Rap: The Samples
Here are some files for you to download and listen to.
I believe these are all songs you will be interested in
listening to and doing so will help you gain a greater
understanding of the information contained on this
All these files are short clips of around 30 to 60 seconds
each in Ogg Vorbis format.
"Who the hell is Ogg Vorbis when he's at home?" I hear you
ask. An ogg file is simply an alterative to a mp3 file. Both
formats offer almost equal quality sound with a small file size
with ogg being slightly better than mp3. However, the main
advantage of ogg is that unlike mp3, it doesn't have patent
restristrictions that make it difficult for me to use it. You
should be able to play ogg files with any player that can play
Who's been sampling whom? - The Breaks.
First up, here are some examples of hip hop songs sampling
songs from other genres. By no means is this list complete.
However, I believe there is a good selection here...
"Impeach the President" by the Honey Drippers.
The drums of the intro to this 1973 record is one of
the most used breaks in hip hop. Sampled by...
- De La Soul on their 1991 hit "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha
Hey)" from their album "De La Sould is
- N.W.A on 1988's "Gangsta Gangsta"
off the album "Straight Outta Compton" and also
"The Days of
Way Back" from their 1991 album
- Nas on "I Can" (More info coming soon)
- 28 Days, this break also made its way into rock
music when 28 Days used it on "Rip
It Up". On this song the sample was sped up
quite a bit but is still unmistakably the "Impeach
the President" break.
"Trans-Europe Express" by Kraftwerk
This German pioneering synthesiser group can lay
claim to inspiring countless electro acts in North
America. This song from the 1977 album of the same name
was sampled by Afrika Bambaataa in 1982 with his now
Worm" by the Ohio Players
This 1972 record is another much used break. Sampled
- N.W.A in a couple of their songs with 1988's
"Gangsta Gangsta" and from 1987, "Dopeman".
- DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince in
"Boom! Shake the Room" There has been some
renewed interest in this song due to Will Smith's
increased popularity as both a rapper and more
importantly an actor.
You My Woman? (Tell Me So)" by The Chi-Lites.
Think of the horns on "Crazy in Love" by Beyonce and
Jay-Z...Need I say more?
Edge" by David McCallum.
The star of the 1960's TV show "The Man From
U.N.C.L.E" was also a talented musician. This 1968
release was sampled quite memorably by Dr Dre on his
"The Next Episode" featuring Snoop Dogg and Nate
Dogg from his strangely titled album, "2001" which was
actually released in 1999.
Pressure" by David Bowie and Queen.
Ah, the track behind "Ice
Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice. Also inspiring counless
people who were ignorant of hip hop music to hassle
Vanilla Ice for "stealing". He still cops flack for
this today, over 15 years later!
"Take Me To The Mardi Gras" by Bob James.
Cleverly disguised within Run DMC's "Peter
Piper" the first track on their brilliant 1986
album "Raising Hell". Also sampled by the World Class
Wrecking Crew in "The Cabbage Patch".
Shoes" by the Eagles.
From their 1979 album "The Long Run", this track was
sampled ten years later in 1989 by the Beastie Boys on
"High Plains Drifter" from the album "Paul's
"Unwind Yourself" by Marva Whitney
This James Brown produced record had a horn section
that was sampled by DJ Kool on
"Let Me Clear My Throat".