Last week, we featured Yelawolf on Samples Of The Week for his freestyle over Primus' "My Name Is Mud," and this week, he's back with another rock music freestyle. This time, he opts to sample Pink Floyd's "Money," specifically the 6.5-minute-long song's opening bass riff and snippets of cash registers. Though the SluMerican sadly didn't attempt to rap in the song's 7/8 time signature, his delivery and lyrics are still impeccable.
Yesterday, Jeezy surprised all of us by dropping a remix of his track "Holy Ghost" that features Kendrick Lamar. When we looked up info on the song's sample, we found something also titled "Holy Ghost" bearing the same artwork that we found on a sample used in "0 To 100." What gives? Apparently the crown you see below is the logo of Kingsway Music Library, which is a "collection of original musical compositions" by hip-hop producer Frank Dukes that were composed specifically to be sampled. That's pretty damn awesome, especially when it leads to an absolute beast of a track like "Holy Ghost."
If you were to see Prince and Mila J's names mentioned in the same article about sampling, you'd pretty much assume it was Mila who was doing the sampling, right? Well, as he's done time and time again throughout his decades-long career, the Purple One is here to prove us wrong yet again.
On Labor Day, he dropped a new track entitled "U Know" (available to stream on VIBE), and it seems to sample Mila J's 2012 track "Blinded." Produced by Jahlil Beats, the song's piano-led bounce is almost identical to that of Prince's new jam.
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".
This week, see who Yelawolf, Jeezy and Prince chose to sample in their recent releases, all of which you can find on HNHH. Check back every Thursday for more record breaks from your favorite artists.