To the uneducated, ‘sampling’ is when a producer or DJ (Deejay or ‘Disc Jockey’) ‘cuts’ a bit of a ‘song’ and puts that bit of ‘song’ into another ‘song’.
Some of these samples are overt, well known and easy to spot, for instance: Cypress Hill’s seminal hit (excuse the pun) ‘Hits From the Bong’ samples Dusty Springfield’s ‘Son of a Preacher Man’, and there’s a bit from Blades of Glory in ‘N*ggas in Paris’ by Jay-Z and Kanye West. However, some producers and artists delve into complete obscurity to find the weirdest and most wonderful samples to set them above the rest. Here at EVILTWIN, we’ve compiled a list of the Top 5 Sample Originals that you might not have spotted.
1. Michael McDonald - ‘I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)’
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Warren G feat. Nate Dogg - ‘Regulate’
This wonderful song from Michael McDonald’s 1982 solo album If That’s What It Takes (his first away from The Doobie Brothers), was sampled in the unreasonably incredible classic from 1994, ‘Regulate’ by Warren G featuring Nate Dogg. Arguably the greatest song of all time, ‘Regulate’ heavily samples McDonald’s velvety slow-jam to great effect.
Although the songs differ in content and concept, one thing is for certain: Mike, Warren and Nate were definitely all just out for some fine-ass honeys.
2. Luiz Eca - ‘Pra Dizer Adeus’
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Task Force feat. Braintax & Jehst - ‘Cosmic Gypsies’
In my opinion, this is probably one of the best examples of sampling in the history of the tradition. Produced by Braintax, this truly shows the mastery of a producer who has been able to listen to an entire piece of music and pick out the exact 8 bar phrase that would make an undeniably iconic UK Hip Hop track. Mad props yo.
3. Dexter Wansel - ‘Voyager’
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Kendrick Lamar - ‘Blow My High (Members Only)’
If we’re going to talk about obscure sampling, Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Blow My High’ definitely deserves a mention. This incredible and mad 70s jazz/funk track by Dexter Wansel, slowed down around 40-50 BPM somehow creates the perfect hip hop jam without any other edits.
4. Penderosa Twins - ‘Bound’
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Kanye West - ‘Bound 2’
Kanye’s ‘Bound 2’ is probably one of the most talked about songs of the last year and we all know why... No it’s not because of his mad, cocaine-fantasy of a video (complete with nipple-less wife and white stallions), it’s due to the wonderful comeback of Pederosa Twins ‘Bound’ into popular music.
5. Herbie Hancock - ‘Jessica’
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Mobb Deep - ‘Shook Ones Part II’
This belongs here more out of respect than anything else. ‘Shook Ones Part II’ is where Hip Hop and Jazz royalty meet. Both the sampler and the sampled are outstanding in their own right, and together are sublime.