have preferred to hear Soulo spit over), it's still awesome for a rapper to inundate his fans with music they may not be familiar with.
Samples Of The Week: October 2
Yesterday, we got to premiere a new record by OnCue entitled "This Is Not A Song." Produced by Mike Kuz, the soaring track features a sample from noise/electronic/post-rock duo Fuck Buttons, and is probably one of the few (if not the only) hip-hop tracks that has sampled the group. The song of choice is "Sweet Love For Planet Earth," a 10 minute epic that Kuz chops up expertly.
Another Samples Of The Week, another Cortex sample. Yes, this is now the third time that the French group has appeared on this feature, as producers never seem to tire of sampling their trippy '70s output. This time, it's Rick Ross and Stalley who nab a "Sabbat (3eme Partie)" sample for their song "Everything A Dope Boy Ever Wanted." Fans of Captain Murphy might recognize this sample from his track "Mighty Morphin Foreskin."
Dave East Signs To Nas' Mass Appeal Label
Dave East joins Boldy James, Fashawn, Bishop Nehru and Run The Jewels on Nas' Mass Appeal label.
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".