Hip-Hop Music – Find Out Who Sampled What?

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Hip-Hop music was built on a foundation of samples. In fact, samples are still heavily used today. Hooks, break beats, and sometimes entire songs are looped as a base for a rapper’s lyrics. The art of sampling is so masterfully done, that often the original song is turned into something unique. So unique – that most listeners don’t even realize it’s a sample.

I love music, and I lived through the lifecycle of Hip-Hop music – from vinyl to streaming. Throughout its life, one thing has remained, sampling. The following is a list of songs and their sampled originals:

  • Rakim “Know The Ledge” – Nat Adderley “Rise, Sally, Rise”
  • Wu Tang Clan “C.R.E.A.M” – The Charmels “As Long As I Got You”
  • Jay-Z “4:44”: – Hannah Williams and The Affirmations “Late Nights & Heart Break”
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince “Summertime” – Kool & The Gang “Summer Madness”
  • DJ Khaled “Holy Mountain” – Billy Boyo “One Spliff A Day”
  • Kanye West “Mercy” – Super Beadle, Fuzzy Jones “Dust A Sound Boy”



Rakim: “Know The Ledge”

(original) Nat Adderley: “Rise, Sally, Rise”


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