Sounds Familiar

Kdot iThe art of sampling has been around a long time and has become commonplace in mainstream music nowadays. Although they aren’t the only genre to do it, Hip-Hop artists are most commonly known for taking another beat and flipping it for their rhymes. Kendrick Lamar recently released his new single from his yet to be titled new album. The song “i” is an upbeat positive track that samples the iconic Isley Brothers hit “That Lady.” Lamar is no stranger to samples as one of his biggest hits, “Poetic Justice,” used a sample of Janet Jackson’s 1994 hit “Anytime, Anyplace” and other cuts on his album good kid, m.A.A.d city also features samples.

Here a just a few songs from the past few years that have used samples the right way.



The Throne “The Joy”

Curtis Mayfield “The Makings of You (Live)”

It is pretty much a given that any project involving Kanye West would include a couple of samples. When he and Jay-Z hooked up to create Watch the Throne they were several samples including James Brown, Otis Redding, and even Will Ferrell and Jon Heder from the movie Blades of Glory. There were a few bonus cuts that were included on the deluxe version of the album, one of which included a sample of Curtis Mayfield. “The Joy” is a reflective tune that uses Mayfield’s “The Makings of You (live)” and really should have been included on the main track list.

Drake “Tuscan Leather”
Whitney Houston “I Have Nothing”

The Canadian rapper started off his third album Nothing Was the Same with a song that had no chorus, but it made up for with Whitney Houston’s looped vocals in the background. The song sampled Houston’s 1992 hit “I Have Nothing” from The Bodyguard Soundtrack.

The Game “Celebration”
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony “1st of tha Month”

Th lyrics from the song from The Game’s 2012 album Jesus Piece has such a feel good vibe to it that is only accentuated by the sampling of the breezy track from 1995.

Tank “You’re My Star”
The Jacksons “This Place Hotel”

I mentioned earlier that samples aren’t just a hip-hop thing and here’s just one example. The first release from the R&B crooner’s sixth album Stronger, samples The Jacksons “This Place Hotel.” The song has even inspired a line dance called the The MJ Slide.

What kind of vibes are you getting from K. Dot’s newest song and sample?


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