One of the three tracks Drake dumped on us Saturday night was "How Bout Now," a track that -- like "Jodeci Freestyle" before it -- makes good on Drizzy's love for Jodeci. The new track samples the R&B group's 1993 song "My Heart Belongs To U."
Samples Of The Week: October 30
T.I.'s new album Paperwork kicks off with "King," a brutal opening salvo that reminds us of his glory days. Funnily enough, it samples a song by an Irish artist. Gareth Dunlop's 2012 song "Lay It Down" is the culprit.
Bicoastal behemoths Que and Problem linked up this week for a track called "Work In" that has probably the most recognizable sample of the week. Cheekily reframing the "I gotta bag it up" part of Blackstreet's Dr. Dre-produced '90s hit "No Diggity" into a drug-slanging anthem, the duo turn out a great track.
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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".