This week, the world screeched to a halt when Kendrick Lamar dropped off the first single from his upcoming album. "i" may not have been what most people were expecting, and most of that was due to its heavy sampling of the Isley Brothers' 1973 hit "That Lady," with its guitar, structure and conga-style drums all deployed on Lamar's Rahki-produced cut. If you came looking for a "Backseat Freestyle" sequel, sorry, but "i" is an awesome update on a classic Rock-n-B track.
Samples Of The Week: September 25
Ok, so it's definitely been a few weeks since Logic released "Driving Ms Daisy," a collab with Childish Gambino, but the sampling on there was done in such a tricky way that it took us a while to track down the source material. The track begins with a woozy whirlwind of synths that are actually the ones from N*E*R*D's "Spaz," only reversed.
Underground, teenaged NY spitter Bishop Nehru got a major co-sign from one of alt-rap's most revered figures, DOOM, this week when the duo put out their NehruvianDOOM project. They shared the track "Caskets" last week, and within were contained two dope samples. The jazzy track took cues Charlie Parker and Miles Davis' "Out Of Nowhere," as well as Gary Davis' "Stay With Me," to create an addictingly groovy product.
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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".